Dracula in Love: A Novel

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Doubleday, 2010 - Fiction - 372 pages
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In this wonderfully transporting novel, award-winning author Karen Essex turns a timeless classic inside out, spinning a haunting, erotic, and suspenseful story of eternal love and possession.
From the shadowy banks of the river Thames to the wild and windswept Yorkshire coast, Dracula’s eternal muse, Mina Murray, vividly recounts the intimate details of what really transpired between her and the Count—the joys and terrors of a passionate affair that has linked them through the centuries, and her rebellion against her own frightening preternatural powers.
Mina’s version of this gothic vampire tale is a visceral journey into Victorian England’s dimly lit bedrooms, mist-filled cemeteries, and asylum chambers, revealing the dark secrets and mysteries locked within. Time falls away as she is swept into a mythical journey far beyond mortal comprehension, where she must finally make the decision she has been avoiding for almost a millennium. 
Bram Stoker’s classic novel offered one side of the story, in which Mina had no past and bore no responsibility for the unfolding events. Now, for the first time, the truth of Mina’s personal voyage, and of vampirism itself, is revealed. What this flesh and blood woman has to say is more sensual, more devious, and more enthralling than the Victorians could have expressed or perhaps even have imagined.

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User Review  - Cherylk - LibraryThing

IF it was not for the lovely scenery then I would have given up on this book a lot sooner. I found Mina to be meek and when she got really scared her voice would grate on my nerves. I only could put ... Read full review

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User Review  - LoveOfMuffins4820 - LibraryThing

The first thing I want to write is that nobody in this book sparkles. I was worried about that as some tout this novel as being intended for the grown-up Twilight fan. I was pleasantly surprised at ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

KAREN ESSEXis the author of four novels, including the international bestsellerLeonardo's Swans. Her award-winning essays and articles have appeared in many periodicals, among themL.A. Weekly,Vogue, andPlayboy. She lives in Los Angeles.

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