Dormaine G’s Madame Lilly: Voodoo Priestess is a captivating novella that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t stop squeezing until you reach the end — which is a cliffhanger.
Odara is a beautiful young girl who is Creole and is being groomed to be a mistress to a married Frenchman who can pay a decent dowry; money which her parents could use. Odara does not want that life. She wants to be a seamstress. She knows she’s talented and her designs are sought after. However, her mother knows the ways of their world best. She pressures her daughter to learn the genteel lessons needed for the life they were grooming her for.
Yet, Odara is different. She has a special talent that her mother begs her to never speak of — Odara can see and speak with the deceased.
Even Odara’s grandmother encourages her to ignore that special side of herself as it is dangerous and could bring harm to Odara and those around her. The cryptic but vague warnings sail over Odara’s head. She has other things to think about including a handsome young man vying for her attention. After a year, he succeeds in sweeping the lovely Odara off her feet and she marries him when she’s 18 years old.
Shortly after her marriage, she finds out her husband is not the man her purported to be. Not only is he married she realizes that he is cruel masochist. After 12 hard years of physical and mental abuse as his mistress (even though she has her own home with him), Odara snaps and that long-forgotten side of herself rears its mystical head. This is truly where the story begins!
Warning: This is not a story for the feint of heart. There is graphic violence depicted along with ceremonial sacrifices.