I was reluctant to read this book, (the cover looked scary, I know, I'm a wimp) but NEVER judge a book by it's cover! It's not scary, it's a great book!
This novel surprises in its literary style and its plot twists. It deals primarily with two budding society girls in the 1800s, each one ready to travel, see their roots and perhaps snag a rich and eligible bachelor for a husband. The characters of each girl is sharply delineated, both unique and utterly different and yet fiercely devoted to each other. Apart from their interest in men, the girls show a loyalty to each other that is wonderful to read. If this were a movie, it would pass the Bechdel test with flying colors.
These are two girls with a destiny but who seek to defy tradition and a potent fate that has been predicted for their family. Screw prophecy; these ladies are determined to make their own fates and the unfolding of the mutual adventure becomes a fast-paced thrill as they break out of their molds and their own pre-conditioned mindsets.
It’s a treat to read about adventure stories that place the emphasis on women with friendships that define them rather than love affairs that consume their attention (there are love interests here as well but they might as well be peripheral to the action).
However, having become jaded about vampire novels, I was suspicious about the turn this book seemed ready to take. Are there vampires in this book? Not quite. The inclusion of the family Dracul is meant to provide a theme to this tale but it’s not what you think. I won’t tell more because that would spoil the surprise. Suffice to say, that Ms. George has managed to provide her own original spin on that well-worn mythos.
Even though it promises to be a series, I think this novel could stand very well on its own. It’s a rousing cry to ladies who dare to take the reins and will be of interest to women and men alike.
This was the book I wanted at the right time! A wonderful historical fiction set in late victorian Romania about two cousins who find out their family is not what it seems.
I really enjoyed the strong female characters and the scenery described. It was a bit slow to start, but once I got into it, I couldn't put it down!
I just could not get into the story. It jumped around too much.
A really wonderful story rife with adventure, romance, and gorgeous dresses about two girls who seriously don't know what's going on with their aunt. As always with Jessica Day George, it is extremely satisfying and a very quick read. Take an afternoon and just lay on the couch to delight in Dacia and Lou's adventures!
"He smelled like money and masculinity"
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