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Dracula, my love : the secret journals of Mina Harker : a novel
Syrie James
Adult Fiction JAMES

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From Publishers' Weekly:

James provides a rich revisiting of the Dracula story through Mina's "secret journal," which introduces an abundance of loopholes, alternate plot paths, and re-interpretations of the original characters. Justine Eyre proves a strong narrator as the first-person voice of Mina; she keeps a solid and clear English accent while switching fluently into other accented voices, including Quincy Morris, a Texan; Dr. Van Helsing, a Dutchman; and the Transylvanian Dracula. Through pauses, pace, and emphasis, she builds tension during the more pitched moments, but also keeps the exposition and contemplative moments engaging without being overdramatic. Eyre is particularly adept at vocalizing Mina's inner turmoil as Mina is torn between Dracula's erotic hold over her and the more steady (and sane) appeal of Jonathan. An Avon paperback (Reviews, June 21). (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Romance between Mina Harker and Count Dracula is not a new concept. Other writers have touched on this idea. James (The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte) does as well by closely following the plot of Bram Stoker's Dracula but this time telling the story from Mina's point of view and introducing new elements of Mina's background, like her tragic past and the strong spirit it instilled in her. While vacationing in Whitby, Mina is instantly attracted to a handsome stranger. At this point only the reader suspects he is the infamous count. Mina holds secret, passionate assignations with him, although she feels guilty about her husband, Jonathan. Meanwhile, the vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing convinces Jonathan and his friends that Dracula is a monster who must be destroyed. Verdict With its poetic, 19th-century prose style, this tale about a fierce, forbidden romance will appeal to even the most jaded romance fan. [Mina also tells her story in Karen Essex's Dracula in Love, coming in August.-Ed.]-Patricia Altner, (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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