A husband, a family, a comfortable life: Theodora Lestrange lives in terror of it all.With a modest inheritance and the three gowns that comprise her entire wardrobe, Theodora leaves Edinburgh bound for Rumania, where tales of vampires are still whispered, to visit an old friend and write the book that will bring her independence. She arrives at a magnificent, decaying castle in the Carpathians, replete with eccentric inhabitants. But all are outstripped in dark glamour by the castle's master, Count Andrei Dragulescu.Bewildering and bewitching in equal measure, the brooding nobleman ignites Theodora's imagination and awakens passions in her that she can neither deny nor conceal. His allure is superlative, his dominion over the superstitious town, absolute.Before her sojourn is ended Theodora will have encountered things as strange and terrible as they are seductive. For obsession can prove fatal...and she is in danger of falling prey to more than desire.
Excitement, danger, and romance await independent, headstrong writer Theodora Lestrange when she flees 1858 Scotland and miserable spinsterhood for the wilds of Transylvania, joining a childhood friend who will soon be wed. Ensconced in a crumbling castle steeped in sinister legend, Theodora finds herself drawn equally to its gloomy atmosphere and its rakish master, Count Andrei Dragulescu. Rita Award-winning author Raybourn (the Lady Julia Grey series) delightfully evokes the language, tension, and sweeping grandeur of 19th-century gothic novels. Theodora is a delightful heroine, so much so that cruel, petty, misogynistic Andrei never really seems worthy of her. The book unfortunately drags during the middle, and its leading man's motives are confused throughout, but Raybourn's intriguing treatment of vampire legends will delight fans of the genre. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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March 01, 2010
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