Dracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker

Dracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker

by Syrie James

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Author Syrie James (The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen) offers readers a breathtaking new perspective on Bram Stoker’s classic tale of the king of the vampires with Dracula, My Love. In these “Secret Journals of Mina Harker,” the object of Dracula’s desire relates for the very first time the shocking story of her scandalous seduction and sexual rebirth. This is not the chaste vampire romance of TwilightDracula, My Love celebrates a passionate obsession in all its hot and sensuous glory.

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ISBN-13: 9780062010421
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/20/2010
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 260,372
File size: 723 KB

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Syrie James is the USA Today bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Runaway HeiressNocturneDracula, My Love; The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë; The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen; Jane Austen's First Love; Forbidden; The Harrison Duet; and the international bestseller The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen. An admitted Anglophile, Syrie loves all things British and 19th century. Her novels have hit many Best of the Year lists, won the Audie Romance Award, and been designated as Library Journal Editor’s Picks and the Women's National Book Association’s Great Group Read. Syrie lives in Los Angeles and is a member of RWA, JASNA, and the Writer's Guild of America. Visit Syrie at www.syriejames.com.

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Dracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In 1890, Mina steps off the train eager to begin her summer months with her best friend, Lucy Westenra. Lucy and Mina are living in a blissful world at the moment, for they are both engaged to great men and are looking forward to beginning the next phase of their lives.as blushing brides. Lucy has always been a stunning girl; a young lady who men worshiped whenever she walked into the room. She has always been a part of the wealthy, aristocratic crowd, and loves the attention of it all. Mina's life has been the opposite. She was abandoned at a young age and lived in an orphanage where she met Jonathan Harker. She and Jonathan became fast friends when they were children, and now they're getting ready to walk down the aisle into their future. Of course, the future can't begin until her beloved comes back from his business trip in Transylvania. Jonathan has become a brilliant mind in the business and financial worlds, and is currently doing a real estate deal with a nobleman by the name of Count Dracula. As Lucy and Mina enjoy their holiday, things start to get very strange. Mina has taken to walking up the East Cliff of the island to an old abandoned castle. Sitting on a bench overlooking the sea, she begins to write a great deal in her diary. One day, a fierce gale pummels the land and a Russian ship appears out of the mist, running aground on the rocks. As the men of the town race to the ship to help anyone aboard, all they can find are many crates filled with dirt, and a dead man at the wheel. A big black dog bounds off the deck - the only survivor of the horrible wreck. Soon, Mina meets up with a handsome stranger who seems unbelievably taken with her beauty and brilliance. Walking the island with the man, she feels the monumental attraction that is building between the two of them. If not for her immense amount of worries, including the fact that she has still not received a letter from her missing fiancé; and, her sleepwalking friend Lucy, who is becoming more pale, drawn, and distant as the holiday wears on, the stranger would've been all she could think about. Upon receipt of an urgent letter, telling Mina that her beloved Jonathan is currently in a hospital in Austria acting like a raving lunatic, she puts down her journal and turns her back on the enchanting stranger, choosing to rush to Jonathan's side. This remarkable story twists and turns with every page. As Mina embarks on her married life with Jonathan, who is finally coming back to himself, people she loves begin to die all around her. When a man by the name of Van Helsing suddenly appears in her life and tells her a story, for some reason Mina completely and utterly believes that he speaks the truth. From the eerie, dark streets of London, to a psychiatric hospital that houses a man named Renfield, the story unfolds with fast-paced action, well-written dialogue, and historical events mixed in with a truly remarkable love story that keeps the reader glued to every page. Syrie James is the author of the fantastic work, The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen. Here, one again, she doesn't disappoint. Mixing history with a fantastic, well-known mystery has certainly given this author another hit.right out of the park. Quill says: The vampire publishing juggernaut has finally turned its eye on the most beloved of them all. Readers will bury themselves happily in this book, because the one and only Count has truly been gone for far too long.
Gertt More than 1 year ago
Dracula My Love will make you look at the greatest Vampire of all in a way you never did before. The story is from Mina's point of view and is scary, exciting, sad, and very romantic. The ending will leave you wondering if it was really the end. Syrie James has a way of creating characters so real, you experience their fear and their emotions. I have been intrigued with romantic vampires since meeting Barnabus Collins in Dark Shadows back in the 70's. I loved this book, as I have all of Ms James books, and I am looking forward to reading her next novel 'Nocturne' in 2011.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I wasn't able to put it down, and I'm not much of a reader but when I started reading it I couldn't put it down. Thank you Syrie for making such a interesting and an outstanding book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love it, enjoy all versions like this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I couldn't put it down. It was refreshing to read another side of Dracula.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the book. A great AD book for teens. I wish it had a better ending....everything really left you hanging there... EX= "like what if....could he really be....??" Overall great book. Loved it. So will you!!
melissaclark More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading this book, I was a bit skeptical. Actually, I thought it was going to suck. When I read the description on the back, it seemed like it strayed so far from Bram Stoker's original Dracula I thought I was going to hate it. I was very very pleasantly surprised!!! To imagine the terrifying fiend being something more, someone romantic and passionate was not a believable to me. But Syrie James pulls it off brilliantly, staying true to the storyline but giving you something more to ponder, another possibility to one of the best characters ever to grace the pages of a book. If you like paranormal romances, this story will definitely hook you! Couldnt put it down! Highly recommend it to anyone who's openminded and enjoyed the original.
zooteacher More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful retelling of Bram Stoker's Dracula, and is decidedly NOT Twilight. It's romantic, sexy, and poignant. Vampires should be strong, sexy and brooding, and NOT emo!
Norcha57 More than 1 year ago
A real page turner.
dasbears1 More than 1 year ago
You don't have to like vampires to read this book. It was wonderful. I could not put the book down. The characters were wonderful and you really felt for all 3 of the main characters. I can't wait to read Syrie James new book when it comes out in January.
Kasthu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dracula, My Love is a retelling of the Dracula myth. It¿s been a long time since I read the original, and my memory is a little hazy about whether or not this book stays true to its inspiration. But I really enjoyed this novel, covering Mina (Murray) Harker¿s experiences from her time at Whitby (where she meets a man named Mr. Wagner, obvious to everyone but her that he¿s Dracula), her love affair with Dracula (even though she¿s married to Jonathan) up through the time when she must make a difficult decision regarding her personal happiness.I¿ve read Syrie James¿s other two books (one based on the life of Jane Austen and her inspiration for Sense and Sensibility, the other about Charlotte Bronte), and this one is just as enjoyable. The author¿s prose flows very smoothly and the plot moves along quickly. James¿s Mina Harker is a believable character, strong in the face of he difficulties she experiences. She¿s a bit too modern at some points in the story, but I found that that didn¿t interfere too much with my enjoyment of the story.Normally, I don¿t read much Dracula and vampire-inspired fiction¿and those that I do read, I find disappointing (take Deanna Raybourn¿s The Dead Travel Fast as an example¿I love her writing normally, but I thought the plot of that book was rather ridiculous). But with Dracula My Love, the author doesn¿t go overboard with the vampire stuff. In fact, I though Dracula was quite a sympathetic character. At the same time though, you can¿t totally trust him. Is he telling the truth? Or is he just feeding Mina what she wants to hear? I remember Stoker¿s Dracula as being pure evil, so it was interesting to see a new side to him.Although Mina and Dracula¿s characters were well-drawn, however, I thought the other men faded into the background at times¿Mr. Morris and Lord Godalming say about five sentences between then, and Van Helsing comes across as being a bit of an idiot. James uses British spelling in order to make Mina¿s voice more authentic, but her use of British spelling is often inconsistent. She also uses footnotes to explain some terms and foreign phrases, but thankfully these occur infrequently. Nonetheless, I thought that was an likable retelling of the Dracula myth, definitely worth reading if you¿ve enjoyed Syrie James¿s other two novels.
dawnlovesbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
really enjoyed this book. puts a love story twist on the old story of dracula. loved the time period and the dark love story.
ijustgetbored on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker is a retelling of Bram Stoker's classic Dracula from Mina Harker's point of view. The major events of the novel remain unchanged; however, their interpretation is totally different.The story begins with Mina summering in the English costal town of Whitby with her dearest friend, Lucy. Her fiance, Jonathan, is away on business in Transylvania, and Mina is disturbed because she hasn't heard from him. There is a great deal here about Mina and Lucy's friendship that is not in the original novel, but, frankly, the Whitby section seemed to run a bit long at times. The action picks up when Mina meets the mysterious Mr. Wagner (who is blatently obviously Dracula) and falls in love with him, and Lucy begins to sicken from blood loss. In short order, Mina is called away to nurse a delirious Jonathan, who is raving of being held captive by demons, in Eastern Europe. Mina and Jonathan are married, Lucy dies and rises as a vampire, and the vampire-hunting team has formed. As a previous reviewer has already commented, the men of this vampire-hunting team are kind of thin sketches; they're not well-filled-out as characters. If a feminist complaint about the original Dracula was that Mina's character was not well-developed, then we can make the same complaint about the majority of the men (and I would include Jonathan) in this novel. I wish James had achieved a balance. It's disappointing in particular to see fan favorite Van Helsing so frequently belittled.There is a great deal of romantic tension in the novel, and it's not the sex-driven passion we see in so much vampire urban fantasy these days. It's much more intellectual, though the element of physicality is there. In this way, James draws Mina as a woman with both a mind and a body to be satisfied, and she makes her a stronger character in doing that. Because she draws Mina this way (without giving away any spoilers), I have to say that the "Epilogue" was pretty disappointing as an end to the story; I think she ends up burying these elements of Mina's character in favor of a more traditional picture of womanhood.You can read this novel without reading or rereading Stoker's novel, if that's a concern you have in approaching it. You'll probably enjoy it more if you know the original story and if you know what James is rewriting, but James' story of a woman torn between two lovers stands on its own as a narrative of passion and suspense.
Readingfanatic1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a hard book for me to review. I absolutely loved Dracula. I was very young when I read Dracula (thankfully, my mom never looked at what I was reading) and I was a teenager when I read it for the 2nd time. When I read Dracula, My Love, I felt like it was simply a retelling of Dracula. It didn't seem that original and overall I wasn't impressed. The author is an impressive writer and I felt she would be better served not taking on a classic tale. I gave the book 3 stars because I felt I was probably a bit biased and if I hadn't read the original Dracula, I may have enjoyed this book a bit more.
dulcibelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have a confession to make. I've never read Dracula. After reading this book, I intend to rectify that mistake. But, I am familiar with the story. Dracula, My Love is a wonderful retelling from Mina Harker's viewpoint. The book has a Gothic feel that I really enjoyed. Mina is a strong character, but has her faults. Those faults and her misreading of Dracula's intent is what drives the story. Quite enjoyable even if you haven't read Dracula, I can only imagine it would be even better if you had read it.
mt256 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked this book because I love Dracula. It's true. Before there was Eric Northman and Edward Cullen there was Dracula. I read Dracula many years ago after watching the movie. I loved the book but it didn't have the romantic element that the movie had. I always wished that Dracula would have had a little more romance. Syrie James granted my wish with Dracula, My Love. The story is told from Mina's point of view but she stays true to the original story line. One of the things I liked most about the story is Mina's inner struggle with her feelings towards Dracula and her husband, Jonathan. Mina knows she should stay away from Dracula but can't seem to help herself. Her feelings are very relateable and believeable. The chemistry that Syrie writes between Dracula and Mina is very sensual. Syrie James writes an intriguing story. It was definitly a page turner. There is a mysterious element to this story that keeps you wanting more. I found myself picking up this book when ever I had a spare moment. Would I recommend this book? Definitly. I know all the romantics out there, like me, will love it.
flemmily on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked this! I will let you in on my little secret, I read a lot of vampire novels but I've never read Dracula. I've primarily been a fan of new school vampires. This might be my gateway book though. It balances old and new very well. I also really like the treatment of the love triangle - Mina's feelings are complex and grown-up, rather than the simplistic "but I want TWO things" which normally encapsulates a love triangle.
roydknight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For those familiar with the original work by Bram Stoker, this is a very different approach which keeps the reader wondering what new insight Syrie James sheds on one of the most notorious monsters of literature. Mina Harker kept another journal. And here she reveals her romantic realtionship with Dracula. Yeah, one could call this a romantic, chick novella. But nonetheless I found it a clever and intriging take on a very old and familiar plot. With a surprising ending, this book kept me on the edge of my seat awaiting new revelations about our old friend and fiend, the Count.
bookwormteri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting take on the Dracula legend and original story. Told from Mina's point of view, we learn that there are two sides to every story, even stories this old. I found this to be really interesting and engrossing. However, if you are familiar with Bram Stoker's work, there will be a lot of repetition. I liked the softer, kinder Dracula, but for some reason, found Mina irritating. Not constantly, but often enough to be distracting. She fits the time period (if she is not more than a little ahead of her time) but for some reason, I wanted to slap her. Otherwise, truly enjoyable. A fresh take on an old tale.
leahsimone on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Mina Harker, a smart, capable and married 19th century woman who falls in love with Dracula. Told from her perspective, Mina explains how she came to love two men and the effects the experience has on her understanding of herself and the world.My favorite aspect of this novel was learning Dracula's background and how he became a vampire. The world building crafted around the historical events provided an interesting and believable explanation for his existence. I liked how James portrayed Dracula as a sympathetic character without downplaying the crueler aspects of his vampirism. This is the most important piece of the story because it allows for the understanding of Mina's intense feelings for Dracula despite being very much in love with her husband. James does a good job of taking a well-known story and infusing it with enough new information to keep it interesting. The story moves at a good clip and never gets bogged down in the details. I also thought the resolution was well done. It leaves you satisfied with a feeling of possibility for Mina's future. Recommend.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got a copy of this book through Librarything's Early Reviewer program. I love the original story of Dracula but always wished that the women characters were more filled out. This book does a great job of doing that in a believable way and paints Dracula into a more complex character than he was originally portrayed as.The whole book is told through the viewpoint of Mina Parker. Through her eyes we see Lucy's decline, hear of Jonathan's troubles in Transalvania, etc. The story line closely follows the original Dracula storyline but the interactions between Mina and Dracula are more filled out. You also see more of Mina's relationship with her husband Jonathan. This definitely comes off as more of a romance than the original Dracula, but mostly it is a Victorian fantasy of sorts.I thought the book was well done. The language and writing style mostly stays true to the original Dracula, and the original Dracula storyline is basically followed (if embellished on quite a bit). Mina Harker is a wonderful complex character: she is dutiful, yet independent, she loves her husband, yet is drawn to Dracula. She is a character that is easy to love and empathize with, she is even admirable at points.The characters of Jonathan and Dracula are also filled out nicely. Neither of the male leads is completely good or completely evil. Jonathan can be overly restrictive and traditional towards Mina; which suffocates her at times...yet he is also a loving husband. Dracula is more accepting and encouraging of Mina's non-traditional behavior (wanting to work outside the home and be educated) but is selfish when it comes to what he wants.This book ends up being less about the mystery behind Dracula and more about Mina's struggle to decide between two men who truly love her but each have faults of their own. That being said there is still some mystery and urgency throughout this book. The book would have been more engaging and unpredictable if I had not already known the story of Dracula so well.Overall the book is well done and a must read for Dracula fans, especially Dracula fans who have always wanted the role of the female characters in Dracula expanded. This take on Dracula is definitely more of a romance than a horror, although not annoyingly so, and it is aimed towards a female audience. Some of the steamy scenes in the book get pretty explicit so I would recommend for an adult audience. I enjoyed this book and would definitely consider reading other of James' books in the future.
mesmericrevelation on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is incredible. It took me about three weeks to read but that was because I was really sick and that was torture. All I wanted to do was pick this book up and read it but I couldn't because of all the headaches.Dracula, My Love was the perfect book for me because I loved Dracula but at the same time I had some problems with it. Dracula could have had so much more and left you with so many questions. Syrie James took Dracula and actually improved it. You get so much more in this book. It has everything, a great plot, amazing characters, adventure and romance.This is one everyone needs to read.
littlebookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What would Dracula look like from Mina¿s point of view? Syrie James takes this question and twists it, causing Mina to fall in love with Dracula before she knows he¿s Dracula. Just as in the original book, she goes to visit her friend Lucy and her mother in Whitby, but what we don¿t see are her secret meetings with a mysterious and attractive man, because she doesn¿t mention them. And when she discovers that his true identity is Dracula, the story changes, to accommodate Mina¿s new truth.The original Dracula is one of my favorite books, and as a result I seem to have a lot of trouble with any book that modifies the story in any way. And so it happened here, for a variety of reasons. Some things made sense told James¿s way ¿ like how the four men actually killed Lucy because of the danger of blood transfusions ¿ but some don¿t.First of all, I felt like there was too much explaining on Dracula¿s part. Every single move in the original novel is carefully explained and turned around by Dracula himself when Mina starts to ask questions. It happens every time the men discover something and, though I know it¿s a novel, I honestly had just had enough of his excuses. If I were Mina I¿d have chucked him out immediately, simply because there comes a point when you get tired of hearing the same story. Plus, I found it crazy that she¿d trust the word of a mysterious stranger over that of the husband she¿d known and loved her entire life. Maybe passion makes people crazy, but I often wanted to smack her around. And even though she and Dracula have plenty of intelligent conversations, none of these are actually explicit in the text ¿ we just learn about all the things they had in common. I didn¿t feel the connection or the spark between them.Other than that, the book mainly follows the original¿s plot, with some diversions explaining more of Mina¿s backstory. These did give the book an interesting angle, going into more detail about how she and Jonathan met and the origins of her parents, but overall weren¿t really enough to justify the whole basis of the book as a love story between Mina and Dracula. It didn¿t help that I felt Mina was a surprisingly weak character. Her intelligence, for me, was belied by the fact that she never really questioned Dracula. She just went along with his explanations and continued to fall in love with him ¿ she never considers that he might be manipulating her, as she knows he can do. She starts to wake up in some respects by the end of the book, but for the most part I just didn¿t like her, which is a disappointment given how fond I am of the original.In all honesty, I do think my fondness for the original has stopped me enjoying more modern takes on it as much as I might had I never read it. As a result, I just didn¿t really connect with this book.Plenty of others have felt differently about Dracula, My Love. If one of them is you, please let me know in the comments and I¿ll feature your review here.
Mendoza on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed having Mina's character given focus - it brought a new dimension to Dracula.What was hard for me to get thru was what I perceived as Mina being a rather intelligent and sensical woman who continued with an illicit connection (Dracula) while being engaged and then married to another. With the strict morals of this Victorian society I felt she reacted more as a modern woman might at times.Putting this aside though, I did find the novel rather engaging.
lauriebrown54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
`Dracula, My Love¿ retells Bram Stoker¿s novel from the point of view of Mina Harker, who in the original was a victim of Dracula and didn¿t play a large part in the action. In this, we learn not just Mina¿s story, but that of Dracula as well- or at least his story as he wishes Mina to know it. Because he has fallen in love with Mina and will do and say anything to win her. It¿s been years since I read `Dracula¿ (in 1969, IIRC) so I¿ve forgotten large parts of it, but I do think James has followed his plot pretty faithfully. Everything she has written slots into it fairly seamlessly. The only thing that I felt was changed too much was that Van Helsing comes off as a bit of a buffoon, which I don¿t remember him being. Dracula comes to England and meets Mina while her fiancé, Jonathan Harker, is still in a hospital in Europe, recovering from all that he¿s endured in Dracula¿s castle. He doesn¿t reveal himself as Dracula, but rather as a Mr. Wagner from Austria. He¿s gorgeous, well read, polite, dances divinely and he wakes in Mina feelings that she doesn¿t have about her fiancé. He stalks her relentlessly- but she doesn¿t see it that way, of course. In time, he is revealed as Dracula, the vampire that Van Helsing is hunting, who terrorized Jonathan, who is assumed to have killed Lucy Westenra, Mina¿s best friend. But Dracula explains all this away; he is innocent of harming anyone. Mina falls in love and in lust with him. Even though she is very aware of the morals of the Victorian society she lives in, Mina continues to see- and allow more and more intimacies with- Dracula, despite being affianced and then married to Jonathan. She manages to justify it- or is she able to do this because Dracula has her under a spell? Despite knowing that he can bespell humans and make them do as he wishes, this possibility never seems to occur to her, not even at the very end. She is very smart and educated but she comes off, sadly, as easily manipulated and unwilling to examine what she is doing. It was a disappointment to have a narrator it was hard to engage with for 450 pages. Still, it¿s vampires. It¿s Dracula! It¿s rather fun.