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Bride of Pendorric

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 1999

    One of Holt's best works

    Victoria Holt's early works are her best, and this is one of them. I have been a fan of hers for a long time, and found Bride of Pendorric to be attention-grabbing from the very beginning. Keeps you awake to see what happens!! Characters/plot appear developed.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2011

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    Brings back memories!!

    I read this book as a teenager in high school! Can't wait to add it to my Nook library. Victoria Holt was one of my favorite authors. Very descriptive, takes you right on location.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2009

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    A Deceptive Curse!

    How much of fear is imagination or reality? That's the dilemma Favel Farrington faces in her new life in England. Having grown up poor but happy with her mother and father in an artist's colony on the island of Capri, Favel is overwhelmed when a mysterious visitor arrives and slowly begins to woo her heart. Roc Pendorric loves to gamble and certainly attracts many young women astonished by his good looks and suave manner. Favel wonders if she can find permanent happiness with such a philanderer; but little by little, her heart yields to Roc's love and persuasion.

    After the sudden, very sad death of her father, Favel agrees to wed Roc; and after a luxurious honeymoon in Europe, they go "home" to the Cornwall section of England. A magnificent, beautiful yet ghost-ridden castle is to be her new home. Being a practical, down-to-earth woman, Favel attempts to dismiss the tale delivered by the very strange twins, Hyson and Lowella, about the supposed curse of the Brides of Pendorric which promises death at a very young age. The previous Bride of Pendorric cannot rest until the next one dies. As Cornwall is a place abounding in tales and superstitions, Favel sets about dismissing such horrific thoughts and avidly seeks to learn as much about her new family and the grumpy next-door neighbor who has created a duplicate castle of Pendorric.

    The plot thickens as Favel realizes there is a looming threat when she comes close to disaster in a situation that is far too threatening and alarming to be more than mere coincidence. Her love for Roc is a mixture of passion and confusion as he attempts to calm her fears and distract her with intimate passion. Little by little, she is forced to face the reality behind the lore and on top of everthing else discovers that she is not quite the orphan she imagined herself to be.

    This very old classic mystery that was a notable bestseller back in the 1960's indeed stands the test of time and is just as thrilling, dark and tension-ridden as when this reviewer first read it almost fifty years ago. Its reissue in 2009 promises to introduce a whole new generation to one of the most exciting mysteries that the prolific author, Victoria Holt, wrote for many delighted and hooked readers! A welcome new edition will definitely please both old and new readers galore!

    Ms. Holt's legacy deservedly lives on in Bride of Pendorric!

    Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on August 22, 2009

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    Freaky.

    Awesome dude. This is a great example of what good good a million times good writing really is. Victoria Holt was an amazing writer with an eye, pardon my possibly incorrect grammer, for the mysterious and dark going on of late eighteen hundreds and early nineteen hundreds england. This book as well as all of her books gets two thumbs and eight fingers up from me. Read this book now. I gaurentee you'll love it as much as I do. If you don't then you just took a gamble at discovering magic. Win win situation.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    You have to read this one!

    This was the first of her books that i read and was hooked! I proceeded to read all of them throughout my teen years. This one has a great plot line that you'll want to read all at one sitting, even though its long. "You won't want to put it down!"

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2009

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    This is a reprint of a fun 1960s gothic romantic suspense

    On Capri, Favel Farrington lives with her widower father in his art studio. When Englishman Roc Pendorric visits her island, they meet and fall in love; they marry, but as they leave for his estate in Rockwell her father dies.

    In Cornwall, his family especially his sister greets her with love dubbing her the "Bride of Pendorric". However, Favel soon learns of the legend of the brides who are usually wealthy and always die young like Roc's mom, whose portrait haunts the newcomer. When accidents begin piling up, Favel wonders if her spouse really fell in love at first sight or has he brought to her home for a sinister purpose. One thing is for sure she believes someone wants her dead, but could it be her beloved, his sister, her daughters or something from beyond.

    This is a reprint of a fun 1960s gothic romantic suspense. The story line is typical of the late great Victoria Holt of a new bride in peril as she adapts to her new home. There are several suspects including the alleged ghosts, but all the possible culprits live and dead are family members by law. Although the plot feels at times too simplistic with a naïve heroine, sub-genre fans will enjoy this fine thriller filled with a sense of foreboding (a trademark of a Ms. Holt novel).


    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    Bride of Pendorric

    Victoria Holt is my favorite author! Please bring all her books to Nook! I buy everyone that I can find

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    Another Great Victoria Holt Book!

    I wish they would bring more of her books back into publish, because I have yet to read one I did not enjoy. In this story, it's not too heavy on the romance. It is there, but the focus is more the odd events and strange family history. It is a good read and will keep you guessing until the last chapter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    LOVE

    Victoria Holt is amazing, I fell in love with this book just as quickly as all her other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    I love this book. A true Gothic romance in the line of Daphne du

    I love this book. A true Gothic romance in the line of Daphne du Maurier's 'Rebecca'. I wish more modern-day authors knew how to write like this.

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