Sunday, October 31, 2021

Lost in Darkness by Michelle Griep (Barbour Publishing)

My thoughts:  Set in 1815 London, the story is that of a naval surgeon who seeks a medical practice and so joins with experienced Mr. Peckwood. (Note: doctors of this era are referred to as Mr. and not Dr.). Soon after he has invested his entire fortune in the practice, he discovers that Mr. Peckwood is not the sort of doctor with which he wishes to be involved. 

 And then there is the "spinster," Amelia, who is a writer about travels and destinations. Her brother is a recluse because of a major physical impairment. Their lives change direction when Amelia receives news her father has died.

The connection between surgeon Graham Lambert and Amelia is made when Amelia's brother, Colin, becomes a patient of Mr. Peckwood.

Peckwood is an unsavory man with misguided intentions and unearthly scruples. We must remember this was 1815 and the practice of medicine was often quite barbaric. 

A couple of other delightful characters..... the little boy, "Nemo," the bossy maid, and the sickly "Ms. Bog." They all add  delight to this story.

I really enjoy the writing style of Michelle Griep and she did not disappoint in Lost in Darkeness. I do not consider this a "Gothic" tale as much as I do a story of misguided intentions and unscrupulous character. The darkness is there in the story, but it is not horrific such as a true Frankenstein story. It is interesting that the author has placed a neighbor to Amelia as the namesake of the author of the famous Frankenstien stories.

About the Book: Enchanting Regency-Era Gothic Romance Intertwined with Inspiration from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. 

Travel writer Amelia Balfour’s dream of touring Egypt is halted when she receives news of a revolutionary new surgery for her grotesquely disfigured brother. This could change everything, and it does. . .in the worst possible way.

Surgeon Graham Lambert has suspicions about the doctor he’s gone into practice with, but he can’t stop him from operating on Amelia’s brother. Will he be too late to prevent the man’s death? Or to reveal his true feelings for Amelia before she sails to Cairo?

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.

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