Man of Shadow and Mist
Christian Historical Fiction by Michelle Griep
James Morgan is frantically trying to find a cure for his mother’s disease. If he cannot find a cure, not only will his mother die, but so will he since it is hereditary. It is a disease that makes his skin sensitive to the light, among other issues. People in the small English village where he resides believe he is a vampire. James ignores the townspeople’s superstitions and tries to keep to himself. But then he meets a young woman, Rosa Edwards (the dauther of the town’s library) whom he becomes very attractive to.
Rosa is a no-nonsense person who is trying very hard to change the superstitious nature of some of the townspeople’s thinking. She becomes enamoured with James and they strike up a friendship that turns into something more. But James is hesitant. What kind of life can he give Rosa? What if he cannot find a cure? He does not want to ruin her life, no matter how much he loves her.
The biggest problem I had with this novel was to inlcude the minor character of Bram Stoker who wrote the novel Dracula. The idea of his inclusion is to show his inspiration for the famous novel. I really do not like it when authors try to include a real historic figure in a fiction novel. It interferes, in my opinion, with the magic of the fictional world.
This novel definitely had a gothic/horror aspect to it. It is not a favorite subgenre of mine. But it was an interesting novel where science does ovecome supersitition. And the romance was lovely. The novel did have some vibes of Beauty and the Beast. I recommend it to those who like that type of romance.
If you are more into contemporary romance, my next book review will be just that. Stay tuned!
Next Novel to Review: The Cowboy Next Door (The Fortunes of Prospect, Book 1)