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A Selection of Full Length Reader Reviews
The Beginning of Charlotte Ann
Reviewer: Weet Weet’s Bookshelf
I could not wait to get my hands on Charlotte Ann's story. I had wondered about her and how she came about as I read the first three books in the series and now it all finally comes to light. It was amazing to learn about Charlotte's history. Charlotte Ann's Coven tells you about her past, giving you a closer look at how she became who she is now. You also get to learn how her Coven got started and how the members from the previous books became a part of it. I have loved Charlotte Ann since the first book. She is a strong character that has stuck out in all the books in this series. I'm glad I finally got to learn more about her.
Best Story of the Series
Reviewer: Little Red’s Book Reviews
HOLY SMOKES!! This book is THE BEST ONE of the entire Master of Whitehall series!! The one I anticipated the most and Veal DID NOT DISAPPOINT that's for sure. The history of Charlotte Ann and how she became immortal was epic. I mean to read about that era in time, how she lost a loved one, fell in love and then became immortal is done with such class and talent. Veal did such an amazing job with this story. I have to say I am impressed due to all the research and history of the time and how it was written. It was also great to read about Charlotte Ann turning James. My favorite part of the book was how she had turned immortal but learned from Gale how to bury her past so she could move on with the future. BRAVO RICK!!!! A STORY WELL DONE AND MORE THAN I EXPECTED!! BEST STORY OF THE SERIES!!!
Charlotte Anne's Coven answers all the questions … and then some …
Young Adult and Teen Readers
Charlotte Ann’s Coven is a classical love story that is destined to take its place alongside ‘Gone with the Wind’ and other romantic classics.
Little Red's Book Reviews
This is one of those books I refer to as a ‘comfort book’ … when you open the cover you're going to be swept away to another place and time where you'll believe vampires really walk this earth.
Michelle’s Book Ends
Charlotte Ann evolves into a fascinating woman ... beautiful and genteel ... but a hard core vampire and a vicious killer.
Betty Olsen – Reader/Reviewer
Charlotte Ann’s Coven is an intriguing story of love, loss, friendship and emotional growth that will take the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotion.
Book Reviews by Lynn
Charlotte Ann is an in depth character that possesses a magnitude of intensity … a character with a passion for life … that is incredibly intriguing and authentic …
Stephanie Graham-Beetham – Reader/Reviewer
Travel across the ages in a story that is rich in detail and flowing beautifully to discover where Charlotte Ann came from and how she became the immortal she is today.
Kainas Book Blog
Charlotte Ann's Coven is a wonderful mix of historical, contemporary, and paranormal.
Christy Dixon – Reader/Reviewer
Charlotte Ann’s Coven reels you in and leaves you wanting more …
Donna Dearing Harms – Reader/Reviewer
Loved ... Loved ... Loved!!!
Reviewer: Kainas Book Blog
In this latest installment of The Master of Whitehall series, we hear the story of Charlotte Ann. I was excited to read this, as I had always found her intriguing and was curious about her story.
Charlotte Ann's story takes you across centuries and continents. Hers is a story of love, loss and family. Rich in detail and flowing beautifully, we follow Charlotte through the grief of losing her father and finding a new immortal life with her love and maker, Ferdinand. Travel across the ages and learn where she came from and how she became the immortal she is today.
Even if you haven't read the other books in this series, Charlotte Ann's Coven can be read as a stand-alone and it will not disappoint you.
A Timeless Romance
Reviewer: Christy Dixon (Amazon Reader/Reviewer)
I have waited so long for Charlotte Ann's story and I was defiantly not let down … the wait was worth every minute. Veal has a way of weaving a beautiful web in which you get lost and it makes you feel a part of the story. Charlotte Ann's Coven is a wonderful mix of historical, contemporary, and paranormal. I loved being able to finally learn about Charlotte Ann's past. There are also some new characters to meet and some new facts about old favorites that will have the reader not wanting to put this story down. Happy Reading!
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The Best Story of the Series
Reviewer: Douglas Meeks (Amazon Top 500 Reviewer)
I should point out that I have read all of the Master of Whitehall books and so I might be looking at this story a bit differently than those who might be starting with this story.
Charlotte Ann is one of the major players in the series and her past has been a bit murky but alluring. This novel does put most of those things we have wondered about to rest (with the exception of a very few which I think will be used in future books).
As with any vampire prequel such as this, it takes you back to the days when Charlotte Ann was a human and then takes you through her conversion and life as a young vampire up until shortly before present day (with a short present day epilogue)
I found the story to be addicting and hard to put down, it explored the emotional as well as the more physical problems associated with things and gave a nicely researched look at few centuries into the past. The only problem some people might have with this story (and a few stories in the series) is that these are not the modern version of vampires but more of a cross between Bram Stoker’s vampires and the ones most popular in present day paranormal literature. The author seems to write in a niche between horror and modern day vampire literature that nobody else writes stories about with the possible exception of Tony-Paul de Vissage. Veal is also one of only a small handful of authors who adhere to a more lethal vampire than all the whitewashed ones of more popular novels. While they are likable they are NOT human and the body count that piles up through feeding in the early centuries (although the vast majority of the victims are criminals of the worst sort) is very astounding and might not be to everyone’s taste.
Bottom Line: I thought it might be the best story of the series, it covered a lot of ground and kept my interest with a combination of emotional turmoil mixed with a near perfect amount of action. I hated to see it end which brings me to the only part of the novel that was not enthralling IMHO and that is the epilogue that takes place in present day, for my reading enjoyment it fell flat and while it does not damage the other 95% of the novel, it was not up to the quality either in this reviewer's opinion, coupled with a few questionable actions by our petite protagonist I give it 4 stars and maybe a bit more for some readers. Still it was a great story for one of the most interesting characters in the series and make no mistake, highly recommended indeed.
Leaves You Wanting More
Reviewer: Donna Dearing Harms
Charlotte Ann's Coven is a wonderful step back into history and how she was reborn into her life as an immortal. You can feel her pain at the loss of her father, the joy of her new found life, and understand that transition was easy for her to make. She makes no apologies for what she has become and how she has to live. You feel the love for her true mate, Ferdinand, and for her first 'child' James. Charlotte Ann's story reels you in and leaves you wanting more.
Answers All The Questions ... And Then Some
Reviewer: Young Adult and Teen Readers
Ever wondered what it's really like to be a vampire? Immortal? With all that time, what do they do day to day, year to year? How do they find their lives? Do they live a solitary existence? Charlotte Anne's story answers your questions and then some. This book follows Charlotte from the time of her change until the present day. The financial side, food, travel, friendships. This book covers it all and does so in a way that doesn't allow you to put it down. This is a well written book that spans centuries and continents.
An Infatuating Story ...
Reviewer: Stephanie Beetham
Let me start by saying that I am absolutely infatuated by Mr. Veal’s characters. He never ceases to captivate his reader’s heart. Charlotte Ann’s Coven is the perfect addition to the Master of Whitehall saga.
Charlotte Ann has such a magnitude of wonderful intensity. She is such an in depth character, with an extreme amount of passion. Her story is incredibly intriguing and authentic. Her life just holds so much volume. The time period in which she lived, seemed to demean so much of what she had to offer. Meeting Ferdinand allows Charlotte Ann the privilege to sustain her hunger for what the world has to offer, by claiming her life and offering one of immortality.
The course in which her life unfolds is perfectly depicted by the author. Every natural emotion that exists is encompassed by Charlotte Ann. From the time she is simply a young girl waiting anxiously on the docks for her father to return home from the sea … until fate brings her to Ferdinand … and ultimately to finding her place with her new family at Whitehall. I fell in love with this book. The author’s intentions with this character are well thought out and presented. I can’t give this book enough praise! I can assure that you will not be disappointed!!
Vampire Stories at Their Best
Reviewer: Michelle’s Book Ends
“My name is Charlotte Ann Erickson, I'm a vampire, and this is the story of my life. It's a story that began before the first English settlers ever set foot in America, while James the First was the King of England. It is a journey that has taken me across nearly four hundred years thus far and there's an eternity yet to go. During that time I have loved, been loved, and experienced happiness and heartbreak more than once. My life has bridged the centuries and included escapades and exploits second to none …”
This is the fourth book in the “Master of Whitehall” series and I couldn't wait to read it. The first three were so well written, with wonderful characters and beautiful scenery. A timely tale with history woven in to show us how these immortals came to be in our time. This story was also of the same quality as the others and did not disappoint. Charlotte Ann has decided it's time to tell the story of how she came to be an immortal and the real history of immortals over time.
Her story begins in London in 1625, she’s the daughter of a captain whose ship leaves one day never to return. Charlotte Ann shows us her life from where it began to where she was reborn immortal. We get to hear her tales of life over the last 400 years or so. You will meet the people she has loved and lost and befriended, and the ones who will stay forever. You will see how she met James, “The Master of Whitehall” and how their lives weaved in and out of time.
Being around ships and sailors, listening to their tales of travels far away gave her a desire to see the world. Still despondent over her father's probable death she sets out on her own to see the unknown world around her. A chance meeting with a man named Ferdinand changes her life forever. Together they see the world, amass their fortunes and drink all the blood they can sink their teeth into. They change with the world in order to fit in and continue to grow their wealth. The bodies do stack up. I like how they choose their victims. Sounds crazy right? Well if they're going to rid the world of pedophiles, robbers and murderers I see no issue with that.
Something I found fascinating was the way that Charlotte Ann adapted as the times changed, from the way of dress to the way of living, from inn keeper to bottling her own wine. The way that she originally made money robbing the robbers who robbed graves to the investments later on, and residing in New York City of all places. She watched war after war and moved from place to place to avoid it. These are all extremely interesting historical facts throughout her story.
This is one of those books I refer to as a “comfort book”. You know when you finish the very first one in a series and how much you know you're going to enjoy the others? Each book after is just a good fit. You know when you open the cover you're going to be swept away to another place and time where you'll believe vampires really walk this earth. This author is pretty convincing on this aspect. I'm pretty sure he knows something and he may very well be the real “Master of Whitehall”.
“… when I began this wonderful journey I never imagined myself as a coven maker … just a young girl in love with a very special man. He gave me a life I never thought possible and taught me to be strong and independent. Now I have a family, a coven if you prefer, and one that gives me great joy to know that all of them share my strength and independence …” Charlotte Ann
While this is the fourth book in this series it’s thankfully not the last! Mr. Veal is currently at work on the 5th book in the “Master of Whitehall” series. This is also a standalone but I really recommend reading the others in the series as it ties everything together and fills in the little spaces.
An Enchanting but Deadly Immortal
Reviewer: Book Reviews by Lynn
This is the fourth book in The Master of Whitehall Saga. I loved it! Charlotte Ann Erikson is a fantastic character. I liked her very much. We were first introduced to her in the first book, The Master of Whitehall. This is her story and follows her journey from being a young daughter of a sea faring merchant in 1625, to one of the most enchanting but deadly immortals still alive today. I really liked getting to know her better, and enjoyed watching her growth as a character worthy of respect.
Having read the other three books in the series, I was excited when the author contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reading this one. I jumped at the chance and was not disappointed.
I was quickly pulled into the story and was swept away into the past. The author has done a lot of research into the history of not only countries, specifically the European continent and the United Kingdom and lastly America, but the important events within those countries through the centuries. His descriptions brought the past to life, as well as certain characters. I loved meeting Ferdinand, Charlotte Ann’s future mate, though his history is a bit of a mystery even to this day. He seems to be warm and loving though, so I hope his story will be told one day. I also loved meeting Jemison. He may be a mortal, but he (along with his family) plays an important role in Charlotte Ann’s life. Immortals’ seem to have no concept of time, unless certain events or people they meet and interact with in their normal day to day existence. Jemison’s character definitely makes an impact on Charlotte Ann’s life and gives her a reference point for time. Another character that makes an impression on her life is James Dubois (The Master of Whitehall, book one in the saga). He becomes her child, lover and friend. However, her heart still belongs to her mate and one true love, Ferdinand.
This book is told through the eyes of Charlotte Ann and it took me on a roller coaster ride of emotion. I found myself empathising with Charlotte Ann as she dealt with the terrible loss of a parent. It is not easy to lose someone you love. I also felt her happiness in finding Ferdinand and the sadness at their parting. I also was a little envious of her for finding a wonderful companion and friend in James. But I was totally ecstatic when a surprise visitor makes a return. Charlotte Ann has lived a long and sometimes turbulent life, and I have thoroughly enjoyed taking a journey through history and her memories of them with her. I hope that she will have many more years to make new memories in the future.
Rick Veal has written an intriguing series of love, loss, friendship and emotional growth. His characters are lifelike and likable. His writing style has improved a lot and is faster paced than ever before. The flow of the story is wonderful, and this kept me turning the pages. I do not know if there will be any more books in this series, but even if there are not, I would definitely read more of this authors work in the future. There are some scenes of a sensual nature that are a little on the hot side (although not as explicit as some books I have read), so I do not recommend this book for younger readers. I do, however, recommend this book (and series) if you love paranormal romances with sexy vampires or immortal beings.