Blurb: The genius and the sunshine girl. As children, we fought bitterly and often, bickering every chance we got.
But then we grew up. Then we came back.
Delphine Dansey carries her heart on the outside of her body; she’s looking for love and chasing dreams. She’s spoiled and selfish, the kind of beautiful that’s made for money and fame. But somehow she’s ended up in my keeping: a pretty submissive I can’t seem to resist, a lover who obsesses and tempts me.
I thought I’d locked my heart away a long time ago, along with all my other weaknesses. But some doors won’t stay closed, no matter how hard I fight to keep them shut. She unravels me, just like our friends are unraveling, just like Thornchapel itself is unraveling.
All year long, we’ve been sowing lust and jealousy and pain, heedless of the consequences. But a harvest is inevitable, and so now we must reap our sorrows.
And our sighs.
Harvest of Sighs is the third installment of the Thornchapel series and one of my most anticipated books of the year. This series has captivated me and draws me in deeper and deeper as the story progresses.
In this installment we get to see more of Rebecca, who has remained a bit of a mystery up until now. This book has taken a character that for me was a little meh, to quickly making her one of my favorites of the six. She is full of depth and I love her strength and her vulnerability….when she shows it. Delphine also blossomed in this book too. She is a lesson in female empowerment. She took what tore her down and built herself a brand because of it. She turned the tables and used it as a strength rather than a weakness. I admire her for that. That doesn’t mean that she still doesn’t suffer, because she does, and it’s heartbreaking. She’s also the perfect compliment to Rebecca, who appears to be so stoic and reserved, where Delphine is boisterous and affectionate.
We also get to delve a bit more deeply in to Beckett. His internal struggles come to a head in this book and I really felt for him. The only time he seems to be truly happy is with Poe. The rest of the time he seems to struggle between the world that the six of them created and the world that he has chosen for himself, and the pull of the forbidden just only gets stronger.
We were left with quite the ending for Auden, St Sebastian, and Poe. Auden is like the devil on the shoulder of St Sebastian tempting him with all of his desires, but they set boundaries. They set limits, and brothers don’t do what St Sebastian wants to do. The tension is palpable and there is only one way it can end….with the promise that was made to Auden that Poe and St Sebastian promised to uphold.
We also get a glimpse in to the backstory of how these six are connected, and it’s just as twisted for the older generation as it is for our favorite sextet. We see how generations before fared when it came to keeping the magic alive outside of Thornchapel, and it wasn’t always pretty, and to be honest, it is quite dark. I’ve always waited to see if this group can be the one who can lay Thornchapel’s secrets to rest and live as they want to, or is Thornchapel’s hold so strong that it will ultimately destroy them. We know the ritual, we know how it is supposed to end, how it ended for Poe’s mother, and for Estamond. I can’t wait to see the final layers peeled back and all the secrets revealed in the final book.
*Harvest of Sighs is Book Three in the Thornchapel series.*
About the Author: Sierra Simone is a USA Today Bestselling former librarian (who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk.) She lives with her husband and family in Kansas City.