||June 1, 2010
After being the backdrop for 1948's critically acclaimed tragic romance, Cape Seduction, Northern California's Dragon Rock Lighthouse sat shuttered and abandoned for decades-and it also happened to be the last place up-and-coming Hollywood starlet Darla Foster was seen alive. When photojournalist Rebecca Burke locks horns with Los Angeles attorney Matt Farralone while trying to gain access to the derelict off-shore beacon, she encounters the spirit of the sassy, once-promising Oscar-hopeful Foster, and uncovers a 60-year-old secret that sets her world on end.
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As the backdrop for 1948’s critically acclaimed tragic romance, Cape Seduction, Northern California’s Dragon Rock Lighthouse has been shuttered and abandoned for decades—and was the last place up-and-coming Hollywood starlet Darla Foster was seen alive.
When photojournalist Rebecca Burke locks horns with Los Angeles attorney Matt Farralone while trying to gain access to the derelict off-shore beacon, she encounters the spirit of the sassy, once-promising Oscar-hopeful Foster, and uncovers a 60 year old secret that sets her world on end.
Northern California, Near the Oregon Coast
Rebecca Burke squinted at the road ahead, hoping to make out the taillights of the car in front of her.
Fog is nothing like soup. Not green, not hot, not tasting like some disgusting pureed legume.
The eerie silence unnerved her. She snapped on the radio and twisted the knob in search of something other than talk or rap. Settled on Garth Brooks.
Coast Highway ran only two lanes in either direction, and Rebecca kept to the right, nervously alternating between gas pedal and brake. She wasn't used to this thick, cottony mist. Dense fog almost never occurred back in Phoenix. She focused her attention on the white abyss before her. Surely it would burn off soon.
Was anyone behind her? Quick glances into the rearview mirror revealed nothing but retreating gray. Perhaps I’ve entered the Twilight Zone, she thought, trying to conjure a chuckle.
As the roadway swept around the base of a steep cliff, Garth's warble turned to noisy static. Rebecca reached for the tuner, intending to search for a stronger signal. Out of nowhere, a car charged past her on the left, churning up a brief clearing before being swallowed by the whiteness ahead.
Startled, Rebecca's heart quickened, and she took tighter control of the steering wheel. She considered pulling over, but since she couldn’t see the roadway to the side, she hesitated, slowed her speed even more. But what if a faster motorist hit her from behind?
The radio static grew. Rebecca again attempted to tune in something more agreeable, pausing when she discerned traces of a female voice behind the noise. Just a word, here and there.
"Time has come…find me…" Rebecca frowned, concentrating as she listened.
Again she checked her mirror. Seeing nothing, she started to pull her eyes back to the road when something appeared. A face, a woman's face, stared at her from the backseat.
A shockwave bolted through Rebecca's body at the sight. Grasping the steering wheel, she hit the brake, pulled the Volkswagen off the highway, and came to a skidding stop. She quickly twisted around, stared hard at the empty seat, the floor, the back window, and the fog.
I must be losing it.
Fortunately, there was a wide, flat shoulder where she’d left the highway. She looked to her left where the occasional car rushed by, traveling south. To the right, the fog lay heavy over the Pacific Ocean. Garth had resumed his mournful tale of unrequited love.
Rebecca smacked the off button on the radio, leaned back in her seat, closed her eyes. Clearly, her anxiety had caused a hallucination. There was no one in the car with her. She could barely recall the details of the woman's face, so brief was the vision. For a moment, she wondered if she'd seen her late mother's face; she'd dreamed about Mom just the night before. Heart still pounding, she opened her eyes and peeked into the rearview mirror. Nothing obstructed her view of the back window and the menacing fog beyond.
A great intro to a new-to-me author!
In 1948, young up-and-coming actress Darla Foster lands a role in a major studio picture, to be filmed at a remote Northern California lighthouse. Shortly after the film's release, Darla disappears, never to be seen again.
In 2008, along a remote stretch of a California highway, photographer Rebecca Burke sees a woman sitting in the backseat of her car—except she's traveling by herself. Later, she sees the same woman on the steps of Dragon Rock Lighthouse. But does the woman actually exist? If so, who is she?
Drawn to the lighthouse and to solving the mystery of the ghostly woman, Rebecca butts heads with L.A. attorney Matt Farralone, who is the lighthouse owner's attorney. Unfortunately for Rebecca, the owner doesn't want anyone anywhere near the lighthouse.
I thought this was a great book. Told in chapters alternating between 1948 and 2008, the author does a terrific job of telling Darla's story in parallel to Rebecca's solving the mystery of Darla's disappearance. Each chapter had just enough of a cliffhanger to make me want to read the next chapter, to see what happens next with Darla, or what Rebecca would do or discover next. The budding romance between Rebecca and Matt is sweet and adds another layer to the story, especially with the secret that is unraveled at the end of the book.
This is a well-written, captivating story. I will definitely be reading more from Anne Carter!
--Charlotte Cowie, Paranormal Romances
Cape Seduction - The Romance Studio
May 2008 - Rebecca Burke was driving her Volkswagon on coast highway near Crescent City when she saw a person in her back seat. She screamed, pulled the car over and looked in the back. No one was there. She tried to start her car back up and found it dead. She called a tow truck. She retrieved her camera from the trunk and looked around for something interesting to take a picture of and spotted a weather-beaten lighthouse on a large jutting rock.
June 1948 - Lighthouse near Crescent City - A Hollywood movie, Cape Seduction was being filmed on location. Darla Foster and Jordan Kent were starring in the murder mystery. But there was a drama unfolding behind the scenes which was more seductive. Twenty year old Darla had a large crush on her co-star and planned on seducing him. Jordan was fascinated by Darla but there was a problem -- he was married. His wife was Cecelia Bregman, the producer's daughter. If Jordan became involved with Darla, his career would be over.
This story was a mystery within a mystery and a story within a story. Sounds confusing but the author did a fabulous job of keeping the plot moving smoothly between 2008 and 1948. I loved reading about old Hollywood. I had a clear picture of old time movie stars sitting around with shots of bourbon and clouds of cigarette smoke discussing their next movie. Their lives seemed so seductive with a lot of back stabbing. I'm a history buff and I believe everything has a story. Rebecca was drawn to the lighthouse without knowing why. I would be drawn to it because of the story behind it. This was a very absorbing story.
Five Hearts! - Theresa B.
Cape Seduction - Manic Readers
In 1948 Darla Foster and Jordan Kent starred in Cape Seduction, directed by Harvey Bregman, Jordan’s father in law. As so often happens in this situation, Darla and Jordan have an affair. The consequences of this particular affair were highly unexpected and reach sixty years into the future.
Cape Seduction is equal parts tragedy, ghost story, and love story. The chapters alternate between 2008 and 1948-9. The alternating chapter/era maintains a high tension level throughout. The late Forties were some glamorous and scary times for Hollywood. During this era’s chapters we meet Darla, Jordan, Russell, Cecilia and Harvey. Darla, Jordan and Russell are actors. Harvey is a big time director and Cecilia, his daughter, is married to Jordan. Harvey sees in Darla that “something” that creates a star. He makes the movie Cape Seduction, in Northern California, starring Darla and Jordan. This is the beginning of the whole sordid tale. In 2008 we meet Rebecca and Matt. Everything they hold dear and hope to have is threatened by past events. It’s quite a conundrum and I relished every word. There were some excellent twists that kept this oft told story fresh. I will certainly be on the lookout for more books by Ms. Carter.
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