Wednesday, July 12, 2023

MAN OF SHADOW AND MIST by Michelle Griep, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

A bit of history, a bit of mystery and the fertile mind of Ms. Griep conjures a delightfully Gothic tale with a strong spiritual message.

James Morgan, recently returned to England from Transylvania, is very misunderstood by the townspeople. He is rumored to be a Vampire but suffers from a blood ailment. He is a godly man who only strives to uncover a treatment for his symptoms and ease the final days of his ill mother.

Rosa Edwards dreams of being a secretary while she helps her father in his subscription library. Her encounters with Sir James are more than coincidence.

With an appearance by Bram Stoker, a pesky suitor for Rosa and a bridge washout, the story takes an exciting turn.

This is a well-crafted story with superstitions and real life situations. I wanted to cheer Rosa and James and give a piece of my mind to the villains and evil instigators. I liked Rosa’s heart for wanting to dispel rumors and champion the truth. Her father was an interesting character and realistically portrayed. He was a bit distracted but always wanted justice to prevail and wanted the best for Rose.

This was a great addition to the series Of Monsters and Men. I hope for more of this kind of tale from a gifted author.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Review Crew. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5 stars and a strong faith thread 

BackCover Blurb:

England, 1890

Vampires are alive and well in North Yorkshire, leastwise in the minds of the uneducated. Librarian Rosa Edwards intends to drive a stake through the heart of such superstitions. But gossip flies when the mysterious Sir James Morgan returns to his shadowy manor. The townsfolk say he is cursed.

James hates everything about England. The weather. The rumours. The scorn. Yet he must stay. His mother is dying of a disease for which he’s desperately trying to find a cure—an illness that will eventually take his own life.

When Rosa sets out to prove the dark gossip about James is wrong, she discovers more questions than answers. How can she accept what she can’t explain—especially the strong allure of the enigmatic man? James must battle a town steeped in fear as well as the unsettling attraction he feels for the no-nonsense librarian.

Can love prevail in a town filled with fear and doubt? 

Barbour Publishing, June, 2023
Available in digital ebook, paperback, and audiobook (+CD)

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