“Mina Harker is torn between two men. Struggling to hang on to the deep, pure love she’s found within her marriage to her husband, Jonathan, she is inexorably drawn into a secret, passionate affair with a charismatic but dangerous lover. This haunted and haunting creature has awakened feelings and desires within her that she has never before known, which remake her as a woman. Although everyone she knows fears him and is pledged to destroy him, Mina sees a side to him that the others cannot: a tender, romantic side; a man who’s taken full advantage of his gift of immortality to expand his mind and talents; a man who is deeply in love, and who may not be evil after all. Soon, they are connected in a way she never thought humanly possible.Yet to surrender is surely madness, for to be with him could end her life. It may cost Mina all she holds dear, but to make her choice she must learn everything she can about the remarkable origins and unique, sensuous powers of this man, this exquisite monster, this … Dracula!”
As most of my readers know I am a lover of classical literature, so I am probably one of the tougher critiques when authors take classical works and characters for their inspiration. I re-read Dracula earlier this year so I was ready for Dracula, My Love. At first glance I was a little hesitant, Mina Harker is such a loyal, chaste and virtuous character in the original work, I wondered how James would be able to paint her as a woman that could have romantic feelings for the vampire that is Dracula despite the pain he causes her throughout the classic novel.
However upon starting the book I knew that Syrie James was going to stay faithful to what we know of Mina in Dracula by creating an unspoken side that while more amorous and modern was still very true to her time and her original portrayal. The book showed what James has decided we did not know about this female character so often in the background. Mina is somewhat of a minor character in the original work so there is plenty of room to build her life and thoughts aside the original. One of the things I loved the most is her little allusions to events happening that Mina could not know about, but she manages to neatly sneak in comments such as Dracula saying:
“Forgive me, I dined earlier, and I have an engagement this evening which promises to include a large and memorable dinner.”
When he is currently feeding on a regular basis from her best friend Lucy. I liked these asides greatly….it kept me in mind of my reading of the classic and what would have been going on at the same time in that book while reading James’ version of events.
I really enjoyed Dracula, My Love. I think it will appeal most to fans of historical fiction rather than those of paranormal but it may pull a few vampire fans into a different type of reading than they may usually choose….it may even lead them back to the classic. It was a good read and if you enjoy it you may also enjoy Syrie James other books:
With this TLC Book Blog Tour for Dracula, My Love…I am lucky to be able to offer a copy of this book to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment on this post telling my your favorite vampire character along with your e-mail address. Open to US and Canadian residents only. No P.O. Boxes please. Giveaway will end midnight Friday, August 13th. Also there is going to be a tweet party with book giveaways too and conversations on all things vampire August 13th as well. Make sure to attend for the chance to win copies of the book on Twitter! (#TLCBookchat)