Title: Dracula In LoveAuthor: Karen EssexPublisher: Random HousePublication Date: July 5,2011Pages:368
|“Reader, you are about to enter a world that exists simultaneous with your own. But be warned: in its realm, there are no rules, and there is certainly no neat formula to become—or to destroy—one who has risen above the human condition…The truth is, we must fear monsters less and be warier of our own kind.”
London, 1890. Mina Murray, the rosy-cheeked, quintessentially pure Victorian heroine, becomes Count Dracula’s object of desire. To preserve her chastity, five male “defenders” rush in to rescue her from the vampire’s evil clutches. This is the version of the story we’ve been told. But now, from Mina’s own pen, we discover that the story is vastly different when told from the female point of view.
In this captivating, bold act of storytelling, award-winning author Karen Essex breathes startling new life into the characters of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, transporting the reader into the erotic and bizarre underbelly of the original story. While loosely following the events of its classic predecessor, Dracula in Love deviates from the path at every turn.
The result is a darkly haunting, propulsive, and rapturous tale of immortal love and possession.
From the shadowy banks of the river Thames to the wild and windswept Yorkshire coast, Dracula’s eternal muse—the most famous woman in vampire lore—vividly recounts the joys and terrors of a passionate affair that has linked her and the Count through the centuries, and her rebellion against her own frightening preternatural powers.
Mina’s version of this gothic vampire tale is a visceral journey into Victorian England’s dimly lit bedrooms, mist-filled cemeteries, and terrifying asylum chambers, revealing the dark secrets and mysteries locked within. Time falls away as she is swept into a mythical voyage far beyond mortal comprehension, where she must finally make the decision she has been avoiding for almost a millennium.
Stoker’s Dracula offered one side of the story, in which Mina was a victim bearing no responsibility for the unfolding events. Now, for the first time, the truth of her secret history, and of vampirism itself, is revealed. What this flesh and blood woman has to say is more sensual, more devious, and more enthralling than the Victorians could have expressed or perhaps even imagined.
Karen is an award-winning novelist, journalist and screen writer. Her novels include the internationally best-selling Leonardo’s Swans, Stealing Athena, and two novels on the queen of Egypt, Kleopatra and Pharoah.
Essex was born and raised in New Orleans. She was graduated from Tulane University, attended graduate school at Vanderbilt University, and received an MFA in Writing from Goddard College in Vermont. She’s appeared on The Today Show and A Word on Words hosted by John Seigenthaler, as well as other PBS and NPR programs. She’s lectured at the Chicago Museum of Art, and extensively at universities. Her books are taught in many college courses from creative writing to history to women’s studies.
Leonardo’s Swans, a runaway bestseller in Italy, won the prestigious 2007 Premio Roma for foreign fiction. Essex’s novels are published in twenty-seven languages. She lives in London.
Okay so, call me dense. I’ve NEVER read Dracula. Never seen it, either. So, I jumped at the chance to try something new and signed up for this historical fiction book tour. Boy, was I in for a delightful treat!
Karen Essex did a fantastic job with this novel. It’s rich in historical detail, deeply filled with passionate characters and a plot line that’s both realistic and gothic. I really enjoyed how Karen told this story in Mina’s point of view. Her life really came to life as I turned each page,reading about her emotions and the love of Dracula.
This story is a mix of gothic suspense, and passionate romance. A love story beyond the end of time. The deep thrilling ride was outstanding. I was instantly captured by the this amazingly written and intriguing story. By the end of the book, I was in complete surprise at how much I truly enjoyed this novel.
I highly recommend this fantabulous book! The author’s talent shines strong, and you, the reader, will be taken on a whirl wind of emotional passion and gothic fantasy. Not to mention, you’ll fall in love with this absolutely GORGEOUS cover! Definitely a 5 star read!
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