A new take on a timeless romance... Literature has given us hundreds of classic romances Romeo and Juliet, the star-crossed lovers, Gatsby's and Daisy's tragic love triangle, but none that has stirred the hearts of fans quite like the Phantom of the Opera. Inspired by Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage production and motion picture, Barbara J. Allen's Phantom, Out of the Shadows puts a new spin on the love story of Christine, Raoul, and Erik, the phantom of the Paris Opera. While Allen has great regard for all of the previous versions of this ageless romance, she chooses a different path for her story about the lives of Christine, Raoul, and Erik after the tragic fire that damages the Paris Opera House. Allen allows her characters to develop and mature as individuals in their own right outside of the Opera, where they lead productive lives filled with many accomplishments, friendships, loyalties, responsibilities to others, love...and, ultimately, satisfaction in the love that was never meant to be for Christine and Erik. Allen's rendition is not a "re-telling" but a new telling of this passionate love story that is sure to endear these characters to all true Phantom fans more than anyone could have thought possible.
December 2009 : USA Perfect Paperback