Letters To Erik

Letters To Erik

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by An Wallace
     
 


Christine de Chagny is still haunted.

When the Opera Ghost sent Christine away to marry his rival, the youthful and winsome Vicomte Raoul de Chagny, she promised the Ghost that she would return to bury him when he died. Unable to keep her word and tormented by grief and regret, she starts writing letters to the man she believes to be dead-only to

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Christine de Chagny is still haunted.

When the Opera Ghost sent Christine away to marry his rival, the youthful and winsome Vicomte Raoul de Chagny, she promised the Ghost that she would return to bury him when he died. Unable to keep her word and tormented by grief and regret, she starts writing letters to the man she believes to be dead-only to discover that some Ghosts can never be laid to rest.



Picking up where Gaston Leroux's novel ended, Letters to Erik is a story of forgiveness, redemption, and steadfast love.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781432713546
Publisher:
Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date:
01/23/2008
Pages:
476
Product dimensions:
1.06(w) x 8.50(h) x 5.50(d)

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Letters To Erik 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Inomuiro More than 1 year ago
What stirred my curiosity towards this work was the title and plot starting point: the letters Christine writes to her tutor and angel of music, a mean to come to pacts and accept his (supposed...) death which becomes her way to understand more and more of herself, and of her thoughts and feelings for him, to express her inner self and to mature, as well as to realize the life she's living is far from the one she dreams of. Said letters become later the mean of reunion between her and Erik, and the author leads us through the realization of a love and the building of a life together, with sensibility and a fine taste for words and situations. As I said, what I wished to read, a gentle tale which provides a beautiful and true ending to the story of Erik and Christine, while not straying away from what of the characters we know from Leroux's words, and adding details to their lives. Some plot twists may at first appear sudden or far-stretched, but to me that just added a XIXth century novel flavour to this work, and made it even more enjoyable. The only small things I didn't appreciated too much were some aspects of Raoul's portrayal: yet they're believable. We must remember that all we know of him here is almost always seen through Christine's eyes, and it's not too difficult to take distance from her point of view, try walking into Raoul's shoes and understand much of him. Again, something that adds interest and depth to this work.
Erik is wonderfully portrayed, as a man who's finally getting his real change to start a new life, to live like everybody else, even if of course there will be difficulties (where would the fun be for us avid readers, otherwise?) and trials. All of his character is straight out of the book, and we can see things from his inner view in a believable way. Another high-point is the Persian, and his interacting with Erik: they come to life from the pages and they're a real pleasure to read!
The style is refined, elaborated and yet flooding (and offers quite the chance to learn some new, not so used, words), the insertion of quotes and lines from opera plays, all well used and without exaggerating, makes it even more precious.
A book I'm happy I purchased and which I definitely recommend to every Phantom of the Opera fan, and to everyone looking for something sweet and gentle, and funny and catchy, from the first lines to the last page and lovely in-joke.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I thought the author stayed very true to Leroux's book, and thought all characters stayed in character, except perhaps for Raoul. It could be seen that the author did a good deal of research before writing aswell which only true phans would recognise (=. I agree with the previous reviewer about the bedroom scene. it was tastefully done, and very romantic. The twist at the end was very amusing, and made me laugh. If you want to read a romance story about Erik and Christine that stays faithful to the original book, and adds more to the story, then this is the book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I disagree with reviewer Sara, who is as wrong about everything else as she is about the author's name. I found this book refreshingly accurate to Leroux's novel. Ms. Wallace obviously loves the characters and respects their creator. This is the crazy deformed Erik, the loving but insecure Raoul, and the immature, manipulative Christine that we've all read about. But they've all grown up now. Ms. Wallace gives a realistic portrayal of a marriage between a noble and a commoner in a foreign land, and a realistic projection of how Erik and the Persian would be getting along some years later if Erik had lived, and then brings Christine and Erik back together in a romantic but believable way. I love the way the author doesn't sugar-coat Erik's looks, his past, or his madness. She keeps him very close to the way Leroux created him. I also enjoyed the sexual tension between Erik and Christine. I thought it was very tastefully done and added a lot to the story. And their wedding night scene was the most tasteful and dignified, yet beautiful and tender bedroom scene I have ever read. The only thing I thought could be improved was the transition between the letters and the rest of the story. The first hundred pages are almost all letters from Christine to Erik, and then the style changes to third-person narration when we find out that Erik is still alive. It was a little jarring until you realized what was going on. Other than that, this is one of the best love stories I have ever read, and I've read hundreds. I highly recommend it for both phans and non-phans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very much enjoyed this book. The author is respectful and faithful to Leroux's original story, while coming up with a very original plot that gives poor Erik a second chance with the only woman he has ever loved. We get to see how Christine's marriage turned out, meet Erik's true family, and see his close friendship with the mysterious Persian. And the author ends the book with a wonderful twist that will make Phantom fans smile the world over. I don't even think you'd have to be a Phantom-fan to like this book. The author sums up Leroux's story at the beginning, and after that most of the storyline is self-explanatory. And the romance is just beautiful. It's more than I wanted to spend on a paperback, but now I'm glad I bought it. The larger type makes this one easy on the eyes, and I know I¿ll be reading it over and over.
OFdJJ More than 1 year ago
I really like the characteristic of Erik in this book. He is so like-able comparing to the original Phantom character. I couldn't put the book down until I was through reading it. The author was very creative with the twist of the plot and the way it ended.
GermanCookie More than 1 year ago
Upon seeing this book I just knew that it was sure to impress. Even from the very first paragraph I became addicted and drawn in. I actually had to pace myself in reading this book because I wanted to read it in one sitting. Such a masterpiece as this though should be savored. Ms. Wallace brought out exactly what I expected from Raoul, Christine, and of course, our beloved Erik. An interesting aspect of this book is that she actually includes Daroga! So few phan phictions even mention Daroga and it is shame because he is, after all, an original character from Gaston Leroux's "The Phantom of the Opera". As much as the humor and suspense of this book captivated me, it was truly the undying love between Erik and Christine that had me sighing and crying. Indeed the intimacy and romance that this book shares is absolutely heart-stopping. The details and storyline of this book inspire the reader to look within. I have read "Letters To Erik" four times now and it's still as magical as the first time. This book is sure to make any reader swoon with enjoyment!
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VitaDei More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Phantom junkie and love so many different variations of the story, but one of my favorite is obviously, the original by Gaston Leroux. Ms. Wallace perfectly intertwines Leroux's work into her novel. Letters to Erik has no outside influence to it. Pure Leroux- No Kay or ALW here, which makes it so refreshing. I know so many of my fellow "phans" are sick of Phantom fiction filled with these things. The book is wonderful-it's heartwarming, tender and loving. Leroux was very heavy on the angst, while Letter's to Erik is very heavy on fluff-but not the cheasy cliche' fluff that fills so much phantom fiction. Oh- and it's not Phantom of Manhattan-a wonderful plus! Ms. Wallace is a wonderful writer-not to lengthy but full of description, which is so refreshing. And although it's completely faithful to Leroux, it is not as if fans of other versions of Phantom cannot enjoy it. Overall, an amazing book that should be in every phan's collection!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Letters to Erik is a virtuous and optimistic book about the love story of Erik and Christine that brings a true deep and passionate connection to you and Erik. Christine finds a way to bring their lives together after a lifetime of longing and love that has never truly existed between Raoul and herself. Erik stores a special love for Christine and his family that will have you forever connected to their lives in an intricately weaved detail of two lives brought together by fate and love that will stop at no boundaries and strive for perfection. This is a beautiful story that you will read over and over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Letters to Erik is a perfect book for the Phantom of the Opera "phans!" The book is engaging and makes you feel like you know the characters even better. It's a lovely work that exposes Erik as a real person with genuine feelings and love for Christine and his family. Definitely a great read if you love the Phantom story!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel, on a Phan's level, is one of the worst ones I have come across. I have not read all of the supposed sequels, only because of their obscurity, but between this and others, this is surely near the top of the Worst Sequels list. The only one I can think of that was worse, was the disputed 'You Are Not Alone' novel that was set in modern day New York. Warren, despite claiming she'd been a phan since her teenage years, proves otherwise with how she treats the characters. They all act like immature teenagers, and there is so much god-awful sexual innuendo between Erik and Christine, that I could put myself off romance just for that. And like all other supposed sequels, published or not, Raoul is the unattentive, unloving husband. Easily enough, he dies, leaving Christine to run back to the city she really wanted to leave forever, and to the man she swore she feared. I had high hopes for this novel, even though I knew the author was doing the ever-popular Christine-runs-back-to-Erik plot. If I wanted to read something this awful, I would have gone to fanfiction.net to read the same sort of tripe for free. On a literary level, which is the writing and plot alone, discarding the phan aspect, this novel was horrible. Perhaps in the hands of someone more experienced and knowledgeable, this novel could have been at least halfway enjoyable. Instead, Warren either did no research at all on the early 1900s in Europe, or ignored it, to write this. The book was riddled with modern termonology and sentence structure, and even though she described the clothes well enough (too well, because I actually had to look up what the heck some of the things she described were) but the personalities of the characters were so far out of that era, it was disheartening. Christine, instead of being shy or soft-spoken as most women would be, was a loud, brash modern-era woman who wanted her independance and her man, and by gum if she didn't get it, she'd give 'em hell. If I didn't know the author was full grown, I would have sworn she was a teenager. Her sentence structure is too simplistic, and whoever her editor was needs to be replaced, because I found many a typo or mispelled word in the novel. I do not recommend this book to anyone who considers themselves a phan or even a book lover. This, instead, should be put up as how NOT to write a PotO Sequel. I think even Andrew Lloyd Webber could learn from this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book would be better used as firewood. Those who say it was accurate to Leroux obviously have never read it, or are too blinded by their own fantasies to see what Leroux wanted to get across.