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"A Love Story for Phantom Fans!"

The Phantom of the Opera is dead or is he? After Christine leaves with Raoul, all believe The Phantom has perished, but Erik or better known as, The Phantom is still alive and living below the Opera Garnier. He vows to live a quiet life. However, Anna, who works at the opera house, knows about his existence. She leaves him packages of goodwill. Furious that someone has found him out, Erik plans to put a stop to the young woman's foolishness. Only Anna has plans of her own.

Erik still longs for Christine, the woman who loved him as the Angel of Music, but could not love the man. He also loves Anna, the woman who accepts him no matter what mask he wears: Murderer, maestro, magician or mastermind. The managers of the Opera Garnier plan a con with Anna's deadbeat father to resurrect the legendary phantom and have Christine return to perform at the opera house. When Anna's life is also put in jeopardy, Erik is forced to become The Phantom once more to put an end to this charade. In doing so, he'll be forced to face his past to either accept and transcend to a new life or slip into the dark madness that threatens to engulf him.

Ms. Linforth has written a magical tale where you'll be swept back to the Opera Garnier and its splendor. Erik is still the tortured soul remembered in Gaston Leroux's classic, The Phantom of the Opera. Erik could easily embrace the essence of the angel of music or lose himself to the tortured soul of a madman. Anna with her sordid past has an understanding of being an outcast and is able to see the man beneath the mask. The friendship, trust and the sweet romance will have any reader hoping for the chance of true love. Fans of the Phantom of the Opera will not be disappointed and those who haven't experienced the magic of the story will simply be enchanted.

The tale isn't a paranormal read per se, but it's a Top Pick for this reviewer.

Reviewed by: Karen Michelle Nutt, author

Reviewed by Karen Michelle Nutt
Posted June 8, 2009

SUMMARY

A novel of Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera

Years earlier Erik faked his death and vowed the Phantom would never again haunt the Opera Garnier. But strange packages left by Anna, an unwanted Samaritan turned unlikely friend, cause him to desire the unattainable´┐Żlove. Battling the nobleman determined to lock him away, Erik must control his demons and tame a heart unexpectedly beating for two opposite women: Christine, who he longs to love, and Anna the woman who saw beyond his bitter soul to the man beneath the mask. In the midst of a brutal manhunt, can he be loved for himself or is he condemned to be The Phantom of the Opera? Murderer, Maestro, Magician, Mastermind.

 

Madrigal
(A novel of Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera)
by Jennifer Linforth

Highland Press
September 1, 2008
Available: September 21, 2008
ISBN #0981557333
EAN #9780981557335
272 pages
Paperback
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