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There are few books as satisfying as a novel by Victoria Holt or
The main character, Drusilla Delany, is a pastor’s daughter. She possesses a great deal of common sense and pragmatism. The wealthy Framling family lives on a nearby estate. Drusilla becomes playmate to the Framling children, Fabian and Lavinia. An old aunt lives a secluded life in an upper bedroom in the stately manor. During child’s play, Drusilla finds herself with a beautiful, peacock-feathered India fan that belongs to the aunt. It is then that she learns of the fan’s deadly curse.
As the years go by, Drusilla finds herself drawn deeply into the lives of the Framling siblings, especially Lavinia who is self-serving, self-indulgent, with a tendance to seek pleasure from her wealth and beauty. Lavinia’s actions and choices strongly affect the ever-sensible Drusilla, drawing her nearer to Fabian, both as friend and nemesis. The storyline twists and turns into several different subplots.
Victoria Holt writes with such vivid detail and clarity, that the book plays more like a movie than the written word. Her elegant prose evokes emotion with every turn of the page. The storyline is incredibly full and touches on themes such as social class, love, forgiveness, duty, poverty, and loss as it sweeps the reader from the elegance of England into the exotic wilds of India. If you’ve never read a Victoria Holt novel before, then you must start with this one. It’s unputdownable.
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4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
Yes, the book discusses colonial India, but the author doesn't...
Yes, the book discusses colonial India, but the author doesn't approach the subject of rebellion and colonization in a respectful way. Most people won't care or notice, but, if you're sensitive to race issues and/or a feminist, don't waste your money. Otherwise, you won't care.
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Posted March 22, 2013
THE INDIA FAN by Victoria Holt is an interesting historical fict
THE INDIA FAN by Victoria Holt is an interesting historical fiction set in set against a backdrop of England and France. What is the real meaning of the peacock feathers fan,could it really be cursed, Drusilla Delany will soon find out. For hidden deep within the Framling Mansion is a dark secret. Then you have the dominating,brooding Fabian Framling who is either friend or foe. "The India fan" is an epic Gothic romance filled with danger,sensual tension,betrayal,secrets,a curse or two, deception,blackmail and of course romance. Ms Holt is an excellent storytelling who draws the reader into the story. With her compelling,intriguing plot and her engaging,challenging characters you can't go wrong in reading one of her stories. What a read! If you enjoy romance, curses,dark secrets,and a Gothic tale of epic proportions than I would recommend "The India Fan". Received for an honest review from the publisher.
HEAT RATING: MILD
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews
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Posted August 20, 2014
Of all the Victoria Holt books, I have read the following four m
Of all the Victoria Holt books, I have read the following four many times since I read them with my mom and four sisters as a teen: Pride of the Peacock, Shivering Sands, Mistress of Mellyn, and The India Fan. Her earliest books were her best. Later, I loved The India Fan. However I found the last of her books to be too morose. you will love these books! r boWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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