When French equestrian Claire Delacroix loses her fiance in a tragic accident, she comes to live at the Paris Opera during its 1890s heyday.
Whilst working at the opera, she meets a mysterious, masked stranger: Erik. Is it possible that the two of them will heal the pain of each other's past?
Updated for 2015 with glossaries of equestrian terms and French words used in the text.
About the Author
Books by award-winning internationally published author Sharon E. Cathcart provide discerning readers of essays, fiction and non-fiction with a powerful, truthful literary experience. Her primary focus is on creating fiction featuring atypical characters. A former journalist and newspaper editor, Sharon has written for as long as she can remember and generally has at least one work in progress. Sharon lives with her husband and an assortment of pets in the Silicon Valley, California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My first impression: If 90% of everything is crap, then this definitely falls within the remaining 10%. And in the end, I retained that impression, even though along the way, I had a number of complaints. Yet for all those complaints, I still ended up rating it 5 stars. Yes, I teetered on the edge between 4 and 5, but I finally came down on the higher side, because if the next book I read has all the characteristics of this one, that would make me very happy, because of all the things this story did right. The characters captivated me. I ended up thinking of Claire as an actual person, inconsistencies and all. The story dealt with a real issue, and one close to my heart, the human need to love and be loved. A theme that (whether Sharon intended it or not) strikes more deeply than the title implies: Not just that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That everyone needs some sympathy with others, in order to survive.
I am honored and delighted to see my Phantom of the Opera sequel made available via Barnes and Noble. I hope that you will enjoy it. This is not your typical romance novel.
I don't recommend this at all. I can't figure out why some one else gave it a good rating. I don't like to give bad reviews, but I also hate to see people waste their money!