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Amelia Balfour wants nothing more than to be a world-famous travel writer, and she doesn't need a man in her life to accomplish that, thank you very much. An upcoming trip to Cairo promises to be the pinnacle of her career until a letter arrives from her late father.

Amelia's brother, Colin, may look like a monster, but inside he has a deep faith and a heart of gold. Can a new and risky surgery give him a chance to be out in public, or is the risk too great?

Graham Lambert was making his way in the world as a naval surgeon until an unfortunate incident threatened to end his career. Becoming partners with Mr. Peckwood, an innovative surgeon and medical researcher, seems like a good opportunity. But is Peckwood putting his research before patient safety? Can his risky new surgery help Amelia's brother, or is it all just a way of trying to make a name for himself? Graham finds himself with these questions and more as he tries to do what's best for his patients. And it wasn't part of his plan to fall in love with Amelia, but that's definitely what's happened.

The characters in this book went straight into my heart (well, not the villain!) and the story line was novel and intriguing. I knew this book was going to be darker and sadder than most of Michelle Griep's novels, but I can't resist reading anything she writes. Her characters are always real and relatable, her style is witty, and her faith real. I loved this story and the character development Amelia and Graham went through. My heart broke for Colin, but I was inspired by his steady faith in God.

The ending was a tearjerker for sure, and I wish it could have been different, but being loosely based on Frankenstein, I knew from the get-go that it wouldn't be. The title may be Lost in Darkness, but there is plenty of light scattered along the way. Five stars.


A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Barbour Publishing through NetGalley. The opinions I have expressed are my own.