How will Jane Austen break the news to her fiancé that she’s not only undead, but also a two-hundred-plus-year-old literary icon?
In sleepy upstate New York, Jane’s wedding preparations have taken on a bloodsucking intensity. So when Walter suggests they ditch it all and combine their marriage and honeymoon with a house tour of Europe, Jane jumps at the chance to flee Lord Byron and the lingering threat of Charlotte Brontë. But to Jane’s chagrin, more than one secret from her past is about to resurface.
From an Agatha Christie–style murder mystery to a wedding interrupted by the ghosts of the Princes in the Tower to a shocking revelation about Walter’s mother, nothing about this trip is less than pure mayhem. And when a chance encounter puts Jane on the trail of a legendary device reputed to restore a vampire’s human soul, will our beloved heroine finally be able to vow her love and devotion—or will a vampire hunter’s vengeance drive a stake through her eternal life?
Review: I have to be honest – the entire idea of taking classic literature and making a parody out of it leaves a slightly bitter taste in my mouth. However, it also leaves my curiosity piqued – I know, total contradiction. When I read the synopsis for Jane Vows Vengeance, I was curious and thought it sounded rather good.
Even though I have not read the previous two books in this series, I quickly and easily found myself hooked within the pages of this story. At this point, I must state that the story doesn’t actually take an actual story written by Jane Austen and make light of it. Rather, it takes and gives the famous author, herself, a twist (vampire twist) and gives her a completely unique and fun story all her own. I can truly saw that I absolutely loved it!! This story is fun, unlike anything I have ever read before and the cozy mystery aspect of it was wonderful. I also loved how Charlotte Bronte is described as “Our Gloomy Friend” by Jane and the fact that the two are anything but friends. The comedic writing and style of Michael Thomas Ford is fabulous and not to be easily forgotten!
In Jane Vows Vengeance, Jane is preparing for her wedding to her beloved Walter – whose Mother also happens to be a vampire hunter and has anything but love for Jane. Since both women love Walter dearly, they are willing to put up with one another – to a point – and the tension between the two leads to plenty of laughs! There is one big thing that stands in the way of a completely truthful relationship between Jane and Walter, however – the fact that she has yet to tell her soon-to-be-husband that she is a vampire, and a famous one at that! With the tale of an ancient relic called Crispin’s Needle, that is rumored to give back a vampire’s soul, Jane is hoping to find this and reclaim her soul and humanity before she has to tell Walter the truth. There are unending obstacles standing in her way, however, as bodies fly to their death from atop castles, a long-forgotten husband shows up, riddles and rhymes add questions, rather than answers, leaving Jane wondering if she will ever find what she seeks. Will Jane experience an eternal love or eternal misery?
For me, Jane Vows Vengeance read like a cozy mystery. It had the light-heartedness and comedy of such a genre and was simply wonderful, entertaining and brimming with fun. Michael Thomas Ford is a new author for me, however now that I have tasted his writing style and talent, I cannot wait to get my hands on more of his work. I also look forward to reading the previous two books in this series. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for an excellent, relaxing and enjoyable read.
Favorite Quote: Jane had so far avoided telling her fiancé that she was a vampire. Her undead condition was, however, known to Walter’s mother. Miriam Ellenberg, much to Jane’s dismay, had turned out to be even more of a challenge than mothers-in-law generally were: Miriam was a vampire hunter. Not surprisingly, she disapproved of her son’s choice of a girlfriend, and initially had vowed to dispatch Jane at the earliest convenience. However, after Jane rescued Miriam from almost certain death at the hands of a deranged vampire turned book reviewer, a truce had been declared. With one condition: Jane had a year in which to produce a grandchild. Should she fail, all bets were off and Miriam and she would once again be mortal enemies.