Title: Being Mrs. Dracula
Author: Faith Marlow
Release Date: April 16, 2012
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When Valeria’s hand was given in marriage to the handsome and powerful Count Vlad Dracula, she dreamed of happiness but instead her life was filled with longing for her absent husband, their country ravaged by war. When Vlad at last returned from the battlefield he was a changed man, an alluring and dangerous creature with a thirst for her blood…and for more wives.
For over one hundred years, tales of Count Dracula have haunted and seduced the imagination of readers worldwide. Now experience the story of Dracula from a new perspective, as told by the three women who knew him best. Discover their stories, their secrets, and find out what it would be to love and be loved by history’s most powerful vampire in Being Mrs. Dracula. In a marriage that spans centuries, one man shared between three women, love may be eternal but happiness is not guaranteed.
'Dracula' is one of my favorite books of all time. I have read it more times than I can count. Bram Stoker brings to life, in its pages, characters such as the Count, of course, Jonathan Harker, Mina, and the unforgettable Van Helsing, as well as a wide cast of minor characters. Three forgettable characters are the Count's three vampire brides. They make a brief appearance in the beginning when Harker is held prisoner in Dracula's castle, and within the end of the story when they all attempt to lure Van Helsing and Mina out from the circle of protection.
I have never wondered who these three women were. Didn't give them much thought in any of the times that I read 'Dracula'. But Faith Marlow did. And she wrote a whole book about their amazing stories, and made them come to life.
So who were the three brides of Dracula?
They were women of captivating beauty, with varying strengths, weaknesses, and very different personalities. They were loved by Vlad, and loved him in return.
They were Valeria, Ilona and Fleur.
They were sisters.
They were rivals.
Their story was utterly captivating.
I absolutely loved that this was written in a similar format to Stoker's 'Dracula', with its switching point of views from wife to wife, in form of diary entries, letters, switching from first to third person. It almost felt like a companion novel to the classic I love so much, though it painted such an unexpected picture than the story that I am so familiar with.
The monster that is the Count was no longer such the monster when I viewed them through their eyes. He was captivating, frustrating, alluring, charismatic and breathtakingly romantic. There are hints of the Vlad we are familiar with; his cruelty, savagery and ruthlessness, but that was not so much the focus of this novel.
The same goes for the three brides themselves. I will never read of them, or see them on the movie screen and think of them the same again.... As cruel, cold, savage creatures meant to torment and drain children and men of their blood.... As conniving, bloodthirsty creatures that blindly do the Count's bidding. Because Faith Marlow gave them life. She gave them a story. And their stories are pretty extraordinary.
*I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the author; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*
About this author: In the fifth grade, Faith Marlow discovered a fondness and talent for writing and has considered herself a storyteller ever since. The notion of transporting a reader into another place or time, to allow the reader to experience life from the perspective of the character is as intriguing is it is challenging and is at the heart of any project she undertakes. In addition to writing, she is an avid reader (a dedicated student of Dean Koontz), movie connoisseur, and a veritable repository for all manner of useless yet entertaining knowledge.
Author's Website: http://faithmarlow.wordpress.com/