Author: Celia Rees
Publication Date: September 20, 1996
Synopsis:Ellen Forrest is sick, she feels as if the life is being sucked out of her. The doctors think that she is suffering from a disease of the blood, and she has been sent to her grandmother's house to rest, but she seems to be getting worse, not better. Can it have anything to do with the diaries she has found in the attic? Diaries written in Victorian times by her great great grandmother. Diaries that describe an encounter with a handsome young Count who comes from the Land Beyond the Forest.
Ellen likes a vampire story, who doesn't? The difference is that this one just happens to be true…
My Thoughts:This was a fairly interesting read, it's different from the vampire books that have been coming out lately. There is no girl falling in love with a vampire, or wanting to be a vampire. There is very little in terms of romance in this novel, which is ok. Overall it is a good read, I didn't love it, but I liked it.
The story revolves around Ellen, who is dying of a blood disease that no doctor can figure out. She is living with her grandmother because it's closer to the hospital and her doctors. She finds her great-great grandmother's diaries and decides to read them, doing so causes her to realize that maybe some of the horror stories are true after all, or at least they were in 1878.
Throughout the novel you get to read the excerpts from the diaries, which is pretty interesting, they are read as diary entries, sometimes with Ellen pausing to put in her thoughts.
I thought the books was well written, it was a bit hard to put down, but I just wasn't in love with the story. Still a good read that I would recommend to vampire lovers.