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Even if there be monsters, there is none so fierce as that which resides in man’s own heart.
Enchanting Regency-Era Gothic Romance Intertwined with Inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
Travel writer Amelia Balfour’s dream of touring Egypt is halted when she receives news of a revolutionary new surgery for her grotesquely disfigured brother. This could change everything, and it does. . .in the worst possible way.
Surgeon Graham Lambert has suspicions about the doctor he’s gone into practice with, but he can’t stop him from operating on Amelia’s brother. Will he be too late to prevent the man’s death? Or to reveal his true feelings for Amelia before she sails to Cairo?
These characters are so well written that even the morally gray ones keep your attention.
This is the second book I have read by Michelle Griep and once again I really like her character creation and world building. I find that she has a knack for revealing enough information at the get go to pique your interest in learning more about brand new characters and locations without feeling like you are reading and essay on a particular era’s fashion, architecture, or food. This makes for very interested reading and eagerness to learn more about the tidbits dropped along the way.
Wonderfully woven nods to classic horror and gothic romance without creating a retelling.
I found this book to deliver on what it claimed – a regency-era gothic romance intertwined with inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. With tones from all the wonderful classic horror books – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dracula, and the like – and a touch of the gothic romance novels – Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, etc. – this book weaves them all together nicely with nods to the genres without being a retelling of any.
The Final Verdict
My rating: 3.5 stars
Would I recommend? Yes
I recommend this book for anyone
who loves gothic romance novels.
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