Dracula, My Love by Syrie James
Author: Syrie James
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: July 20, 2010
Paperback, 427 pages
Many have read and loved Bram Stoker’s Dracula. But questions remain. What is the true story of Dracula’s origin? What if Mina could not bring herself to record the true story of their scandalous affair—until now?
In Dracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker, Syrie James explores these questions and more. A vibrant dramatization, told from Mina’s point of view, brings to life the crucial parts of Stoker’s story while showcasing Mina’s sexual awakening and evolution as a woman, and revealing a secret that could destroy her life. Torn between two men—a loving husband and a dangerous lover—Mina struggles to hang on to the deep love she’s found within her marriage, even as she is inexorably drawn to Dracula himself—the vampire that everyone she knows is determined to destroy.
I picked this book because I love Dracula. It's true. Before there was Eric Northman and Edward Cullen there was Dracula. I read Dracula many years ago after watching the movie. I loved the book but it didn't have the romantic element that the movie had. I always wished that Dracula would have had a little more romance. Syrie James granted my wish with Dracula, My Love. The story is told from Mina's point of view but she stays true to the original story line. One of the things I liked most about the story is Mina's inner struggle with her feelings towards Dracula and her husband, Jonathan. Mina knows she should stay away from Dracula but can't seem to help herself. Her feelings are very relateable and believeable. The chemistry that Syrie writes between Dracula and Mina is very sensual. Syrie James writes an intriguing story. It was definitly a page turner. There is a mysterious element to this story that keeps you wanting more. I found myself picking up this book when ever I had a spare moment. Would I recommend this book? Definitly. I know all the romantics out there, like me, will love it.
*I recieved this copy from HarperCollins and Syrie James for review purposes only.
**summary and picture from goodreads