“Family, no matter the size of it, is precious. Never leave a loved one behind.”
Well-written and imaginative, Michelle Griep’s newest novel takes on a more Gothic, darker tone than most of her other stories. Griep’s a master at creating colorful, interesting characters and plopping them down in unusual settings. Set in England in 1815, this story features Amelia Balfour whose dream to go to Egypt as a travel writer is about to come true. When her father dies unexpectedly, she is left to see to an upcoming surgery for her malformed brother. The surgeon’s assistant, Graham Lambert, befriends Amelia and her brother Colin and tries to help them when he suspects the surgeon is a fraud.
“Trust must ultimately rest on God.”
With impeccable historical research and detail and tie-ins to Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, Griep’s story is riveting and engrossing. Intrigue, suspense, and spiritual threads combine with a romantic element to make a satisfying, though tragic, read. I’m eagerly looking forward to Griep’s next book.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Barbour Publishing. All opinions are my own.
Even if there be monsters, there is none so fierce as that which resides in man’s own heart.
Enchanting Regency-Era Gothic Romance Intertwined with Inspiration from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Travel writer Amelia Balfour’s dream of touring Egypt is halted when she receives news of a revolutionary new surgery for her grotesquely disfigured brother. This could change everything, and it does. . .in the worst possible way.
Surgeon Graham Lambert has suspicions about the doctor he’s gone into practice with, but he can’t stop him from operating on Amelia’s brother. Will he be too late to prevent the man’s death? Or to reveal his true feelings for Amelia before she sails to Cairo?