Rating – 3.6 out of 5
Soul in Darkness by Wendy Higgins is a romantic retelling of the story of Cupid and Psyche. Psyche is a human princess of great beauty and renown. When it comes time for Psyche to marry, it becomes obvious that her people have been worshiping her and not the gods. To atone for this she makes a deal to marry a monster and is whisked away to a castle. She cannot see or touch her new husband or servants. She must find her way through her current surroundings and to the love that she is looking for.
“In every person I met, every new face, I sought the one who would finally lock eyes with me and see through to my soul within. Until then, under the sky, in the ocean, among fields of wheat, with the animals, I was accepted, and I was alive.”
― Wendy Higgins, Soul in Darkness
Why I liked Soul in Darkness by Wendy Higgins
I must admit that I had not read traditional romance in quite some time when I read this for a book club I attend. Soul in Darkness by Wendy Higgins is a traditional romance and has suspense, romance and yes, sex. While I often read YA books, this book is squarely an adult romance novel. The only way I would have enjoyed reading this book more was if there was a beach chair and a mojito involved. The book did have some problematic elements when it came to keeping Psyche captive, and hiding the truth from her. I feel similarly about this plot that I do about Beauty and the Beast – not great, but not ultimately a deal breaker for me.
TO BE HONEST, even though I have read Greek Mythology, I have not read the story of Cupid and Psyche. From what I hear, Soul in Darkness is true to the story, with the romance and detail added of course. I appreciate how true the book stayed to the general ethos of mythology and used it as a backdrop to a good romance. There was more tension than romance to be sure, but the book had its moments. The book was light and an easy read and I would read more from Higgins since I appreciated this book.
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