Sophie de Courcy, living as companion to an elderly countess in an isolated mansion on the mountains in North Wales, dreams of romance and adventure, but despairs of having any.
Their unpleasant neighbour Kenrick, with his wild talk of the legends of Transylvannia and of what the Countess calls his 'Mischievous Experiments' , hardly counts.
But when Sophie's long term hero, the rascally Émile Dubois, comes with his confidential manservant on a suspiciously hasty visit to his aunt the Countess, Kenrick's machinations draw him, and Sophie too, into a world of man vampires and time warps.
Obviously there can be nothing in the gossip that Émile is also the notorious highwayman Monsieur Gilles, or that Georges is is his companion in crime.
It is lucky for Sophie that she has a staunch ally in her lady's maid Agnes, who combines common sense with a talent for Tarot reading.
Winner of the coveted BRAG medallion for outstanding self-published fiction, this over-the-top Gothic adventure is full of dark humour, romance and derring-do and a perfect read for those who enjoy a spoof on the themes of classical Gothic.
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About the Author
Lucinda Elliot loves writing historical, Gothic, comedy and all sorts of genres. She loves a laugh above everything, and can't write completely 'straight'. Her parents used to convert big old houses before it became fashionable, so she was brought up in a series of locations ideal for Gothic novels. Having lived and worked in London for many years, she now lives in Mid Wales with her family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Alysha Allen for Readers' Favorite Lucinda Elliot time travels to the French Revolution where one of the last of the aristocratic rakes, Émile Dubois, charms his pious and poor relative, Sophie de Courcy into marrying him. Within the tradition of the Gothic novel, once married and settled in North Wales, Sophie and Émile must overcome a ruthless vampire couple who seek to use Émile for their own private ends. Additionally, a seductive femme fatale vampiress tests their love and awakens sordid memories from Émile's past which he must battle and to which Sophie reconciles herself. Meanwhile, Sophie's maid Agnes and her beau, Georges, otherwise known as Emile's side-kick/valet, join forces with the newly-married couple to save the village from turning into a coven of neck-biting vampires. As a modest aficionado of eighteenth-century British literature, I am acquainted with and have even read some of the popular works from this period, from the rising sentimental novel to the emerging Gothic novel in the 1790s. Similarly, I was pleased to find that amongst many contemporary authors, Lucinda Elliot attempted to authentically narrate the story from an eighteenth-century perspective, to the extent of titling her novel in Enlightenment fashion. Told simply as an historical paranormal romance, it is well-written and a book I would recommend to lovers of this genre. Moreover, I laud Elliot for her indubitable appreciation of this prolific century in Britain when rakes, prudes, and vampires prevailed, albeit separately, now skillfully combined in Elliot's twenty-first century reincarnation of pre-Austen fin de siècle.
I enjoyed this, it's a good read , and it's funny. At first, I thought the main character Sophie was a bit too soft and in awe of the villainous Emile but you can see her toughening up and becoming a match for anyone, even the evil Kenrick, helped by her maid Agnes, who is more than a match for his manservant Georges.