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Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite
Today with so many new books out there in the fantasy/sci-fi genre, it is easy to pass by some unknown or new authors; however, Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour is an author you do not want to miss out on! "Night's Gift" is book one of a trilogy that will transport you to a different world inside of a beautiful and mysterious mansion sitting at the end of a block in a normal town. Virginia had everything she could ever want - a great job, a nice apartment, a handsome boyfriend - until one day she arrives home early and finds her boyfriend with another woman. Virginia moves to a new town to start over and regain control of her life. Wanting to see a beautiful mansion up closer, Virginia goes into the yard, witnesses an argument of individuals inside and runs into a statute while trying to hastily flee. Next thing Virginia knows, she awakens in a bed inside of this house and she comes face to face with the people she saw through the window. Virginia finds herself in a world of vampires and herself being held captive, yet at first she is unsure of the plans and the dynamics of the household and the relationships among the people she is now living among. Virginia finds herself drawn to the Count and she has captured his heart, but will and can their romance be a happily ever after?
When I began reading this book, there were elements of the story that reminded me of "Beauty and the Beast" and "Twilight." As I read on, this book went to a different level. The author writes in a style that is easy to read and yet it is filled with descriptions and imagery that will have you transported right into the setting and the characters' lives. I was quickly drawn into the story and just wanted to keep on reading as I wanted to learn more about the history of these characters and how things would end up with Virginia. I found myself empathizing with both Teresa and Virginia as well as Max as they are all under the Count's control and yet at times confused as to their feelings and the life they want to live. This is a great start to the trilogy. You will not be disappointed as you get entangled in the lives of these characters!