Author: Julie Daines
Series: Romance on the Orient Express #1
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: Audio, eBook, Print
Date: August 10, 2020
Molly Cooper is haunted by one simple fact: it is her fault her twin brother, Matthew, has spent his life trapped in a frail body while she has thrived. Deep in her heart, she knows he can’t hold on much longer…
In her desperation to save her brother, Molly finds inspiration in an unlikely source: the newly published novel Dracula. When her family embarks on the Orient Express to seek treatment for Matthew in Bulgaria, Molly is prepared to set her plan in motion: she will sneak away from her parents and journey alone to Transylvania, where she will seek a vampire, whose blood can make her brother immortal.
Molly’s rash plan is going flawlessly—until she encounters Percy Hunt, a handsome American traveler running from the shadows of his own past. When he discovers Molly’s plan, Percy’s concern for the naive young woman leaves him no choice but to accompany her on her strange quest. But neither Percy nor Molly is prepared for the feelings that quickly grow between them or for the death-defying escapade that awaits.
Such a fun adventure! I loved the intrigue surrounding the Orient Express and the mystery of Dracula.
I confess I’ve never read Dracula. I’m not a huge Gothic novel fan so it never interested me. I suspect that people who love Dracula might find all the references in this book intriguing.
I was intrigued that Molly held no resentment that her whole life was about her twin. She loved him above all else and would do anything for him. Some of that was due to guilt but mostly I think she just loved him that much. I liked Molly but felt like she was more immature than her age. I kept thinking she was in her mid teens but she is 19. Yet in some ways she seemed older. It was rather cruel of her parents to leave her to get her brother through his treatments instead of them being at his side. A child should not have to go through that. And it obviously scarred her.
I also liked her twin, Matthew. He seemed to have a good attitude even after having gone through all the pain and literally, torture. I loved the relationship the twins had and their storytelling.
And I really loved Percy. He was rather a perfect hero. He understood her, took care of her, risked his life for her and loved her. And was handsome too. He was also wise.
There is a mystical element to the book that never had any explanation so it remained a mystery. Perhaps that will become clearer in upcoming books? There is also a lot of light and dark contrasts. Good and evil.
Possible triggers: Suicide, fire, ptsd
Violence: attempted murder
* I received a complimentary ARC of this book through Netgalley and voluntarily chose to review it.