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Book 2

Erik and Anna are on the run from Raoul's hunters, accused of multiple murders, including, Phillipe de Chagny, brother to Raoul. Christine fights her attraction to her Angel of Music, wanting a life with Raoul, her son Andre, and the daughter she is carrying. Anna, also pregnant, must fight for not only her life, but a life with Erik. Forces conspire to destroy any chance at happiness Anna and Erik can have.

For anyone who never understood Christine choosing Raoul over the Phantom, Jennifer Linforth's second entry in her Madrigal series, is a welcome treat. I've hated Christine ever since reading The Phantom of the Opera for the first time, not understanding how Christine couldn't see the man behind the mask. Anna is the heroine fans have been waiting for, flawed like Erik but strong and loving enough to lift him from his madness. Abendlied was an anxiously awaited sequel, but once I got it, I put off reading it, savoring each page, knowing that I could only read it for the first time once. Jennifer Linforth's latest work is sweet and tender, dark and decandent, a treat to be reached for again and again. For anyone who read Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera and wanted more, this is the book for you!

Book Blurb for Abendlied

Desiring normalcy is difficult enough with a price on his head, but when Erik is falsely accused of killing Philippe de Chagny, brother of his nemesis Raoul, he is launched toward madness.

Anna is an unlikely companion, sharing Erik's heart and the bounty on his head. As the manhunt heats, Erik's mysterious relationship with Philippe spurs the campaign against them and exposes her darkest secret: defending her honor ended in murder.

Plagued by his past as The Phantom of the Opera, Erik's memories enslave his heart to Raoul?s wife Christine, whose shocking confession brings a ruthless bounty hunter into the fray and blackmail to the Chagny bloodline. Blackmail from a hunter who cares little about the Phantom or Philippe and everything about the one he has lusted for: Anna.

With the past weeping like an open wound, can love endure or will it take the memories of one unlikely man to heal them all?

Memories of Philippe Georges Marie, Comte de Chagny...

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2010 5.00