Being Mrs. Dracula

Being Mrs. Dracula

by Faith Marlow


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ISBN-13: 9781494398095
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/06/2013
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Being Mrs. Dracula 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply amazing. Riviting. I couldnt stop. Read it in one sitting. Cant wait for more from Faith!
Sargon1 More than 1 year ago
This was my first read from Faith Marlow and it pulled in and kept me there. Loved getting a different perspective on a story I have always considered the ultimate vampire story. Loved this book and will be getting part
LinkzillaMom More than 1 year ago
An intriguing story from the other side's perspective I do love a good vampire book, so this was a guilty pleasure from the start. Told from the perspective of Dracula's wives, this was a completely different spin on the time-worn Vlad Dracula story. Seen in the movie 'Bram Stoker's Dracula' as shallow, bloodthirsty temptresses of the night, this story shows nothing could be further from the truth. Vlad is shown as a mercurial, shifty, faithless husband, who continues to add to his 'harem' of wives even though he can't seem to manage the ones he already has. Eagerly looking forward to reading book two 'Being Dracula's Widow'. Would recommend this for readers 17+ for adult themes and situations.
Lorraine-B More than 1 year ago
1I was first introduced to this author's work from an event I was hosting. The author was kind enough to give me a copy to read.  I am so glad too. I will have to agree with the other reviewers description of this book-it is really beautifully written. I could see this being a movie. It swept me away to a place filled with longing, desperation and love...the list goes on and on. I adore Dracula especially Bram Stokers's, I would have to say though, this book, the way it is told through the eyes of his wives, is nothing less than -enthralling. It kept me captivated from the beginning to the end. Exceptional Job Ms. Marlow. 
SamJSJ More than 1 year ago
This book was gifted to me by the author in exchange for an honest and fair review. Countess Dracula, what a wonderful life, until her husband keeps leaving to help on the war front and she is left behind. The reunions are wonderful, But the day he comes home to her a changed man will be the beginning of a whole new life. Love/ Hate / Passion & Revulsion all play a big part. Being abandoned by her loving husband sees Valeria learning how to embrace this new life by herself, finding herself falling in love only to have it ripped from her.  Then comes the day that Wife 2 is brought home. It takes many years, but they become close and loving friends, companions and partners while their wayward husband is off and away often for decades at a time.  Travelling all over the world as to not arouse suspicion and endanger themselves. This sees the introduction of wife number 3. She believes she is much better than 1 & 2 and causes many arguments in Castle Dracula. This is also where slayers are introduced into the book. I enjoyed reading this story, it seemed a little choppy in the beginning, but this fits in with the 'Diary' content of the book and improved as the story developed. I did enjoy the fact that it is written in the hand of the 3 wives along with the necessary storyline in between. A great telling of the 'Brides' story. I would love to see a second book and where the story of Valeria and Emil will lead.
CandyFtiz More than 1 year ago
What a beautifully crafted story. I loved it. Each character came to life for me, I wish this was a movie.
kaile73 More than 1 year ago
Id give this book 7 stars. this book by first time author Faith Marlow was out of this world. Dracular has taken 4 wives, Valeria, was #1 who was furious to find in her home Ilona #2 and they despised #3 Fleur. and #4 just got close when the fisrt 3 tried to kill her. This story is about the love of these woman had for Dracular and his love for them, also the hard times theat came upon them. Dracular loved to move around to different contries and stay for years, either with all his wives or just the one he found in a certain country. as the wives lived together they eventally banned together so mess with one, mess with all. you'll truely love this book.
Lily_F More than 1 year ago
Originally published on Bookluvrs Haven blog. 'Dracula' is one of my favorite books of all time. I have read it more times than I can count. Bram Stoker brings to life, in its pages, characters such as the Count, of course, Jonathan Harker, Mina, and the unforgettable Van Helsing, as well as a wide cast of minor characters. Three forgettable characters are the Count's three vampire brides. They make a brief appearance in the beginning when Harker is held prisoner in Dracula's castle, and within the end of the story when they all attempt to lure Van Helsing and Mina out from the circle of protection. I have never wondered who these three women were. Didn't give them much thought in any of the times that I read 'Dracula'. But Faith Marlow did. And she wrote a whole book about their amazing stories, and made them come to life. So who were the three brides of Dracula? They were women of captivating beauty, with varying strengths, weaknesses, and very different personalities. They were loved by Vlad, and loved him in return. They were Valeria, Ilona and Fleur. They were sisters. They were rivals. Their story was utterly captivating. I absolutely loved that this was written in a similar format to Stoker's 'Dracula', with its switching point of views from wife to wife, in form of diary entries, letters, switching from first to third person. It almost felt like a companion novel to the classic I love so much, though it painted such an unexpected picture than the story that I am so familiar with. The monster that is the Count was no longer such the monster when I viewed them through their eyes. He was captivating, frustrating, alluring, charismatic and breathtakingly romantic. There are hints of the Vlad we are familiar with; his cruelty, savagery and ruthlessness, but that was not so much the focus of this novel. The same goes for the three brides themselves. I will never read of them, or see them on the movie screen and think of them the same again.... As cruel, cold, savage creatures meant to torment and drain children and men of their blood.... As conniving, bloodthirsty creatures that blindly do the Count's bidding. Because Faith Marlow gave them life. She gave them a story. And their stories are pretty extraordinary. *I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the author; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*
SherryF More than 1 year ago
When Van Helsing died, he left a diary. That, in turn, led to more diaries by the Mrs. Dracula`s. The story is told from the wives perspective. Valeria's father aligned their family with Count Dracula by Valeria's marriage to him. The Count was a good man, but he scared her very much. He had courted her for a short time, so they weren't strangers when the wedding finally took place. The sex was more wonderful than she could imagine. Afterwards, she lay with her head on his chest and listened to his heart beat. As Hungary and the Turks fought, he had to go into battle. When he returned at the first of the year, he was a different man. Rumors that he slaughtered thousands of men women and children ran rampant. She feared him, but couldn't fight the attraction she had for him. He had changed. She touches him and he feels so cold. His teeth seem longer and he is stronger, even though she never sees him eat. The light shines on his red eyes. She had been ill, but recovered while he was gone. When he had come home, she seemed to get ill again. She also noticed, she had another "love" bite. It seemed as they made love, he could read her mind. He fed off her, which was her illness. She has such love for him, that she doesn't mind. He is now a man-creature, who comes home from battle in the middle of the night and enters through the window. The servants were terrified and many of them fled, but she didn't care. Valeria and the Count fed off each other, sharing their life force - blood. She loved him, even though she thought she would die because of him. Even she thought herself odd. When he left with the peasants, she realized she had been abandoned. She sent the rest of the servants away and she was now all alone. She would kill herself before she would let the Turks take her. As she dies, she is reborn. Like her husband, she is now a vampire. She is vicious in her revenge of the Turks looting her home. She tells of her anger when she is abandoned by Vlad. She rampages through her home, and the carnage and savage killing of the Turks are beyond description. After two years, she takes up her pen and begins her diaries. 5 STARS - Would Buy It For Them (lol) A vampire book like no other. It is told in the form of diaries, and begins with his first wife, Valeria. Needless to say, he is immortal, so one wife would never be enough. Vlad's callousness, cruelty, and betrayals are so selfish and self-centered, it makes you wonder how the wives are able to keep their sanity. Or do they? The story is told from the wives points of view. The confusion, loneliness, hatred, grief, love, pain, and betrayal they experience will leave you feeling emotionally drained. When I first opened the book, I wasn't sure how I would feel about it. I'm not huge on books written as diaries. It didn't take long for me to become totally engrossed in it. You must keep reading or you will miss a truly unique story of a love like no other. I fell in love with Valeria. Even though she is a vampire and has the capacity to be truly vicious and savage, her love encompasses so much more than she thought she would ever be able to give. The horrible things she goes through would make you think she would be incapable of what she does at the end of the story. The ending blew me away and I can hardly wait to read the sequel. I hope you are a fast writer Faith. lol Faith Marlow takes vampires to a whole new level. I never saw where this book was going and I am so glad, because the surprise was well worth waiting until the last page to discover. I loved where she went with the book and the journey was well worth traveling. As I sit here writing the review, all I can think of is WOW. I am still caught up in the story, trying to think how to describe it to you, so that you will be sure to pick up your copy and enjoy Valeria's story. I was given this book in return for an honest and unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will admit, I was a little hesitant at first to read this book. I've read Dracula by Bram Stoker and was a little scepticle. HOWEVER, once I got into the book I was pleasantly surprised at how this story related to Dracula. The words flowed so well and was difficult to put down. I enjoyed hearing the story from the perspective of, well, Mrs. Draculas (yes plural). I liked how the story crossed times to show the span of Dracula's love life. I'm glad I read this book and would definately recommend it to a friend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book ROCKED! I loved the idea of Dracula with all his ladies, this was a new exciting take on a Classic. Loved every bit of it! Highly Recommend!
Marblezzie More than 1 year ago
"Being Mrs. Dracula" by Faith Marlow was such a treat! It was so beautifully written and compelling that I wasn't able to put it down when I was reading it. The novel was based on Bram Stoker's classic vampire tale, Dracula and the historical figure, Vlad Dracul, who ruled Wallachia (the present day Romania) in the mid 15th century. The story revolve around the three women who made such an impact on Vlad's life, their thoughts and feelings towards their husband, as well as their experiences as they embarked on their new life bound to the very man with whom they have ambivalent feelings for. It also gave an insight on the character and personality of Vlad as told in Marlow's point of view. I love how the story unfolded through the journals of the three wives, whose perspectives were actually the very highlight of the novel. Although, I haven’t read the classic novel, Dracula, I've watched the movie adaptation so I was able to follow and used my very rich imagination in following the story line of Being Mrs. Dracula. Of all the three wives, I love Valeria’s character best. She has such a strong personality and although her temperament was so volatile, it was apparent in the story how she could also be loving and forgiving. Ilona’s personality, on the other hand, although a bit docile most of the time, I love how her character was portrayed as motherly. I was emotionally moved on some part of the story where she has to leave with the other wives on a mission and has to say goodbye to her adopted son. That was a poignant moment and I was actually distressed! Fleur, by the way, I wanted to wring neck most of the story. Well, you can guess why, LOL! I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel of Ms. Faith Marlow, and will gladly read her next installment, “Being Dracula’s Widow” once it’s available. Looking forward to it, Ms. Faith. All in all, an exceptionally written story, five-star material! I highly recommend this book to read.
Auntie_April More than 1 year ago
This book is a different take on the classic Dracula. Faith Marlow tells not The Count's story, but that of his three wives, in their own voices. This book has the unique concept being the voices of the wives vs. the master vampires himself. Ms. Marlow did an excellent job with her character development through their various life changes in the novel. In addition, she was able to convey their thoughts and emotions very clearly. Ms. Marlow created three women with different personalities, different aspirations, and different (and some shared) experiences with their husband, Count Dracula. The time span of the book is hundreds of years long allowing readers to experience the transformation of these women from human to predator through the diary entries they left behind. Their stories also add another layer of the mystique surrounding the master vampire himself. I had a hard time getting into this book. I was unable to relate personally to the characters. I was outraged for them, especially Valeria, the first wife, and Ilona, the second wife. I just plain hated Fleur, the third wife. I love and read tons of vampire novels so the blood compulsion I understand. Undying love and forgiveness after betrayal after betray after betrayal… nope, I do not get it. I was expecting more blood and vengeance from these women scorned. However, that is just me relating to the characters created, not the quality of the writing.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not at all what I expected highly recomend!!!