I read this book for the first time in August after looking at it for about 12 months, debating whether to read.
The first time I enjoyed it, the second - when I read it as part of the author-led real-time reading experience via Facebook, was even better.
Diana is a witch in denial. She is the last in a long line of witches, with strong magic but due to experiences she has had she is strongly in denial of her magic. She is now a renowned historian of science and has no intention of allowing magic into her life; that is until she encounters a strange book which she calls for her research. Suddenly the entire magical community seems to focussed on Diana, and more specifically a mysterious and alluring vampire named Matthew.
The author, Deborah Harkness, is herself a college professor of the history of science so she writes with knowledge and this shines through to the book. During the real-time read various photographs and music were posted to illustrate what places looked like, enhance the mood of events and in some cases expand on information contained in the book. Although the book does not require the additional media, and I definitely enjoyed it first time round, the bonus bits definitely do add that third dimension.
Speke Hall: author's inspiration for the Old Lodge
(posted to Facebook by Deborah Harkness)
The only regret I have about this book is that I didn't read it earlier!