“The world seems full of good men—even if there are monsters in it.”
–Bram Stoker, Dracula
Vampires are alive and well in North Yorkshire, leastwise in the minds of the uneducated. Librarian Rosa Edwards intends to drive a stake through the heart of such superstitions. But gossip flies when the mysterious Sir James Morgan returns to his shadowy manor. The townsfolk say he is cursed.
James hates everything about England. The weather. The rumours. The scorn. Yet he must stay. His mother is dying of a disease for which he’s desperately trying to find a cure—an illness that will eventually take his own life.
When Rosa sets out to prove the dark gossip about James is wrong, she discovers more questions than answers. How can she accept what she can’t explain—especially the strong allure of the enigmatic man? James must battle a town steeped in fear as well as the unsettling attraction he feels for the no-nonsense librarian.
Can love prevail in a town filled with fear and doubt?
I’m picky, I freely admit. As a writer, it’s harder for me to suspend disbelief. This book had me hooked immediately. Now one of m favorite books ever. Excuse me while I go buy all her other books…
We live in a world of wrongs.
You must learn to trust others, for often such are the conduits of God’s ministrations - counsel given to Sir James by the rector. However, for one who really does not trust but a very few, this sage advice is not easily accepted. Shutting yourself away doesn’t solve your problems - it only magnifies them.
Set in the late 1890’s, this wonderful gothic tale gives us a look into the world of one who suffers from a little known illness and the dreadful prejudice that goes along with anyone that is different or from a far away place. Knowledge goes a long way in changing prejudice, but will it happen in time?
As one who loves putting unexpected things together and observing reactions, Sir James’ medical solutions were fascinating, as that is the way cures are found.
An early copy was received through Barbour Publishing and NetGalley. These impressions are my own and were in no way solicited.