Image of Dracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker


Image of Dracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker

James, who has already reimagined various authors’ lives, now digs into the legendary Dracula as seen through the eyes of Mina Harker. Borrowing heavily from Stoker’s original, James takes the feminist and contemporary view, giving Mina and the sexy Lucy a powerful voice in the retelling. Though there are moments when this artfully crafted novel falls into the ordinary, there are other times when it reaches into the original.

Mina and Lucy have been friends for many years, though Mina grew up in an orphanage and Lucy is a wealthy socialite. Along with their husbands, the friends are visiting the Carpathian Mountains, where they meet the fascinating Count Dracula. Though others might be repulsed, Mina is intrigued. As she holds on to her love for Jonathan, she is drawn to the count, who woos her by listening to what she says. A forbidden passion begins to grow and the independent Mina is ready to take control of her life, the intrigues surrounding a shipwreck and Lucy’s midnight walks build tension between the visitors and Dracula. (AVON A, Aug., 300 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin