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Anna Percival and the popular Victoria Holt. In , she created her last pseudonym Philippa Carr. Some of her novels were reedited as different pseudonyms. By the time of her death, the novels of Jean Plaidy had sold more than 14 million copies worldwide. Her last novel The Black Opal as Victoria Holt was published posthumously, under this pseudonym, she sold 56 millon copies and as Phillipa Carr, 3 million. Last edited by Charles Horn.
July 29, History.
Some of her novels were reedited as different pseudonyms She died on January 18, at sea, somewhere between Greece and Port Said, Egypt. Location England, U.
Victoria Holt Close. Add to List. Are you sure you want to remove Victoria Holt from your list? Q Wikipedia. History Created October 16, 16 revisions Download catalog record: July 29, Edited by Charles Horn. Status, wealth and family in the end. I don't think the "Alfred Hitchcock" statement on the cover is to be taken too seriously.
What sad about it is that death and murder are all too horrid but all too easy going. Happy endings eliminate all. The characters are, of course, flat, and the main motive of the s An entertaining story. The characters are, of course, flat, and the main motive of the story is to change how the reader feels about them all.
In that sense, it is successful. Victoria Holt is always readable even though her plots are often transparent and predictable. I turn to her books when I'm in need of a relaxing, unchallenging book which I can pick up and put down without a thought. Nov 19, Debbie rated it liked it. I am sure that I read this back in high school when I was going through a Victoria Holt phase but I didn't remember it at all. It was good though. Typical Victoria Holt, gothic romance.
The main character was likeable and the plot intriguing. Overall a good read. Jul 16, AJ rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys a good story. She [the heroine, Catherine Corder] has to be one of the thickest people in noveldom.
What are you doing? Go down! By the time I finished, I was satisfied.
The story was very good. Full of mystery, drama, and suspense. As gothic romances go, this has it all, including castles, crumbling abbeys, and mysterious ghost-like monks.
Catherine returns home to England, 18, from her French boarding school. Enter Gabriel, who rides in on his horse literally and helps Catherine save an abused dog from a mean gypsy. Because of this meeting, they become friends, and, eventually, Gabriel asks her to marry him. There only a week, I believe, Gabriel dies, and their dog, Friday, goes missing.
Catherine, not at home among his very odd family, decides it would be better to return to the erratic home she knows best.
This would be a great read on a rainy day or lazy weekend. Apr 06, Wendy S. Delmater rated it really liked it. Young Catherine came home from school in France--a school paid for by her sea captain uncle--to a somber home with a distraught, moody, emotionally unavailable widowed father and acerbic, unsympathetic servants.
She longs to have back the gay life she'd had in school and had convinced herself that things were better at home. Things were, instead, intolerable. As her only escape she went out for horseback rides on the moors. I get the impression that Victoria Holt likes moorlands, or at least roma Young Catherine came home from school in France--a school paid for by her sea captain uncle--to a somber home with a distraught, moody, emotionally unavailable widowed father and acerbic, unsympathetic servants.
I get the impression that Victoria Holt likes moorlands, or at least romanticizes the moors, peaty-smelling bogs, and wide open grassy places with large boulders just a bit. This was overdone, in my opinion. But I digress. Catherine meets Gabriel while they are rescuing a dog, and their friendship turns into a whirlwind romance.
There are LOTS of clues she's getting herself into something over her head, but like many young people she marries not so much for love as for escape. Gabriel, like the dog, seems to need love and rescue. But from what?
A gothic romance setting needs an old house with a perhaps sketchy past, and Gabriel's home, Kirkland Revels certainly is that. The mansion was built in the s from s stone taken from an abbey and the ruins of the abbey near the grounds add further mystery to the setting. Both Kirkland Revels and the abbey are dangerous: And they're surrounded by moors, of course.
Her new husband dies by what is decided to be suicide but she is not convinced. Someone wants the house it IS a gothic romance, after all and is getting rid of the heirs. Who, how and why this person was doing the murders was the best part of this book. And leaking clues via an elderly woman with dementia making stories in tapestries was downright brilliant. I adored Victoria Holt as a teen, but haven't read any of her work in nearly 30 years.
I don't recall a particular favorite i was a voracious reader, but not particularly discriminating , but I picked this up for a quarter and decided to give it a go. The writing isn't bad, but quite a lot of redundancy in description and dialogue no worries if you missed something the first time around, it will be repeated!
And oh, the sweet but lonely and misunderstood heroine! The timeline laid out here I adored Victoria Holt as a teen, but haven't read any of her work in nearly 30 years.
The timeline laid out here or Catherine and Gabriel is hard to swallow, but I don't recall most of her books having such a whirlwind "romance.
I can't say I now have a burning desire to re-read all of Holt's work or Jean Plaidy or Philippa Carr but I probably will read one or two more. Like many others readers, I also read this book at a much, much younger age. I read it in German and as a teen found it fascinating and enchanting.
Of course the romantic conclusion is inevitable, the whirlwind marriage Ill advised, and the antagonists are all but wearing name tags. What I liked most is that this story walks the perfect line between suspense and creepy. Some reviewers sa Like many others readers, I also read this book at a much, much younger age. Some reviewers say that they have re-read it as an adult, while prefer to keep it as a happy memory.
I may just give it another go around in the original English language Dieses Buch lag hier im Hotel herum. Ich habe es dann auch gelesen, aber es war jetzt nicht umwerfend. Von der Geschichte her auch nichts neues, obwohl ich ihr zugestehen mus Dieses Buch lag hier im Hotel herum. Von der Geschichte her auch nichts neues, obwohl ich ihr zugestehen muss, dass ich schon im Dunkeln tappte, wer ES war.. Jan 05, Susan rated it liked it. It's been a long time since I read Victoria Holt, but I know it's because of her books that I fell in love with the gothic.
This is a great story with all the gothic elements: I liked it but I guess I'm more used to current historical romances. I love Regencies and wrote one that will be published in , and I have to admit that the steamier ones are more my preference. Holt's heroines can be a bit too passive for me though th It's been a long time since I read Victoria Holt, but I know it's because of her books that I fell in love with the gothic.
Holt's heroines can be a bit too passive for me though the one in Kirkland Revels is no shrinking violet , but I prefer a heroine with a bit more willfulness. Rather superficial and rushed, lacking originality, but not bad, I suppose, for someone who hasn't read any other novels by Victoria Holt before. Since I have, I'm slightly bored. Too similar.
Gothic goodness, even if a bit predictable. Satisfying ending. I haven't read this since I was a tween, and I had forgotten how good it actually is. On par with Rebecca, its understated suspense kept me turning pages when I should've been doing chores ; -.
This was my introduction to Romance writing--way back in about I loved it. Few of the other romance books I have read have lived up to the quality of this Gothic romance. Always enjoy reading Victoria Holt and she did not disappoint. For those that enjoy romantic mysteries, I think you would enjoy this story.
Jan 16, Cristi DiGenova rated it really liked it.
Oct 02, Bethan rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
This was a sweet book, I thought it started a little sloppy with all the references to what was going to happen a few chapters in, but it picked up pace.
But the amount of alcohol she consumed while pregnant, wow, different times. Also the dog, poor Friday. This is one of Holt's better stories.
I still love the pictures she creates with words. This story had a few twists that threw me off a bit, which I haven't experienced in any of the more recent reads of Holt's. Catherine Corder is a naive yet strong woman who hastily marries the mysterious Gabriel. She is received rather cooly by her in-laws, expecially Ruth, Gabriel's sister. This behavior is alleged to be due to the fact that Catherine and Gabriel married after knowing each other for so littl This is one of Holt's better stories.
This behavior is alleged to be due to the fact that Catherine and Gabriel married after knowing each other for so little time. So many strange and frightening events occur to Catherine until and her sanity is put into question, especially since she is now pregnant and risks losing her baby. With the help of Gabriel's cousin Simon Redvers, Catherine is able to untangle the secrets and lies. Mar 28, Jan rated it liked it. England, Yorkshire Moors, Gothic Mystery.
After 4 years of French Boarding school Catherine returns to her home to her fathers house. Her father does not meet her with the carriage, nor does her beloved Uncle Dick, she is disappointed. She does not have any idea what to do with her life, and meets a young man while out riding on the moors, a whirlwind romance happens, and she is whiskey away to Kirkland Revels, which is a sinister house with secrets.
Within days her husband has committed suicide, so everyone says, she does not believe it is true, and her dog has also gone missing. Some one is trying to kill Catherine, she is carrying the heir, and now she and her unborn baby are both in danger. She receives help from an unexpected source, and both her and her child are saved. Oct 04, Saadia Y rated it liked it. This would have been a lot better if it wasn't so predictable.
It's not very exciting reading a mystery when you've sused the culprit but the heroine is so oblivious to the obvious.
This also makes people's actions all the more annoying. Maybe it's time I moved on from Victoria Holt. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Victoria Holt.
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