As a teen, Vanessa learned her loved of canoeing in the alligator infested bayous of the Texas Gulf Coast. Now back in her native Yorkshire, she watches the River Ouse rise every winter and wonder if she needs to revive an old skill: so far she and her son have been lucky. She juggles raising her son with wrestling the Creatures of the Night, though that’s not a nice thing to call her cat.
A Date with Darkness: A Novel of the Theological College of St. Van Helsingby Vanessa Knipe
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It seemed like a brilliant plan. To entertain her young son on his spring break week, and to get back into the dating world, youthful widow Sally Cartwright advertises on a dating site, requesting that the dates put together an outing entertaining both to her and to Timmy. She never dreams that her ad will look like an invitation to every werewolf, vampire, ancient god or demonic force in England. Unfortunately, because Timmy was saved by his father's sacrifice, the dark forces see in him the potential for incredible power.
Because she advertised herself, the Church of England's militant wing, the Theological College of St. Van Helsing, can do nothing--there are rules that govern the behavior of both dark and light. Mike Rider, though, is prepared to break the rules. Sally was his first love and he still cares for her. Unfortunately for him, Sally still hurts from their breakup and wants nothing to do with him.
As the dark forces close in, though, Sally and Mike are forced to work together to save their own lives and those of Timmy, Sally's son.
Author Vanessa Knipe (see more BooksForABuck.com reviews of fantasy by Knipe) continues her stories out of the St. Van Helsing Theological College with an exciting and emotional tale of a young mother trying to save her son from forces beyond her imagination. Her past history with Mike gives the story added emotional impact and Knipe's fully envisioned world of England and its magical forces grabbed my attention and wouldn't let go.
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