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What makes a man a monster?

For too long Jacob has lived in isolation. Forsaken by God and cursed by a Shadow, he is doomed to a eternity of solitude with only the demons of his past for company. For nearly two hundred years, he has longed for that which he knows he can never have: forgiveness, love, and redemption.

A chance encounter could hold the key...

When Jacob me
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Kindle Edition, 291 pages
Published July 18th 2016
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Dianne
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
He has been isolated and damned for nearly two hundred long and lonely years. Within him lay a monster, a killer and it all started with love, jealousy and a shadowed curse. Then there she was, an innocent, alone, afraid and as isolated as he in the dark woods of the night. There is something special about Lynn and for the first time in centuries, Jacob is determined to fight his evil side, the side that craves blood and death. Brought together, as only Fate can do, this mere woman and this torm ...more
Nikki Landis
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have to say I had no idea what to think of this book at first. I was intrigued but also I did not like Jacob's character at the onset of the story. I'm glad I stuck with it. The story slowly developed into a tale of love, passion, betrayal, forgiveness, and redemption. It's a wonderful novel and quite different than other vampire stories I've read.

This was a long read but kept you engaged and by half way through the book I was quite invested in the characters. There were moments that I dislike
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S.K. Wee
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well Crafted Paranormal
At the beginning, Jacob is portrayed as a blood thirsty demon but we soon see there is much more to him. Jacob is a tortured monster who gave up his soul to save his wife’s life. When he believed she died anyhow he goes on a killing rampage across continents. When he comes upon a campsite the hunger drives him to kill them all until he meets Lynn. She is unafraid and though she doesn’t yet know what has happened to her friends she welcomes Jacob with open arms. Her healing
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Davyne DeSye
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a well done, fast-paced and exciting paranormal romance!

I picked this book up because I’ve read Jessica JesinghausMirror, Mirror (twice!) and was not disappointed… Ms. Jesinghaus is a consummate story teller.

The story begins with Jacob – a tortured soul. He has been alive and living as a disconnected-from-society vampire for two centuries… I admit, at the beginning I did not feel any empathy for him at all. Enter Lynn – a lovely, trusting young woman who shows Jacob the first bit of ac
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K.J. Simmill
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From the Shadow is a paranormal romance by Jessica Jesinghaus. In desperation Jacob made a deal with darkness. His wife Johanna had been afflicted by a strange illness. It ate away at her, and whilst he knew it was somehow Liam's doing he was powerless to prevent its course, the dark magic had already gone too deep. He begged God for aid, and when his pleas remained unanswered he pledged himself to the shadow. He thought it would save her, but darkness is weaved with lies, and all was lost. Jaco ...more
Brenda  Ashworth Barry
I have to say that Jessica Jesinghaus writing hooked me in right away. From the first moment I met Jacob I felt sorry for him. Even with the things he did. Being a monster and all alone, made me sad. Lynn seemed a little lost and sad herself, so when they met, you couldn’t help but root for them as a team. And without giving too much away, I loved how the story evolved. How they fought against evil and set on their journey to find their home. Watching Jacob grow, into a loving man was wonderful ...more
Jessica Jesinghaus
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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**Reviewed By Ankita Shukla for Readers’ Favorite** 5 Star Review Excerpt

“The author's writing is extremely spellbinding... The story developed beautifully from serious to light to serious again... All the characters are thoughtfully written. I was able to make a connection with each one of them... which kept me glued to my seat until reaching the last line of the last chapter. The emotions of the characters were conveyed beautifully to me and that enhanced the overall experience. If one reads c
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Ann Pratley
Having read so many shorter books in recent times, I have to say that this is one very substantial read, and a very addictive one at that. The storyline is intriguing indeed - I do not remember having read a story before of this recipe of events. The beginning drew me in right away, with focus on one aspect of the main character, Jacob, and when the second main character comes into the story, things do indeed take a turn. Without saying too much about what happens, I can say that this was a real ...more
M.J. Finley
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book as an ARO from the author, and honestly, I didn’t know what to expect when I got it. The blurb was intriguing, yet, it could have led into any path. It was therefore a gratifying surprise when I got to read it.

Jessica makes a refreshing approach on vampires, removing much of the clunk hanging over this type of character, and introduces the reader to a new world. Her well drawn sets and competent narrative only add to an enjoyable experience.

I did, however, find Jacob’s chara
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Natasha Bennett
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
MINOR SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW.

From the Shadow is a unique book in that a great deal happens in it, especially within the first few chapters. Jacob is a monster who tears into Lynn's friends (literally!) who are in the woods camping. Shortly after this Lynn is turned into a similar monster herself. This by itself could be enough plot material to fill a significant portion of the book-how Lynn deals with this new transformation, how she deals with what Jacob has done to her friends, etc. It's a ve
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Lydia Larue
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I normally review shorter books, but From the Shadows was a longer novel that I enjoyed reading, as well as reviewing.

From the Shadows has twelve chapters, and each of these chapters is referred to as Books, as such, I will refer to the sections the way that the author prefers: books. I love this idea.

Book 1 started off well. It managed to reign me in and hold my attention. From the beginning, I wanted to know more about the ancient evil and why it was what it was. I also felt pity for this cha
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James Sillwood
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jacob is a monster, trapped for eternity in a nightmare world. He meets Lynn who is camping with a group of friends and he is instantly drawn to her. Together they travel to Jacob's homeland, seeking answers to his past.
This book really took off for me when Jacob and Lynn begin their travels. From this point the story is gripping with plenty of action and suspense and I found it difficult to put the book down.
I would have liked to have known more about Lynn. Does she have any family or other f
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Challa Fletcher
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Tormented by a pack centuries old, Jacob lives off the fear-laden blood of the people. When he finds himself among a group of American campers his bloodlust is quenched and his heart is awake. Now on a new path with his eternal companion, Lynn, Jacob gets the opportunity to right some wrongs and get another chance at life.

From the Shadow by Jessica Jesinghaus is a mythical romance novel combining forgiveness, love, and revenge.

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If you like stories that span different settings you may
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Sandy Frediani
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting tale of good vs. evil and the unintended/unintentional consequences of one's actions. I'm curious to know the source(s) of the Gaelic words as a couple seem to be Irish Gaelic (Gaeilge) rather than Scots Gaelic (Gaidhlig), since the tale takes place partly in Scotland. ...more
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Born and raised in Southern Oregon, Jessica has been writing since she was ten years old. She attended Willamette University with the intention of going to law school and becoming a criminal prosecutor. But, as is the way with life, plans changed. Since 2002 she has worked in the medical field and absolutely loves the challenges and positive impact she can have on the lives of others. She loves th ...more

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