☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
What It’s About:
Seven Siblings. Seven Years. Seven Spellbinding Novels.
1970. New Orleans. The seven Deschanel siblings live with their long-suffering mother in an historic Garden District mansion. Each of them unique. Each of them born with a gift. In some cases, a gift they wish they could give back.
When August Deschanel died, he left his wife, Irish Colleen, with more than seven children to raise. She inherited a job she was never prepared for: bringing up his heirs in a world she doesn’t understand. She’d never seen true magic, not before marrying into the most prominent—and mysterious—family in New Orleans. Now, she can’t escape it.
Irish Colleen knows a terrible secret. Her youngest, a prophet, has seen a future that is unavoidable: the Deschanels will not leave 1970 without losing one of the seven. She knows only that it will happen, but not when, how… or to whom.
Charles, the playboy heir apparent. Augustus, the family fixer. Colleen, the unfailing pragmatist. Madeline, the bleeding heart. Evangeline, the genius. Maureen, the dreamer. Elizabeth, the tortured one.
One of her children must die, and Irish Colleen can do nothing to stop it.
In 1970: The Seven (Book One), author Sarah Cradit portrays te excesses and clichés of the decade; this very creative prequel/backstory is replete with peace signs bell bottoms, sizzlers, Trans Ams, drugs and “free love”.
Ms. Cradit deftly includes much of the political and social turmoil, and for readers born after the era, it is a good starting point for some research on recent history!
While Ms. Cradit provides some interesting historical fiction, her book is really about Colleen Deschanel who is the matriarch and leader of the Deschanel Magi Collective Council featured in the author’s House of Crimson and Clover saga. Ardent fans of the series will love the Deschanel’s backstory! You get a sense of why the 1970’s Deschanel kids become wrecks of adults in the saga. They are raised by a “non-magical”, single mom who doesn’t understand or appreciate the gifts her children inherited from their late father.
Raging teenage hormones and unchecked paranormal gifts make for a highly dysfunctional family and high drama in Irish Colleen Deschanel’s household and in 1970: The Seven. Ms. Cradit’s character study and saga backstory can be read as a standalone, but will be best appreciated by her ardent fans who have already read her excellent House of Crimson and Clover saga.
Watch for more of the Deschanel’s antics in the 1970’s…
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