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ISBN#: 978-0981557335
October 2008
The Highland Press
P.O. Box 2992, High Springs, FL 32655
Trade Paperback
272 Pages
Historical Fiction
Rating: 4 Cups


Anna works at the Opera Garnier at the bidding of her con-man father. Her bosses are associates of her father’s and treat her very cruelly.

Erik, also known as “The Phantom”, is assumed dead. He inadvertently meets Anna and becomes torn between her and the only woman he thought he would ever love.

Anna has long been leaving care packages for the man who she suspects lives deep below the opera house. Erik refuses to be pitied and persuades the woman he employs, Madame Giry, to tell him the identity of this Good Samaritan. Upon meeting Erik, Anna is drawn to him, yet repulsed. She sees the good in him when others do not. When the love of his life returns to the Opera Garnier and becomes the target of danger, Anna risks her life to help. Anna also must face darkness from her own past that may ruin the trust that she has gained from Erik. Erik must make a difficult choice, will he continue to love the woman who chose another years ago, or will he realize how much he loves the woman who chooses him?

Madrigal: A Novel of Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera takes place four years after the events of the original novel. Although I have not read Leroux’s novel, I can see how Madrigal captures the feel of the story very well. The classic novel aside, this book is a wonderful historical tale of life, love, and choices. However, the most impressive aspect that stands out to me is the writing. Ms. Linforth’s prose is phenomenally beautiful and hauntingly breathtaking.

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