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Thursday, April 21, 2011

"R" Is For Rose Hall Great House

"Rose Hall" pastel by MM Sikes
"An odd misty haze hung over the porch, obscuring some of it from her view. The filmy fog held particles of smoke-like dust that glittered in the diminished light. Stranger yet, the sun had shifted in the sky to signal the onset of early evening twilight.

"The large porch exuded elegant splendor, as the fog around it dissipated. Lavish floral arrangements proclaimed opulence and wealth, and lighted candles in the center of each table projected wispy shadows all around..."

This is from my novel, Hearts Across Forever, when Kathryn visits Rose Hall Great House and suddenly finds herself shifting in time and viewing a scene from another lifetime in Jamaica.

When I first saw Rose Hall Great House, I was captivated by the charm of the beautiful old mansion and I was intrigued by the tale of the "white witch" who murdered her husbands and intimidated all those around her. I had to connect that story in a book. Thus Hearts Across Forever was born.

If you go to Jamaica, don't miss a side trip to Rose Hall Great House. You won't soon forget your visit. Thank you A to Z blog for bringing back my memories.


Siv Maria said...

Rosehall what an interesting name. I want to live there :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You have beautiful writing, Monti!

Michael Di Gesu said...


Now I know why you like my writing so, we have very similar styles.

Your description was beautiful.

Monti said...

Thanks, Siv. Jamaica is beautiful and Rose Hall is fascinating!

Alex, what a lovely compliment!

Michael, thank you for the compliment as well. And I hadn't thought about the similarity in style, but you're right!

N. R. Williams said...

Hmmm...Katherine. Is she the same character in Night Watch?
N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium.

Monti said...

No, Nancy, but I do seem to have an attraction to that name. I am doing a sequel of another book, Secrets by the Sea and using some of the same characters!

Good observation!

J.L. Campbell said...

Hi, Monti,

I live in Jamaica, so of course, this particular post caught my eyes. I'll put your book on my 'to acquire and read list'

Happy Easter!