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On "Forget Met Not" featured in Legacy: An Anthology
"Can you avoid your own fate? Four sisters struggle with coming to terms with a family legend. Superstition and a little mystery surround this story about sisterhood, soul-searching and forgiveness, I found this story very unique and touching."


On "Forget Met Not" featured in Legacy: An Anthology

"Carroll takes a different approach to legacy through her short, "Forget Me Not."  It takes you on a roller coaster ride, starting with anger and frustration (partly because you don't understand what is causing it) to sadness and regret to even smiles and warm content.  It was ultimately a sweet story that closed with a sort of perfection (as odd as it may sound)."


The plot complexity, historical and literary allusions, and depth of character in A White Room impressed me from start to finish. Very quickly, I moved from thinking, “This was written by a Navy wife?!” to simply appreciating the novel on its own merits. The story becomes as darkly layered as the strange, weirdly inventive Victorian furniture that crowds Emeline’s home, and Carroll plays constantly with the idea that things are never as they first seem. Her attention to the process of adjustment, and to the adaptability of a female character in a tough spot, seems particularly apt subject matter for a military spouse — and then Carroll takes it all up a notch, telling a tense, dark, but in the end very human story.”

“This is a great story that touches so many aspects of late Victorian history in the US, I don't quite know where to begin! Emeline is a wonderful character, who is strong in the face of adversity, and sacrifices so much of herself to support her family. Here is a heroine to admire, and look up to. She is brave, resourceful, intelligent and compassionate."

Art Nouveau sculture Loïe Fuller by 
François-Raoul Larche
(Worldwide Public Domain)

“Carroll does a superb job of pulling the reader in from the start. We feel as if we are Emma, her thoughts and actions and worries so pervasive to our own minds.  Just as the house seeps in to our bones and we feel it closing around us as Emma does, as we feel the creepiness making the hair on our arms raise, just as we ourselves might go mad out of anger for Emma’s life, a redeeming break happens. The light enters in and Emma shines."

 “From the moment we meet the Evans family to the turn of the final pages on the Dorrs, the pages are filled with characters to remember for better AND worse, events that will both inspire and sicken, and a creeping madness that will make you second guess the sanity of many, including your own.  It's THAT riveting.  It's THAT enthralling.  It's THAT well written that you become involved in everyone's life by book's end and you'll never see where everything is creeping to...never.  That my friends is DEFINITELY a good thing. Why?  Well certainly not because the ending isn't satisfying, because it surely is, but simply because it keeps twisting just out of your grasp but without showing you that the twist is about to happen.  It leads you to believe one thing will occur with your full self and then WHOOSH, a believable yet completely unexpected little something shifts and you're bound to the page once again."

“This book, like the furniture, like Emeline's sanity perhaps, is snaky, hard to pin down. At first, I thought it was simply going to be a send up on Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper', but it's more than just a look at Victorian attitudes toward women and their mental health. There's an oppressive kind of mystery, right out of a Shirley Jackson story or a Stephen King novel, with a close knit small town fighting to keep their secrets. I was tense the whole time, even though this book isn't a thriller, but I couldn't stand not knowing what was happening, and if Emeline was sane or mad.  Emeline's salvation, her freedom from the house, comes almost by accident, and shifts this novel from an homage to 'The Yellow Wallpaper' to a kind of historical mystery or thriller." 


“This book has a lot to offer in terms of history and a wide variety of themes. The writing in this book is gorgeous which really lifts the story up a notch. It’s also based around a very interesting main story, something that I have not yet come across in my years of reading. So that made me instantly take a liking to the story and ready to delve into this book. And I’m very glad that I did because this book was definitely worth it!"

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