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Bruce Feiler is one of America’s most popular voices on faith and family. He is the author of five New York Times bestsellers, including Walking the Bible, Abraham, and America’s Prophet. His latest book, The Council of Dads, tells the uplifting story of how friendship and community can help one survive life’s greatest challenges. Read his review of Dracula in Love:
Gorgeously written and erotically charged, the novel Dracula in Love is like its century-jumping central characters: deeply rooted in the past while pushing ageless mythology into strikingly current realms. Historical novels should have plenty of history, and this novel surely does. Romantic novels should have their share of sex and romance, and this novel delivers both. But its true revelation is its gripping sense of anticipation, heartache, discovery, and unflinching chill.
With Dracula in Love Karen Essex turns her inimitable, piercing gaze to illuminating what should be familiar terrain--Victorian England--and what might seem like well-trod territory--a certain Count. Her considerable trick is to make you forget entirely all the baggage that attends her story by planting us firmly in the shoes and the psyche of one of the "victims," Mina Harker. I am walking up the steps of the finishing school with the quivering heroine; I am secreting away in London’s subterranean shadows with the jilted lover; I am traveling into the mysteries of southern Austria and Ireland's haunted west coast (yes, begone tired Transylvania!) where our heroine discovers her own dark powers.
I shudder in horror and delight when the fangs make their inevitable plunge.
I met Karen Essex when both of us were briefly embedded in the Southern gothic world of Nashville. She would soon unearth some of history’s most misunderstood women and vividly revive them for contemporary ears. From Kleopatra (note the provocative spelling) to the countess of Elgin (and her fascinating courtesan doppelganger from the ancient world, Aspasia) to feuding sisters who posed for Leonardo (watch the genius brought down to earth!), Karen overturns history’s conventions and shows how these women are keenly relevant today.
I am hardly a vampire freak. The Twilight books "eclipsed" me. And I’ve never owned a set of plastic fangs. But I do love Karen Essex, and this novel is enough to make me a little bloodthirsty.
The changes made to Stoker's characters are very well done.
I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a good read, and if you're looking for romance, history or vampires...it's an absolute must read.
To say too much more about the way the rest of the story is told would reveal a lot of spoilers; it doesn't follow the classic in very many ways.
I found this book at my local library three years ago and fell in love myself. The different take on the original story of Dracula is outstanding and liberating. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jaden
Fresh view over a well known story that transports us to another time. Very well written. A true literary delight.Published 5 months ago by eltom carneiro
An interesting story, though I could have done without the few "romance novel" moments - they seemed unnecessarily long for the story. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Laura
I couldn't put this book down. It was that good.Essex did a wonderful job telling the Dracula story from Mina's point of view.Published 13 months ago by Theresa
Got a bit slow in parts ...but liked the overall perspective and story. I don't want to write several more wordsPublished 15 months ago by kep
This book was...different. I like different, unconventional. This book is and is not a love story. The truth is that I don't really know what to think about it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by S.H. David
This book is dull. It is nothing more than a rip off of the original Dracula. Do not waste your moneyPublished 17 months ago by flip/flop
I didn't buy the kindle version of this book, "Dracula In Love", but I've read it and it's my favorite book. Number one in my Top 5. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Alexia Brown
This was a first for me to read Sandra Worth. I only chose her because I have read all of phillipa gregorys' books. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Bobbie Demaria