Book Review: Dinner With Eloise by Count Colin Van Reenan


On a warm spring day, Jacques Georges de Vere ventures out of his isolated cottage and into the local village. Haunted by the tyranny of depressive illness, he’s determined to move on with life. With his medication safely locked in a drawer, Jack stumbles upon the local pub where the music, company and beer are like a return to long ago happier times. 

It’s here that Jack meets a beautiful stranger – a woman with a soft Parisian accent, dressed in black and with dark eyes that seem to penetrate the soul. But who is she, and does she know things about Jack that he barely knows himself? 

Like a moth to a flame, Jack is transfixed and a passionate love affair ensues in her crumbling mansion. But there is something odd about this mysterious lady who appears from nowhere, her affinity for the dark, her cold skin and her musky sensuous odour. So when Jack makes an unexpected and horrific discovery, fear takes hold as he starts to question whether his life may be in mortal danger.


I’m going to keep this review brief as, unfortunately, Dinner With Eloise was not the book for me. It’s regrettable as I could see some good elements about it: a gothic writing style reminiscent of Dracula, a creepy storyline and setting, and a vampire. Yet, there was something missing that didn’t endear me to this book.

I think one main thing was the characters. I neither liked nor disliked them but found them quite boring. Therefore, I wasn’t invested in them and, in turn, the story. I also found Dinner With Eloise to be quite slow paced. My interested piqued a bit at around the 65% mark, but sadly it was too late to change my opinion of the book by then.

While I disliked Dinner With Eloise, that is just my opinion. There are some reviews on Goodreads from people who really enjoyed it. Check them out and, and if you are interested, you can pick up a copy of the book here.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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