Lord of the Far Island

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The past is never far behind.…

Ellen Kellaway, orphaned at age five, was raised by wealthy cousins, but was never allowed to forget that her every advantage was owed to the charity of others. However, when the son of a powerful London family asks for her hand in marriage, her world is opened up to untold wealth and social position. She never imagined that such an unlikely dream would come true.

Despite these wonderful new developments in her ...

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Overview

The past is never far behind.…

Ellen Kellaway, orphaned at age five, was raised by wealthy cousins, but was never allowed to forget that her every advantage was owed to the charity of others. However, when the son of a powerful London family asks for her hand in marriage, her world is opened up to untold wealth and social position. She never imagined that such an unlikely dream would come true.

Despite these wonderful new developments in her life, Ellen continues to be wracked b the bad dreams that have haunted her since childhood. What is the meaning of the lifelong nightmare—the image of an unfamiliar room, a door opening and behind it a dreadful presence? Perhaps it is a message urging her to uncover the secrets of her long-lost family—the secrets of the ancient home of the Kellaways on the Far Island, off the wild coast of Cornwall.

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Raised by resentful relatives, orphaned Ellen Kellaway is thrilled when a distant kinsman invites her to the family estate in Cornwall, little realizing that deception and danger—as well as love—await her. This classic by the writer who sparked the Gothic craze with the publication of Mistress of Mellyn (1960) should be in most collections. Victoria Holt (d. 1993) is a pseudonym for Eleanor Buford Hibbert; she wrote historical fiction as Jean Plaidy and Philippa Carr.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312384173
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/24/2009
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 364,338
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert (1906–1993), better known to readers as Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr, and Jean Plaidy, was one of the world’s most beloved and enduring authors. Her career spanned five decades, and she was heralded as the “Queen of Romantic Suspense.” She continued to write historical fiction under the name of Jean Plaidy and romantic suspense as Victoria Holt until the time of her death.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Good read, but not one of Victoria Holt's best books

    As always, I enjoy Victoria Holt. I read all her books years ago, but just recently decided to reread some of them. I read "Serpent's Snare", and it was excellent. This book is good also, but seemed to drag on somewhat in places. I did enjoy it, though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    A Great Romantic Novel

    I have always enjoyed reading books by Victoria Holt. I wish more of her books were in print. Her romance is one of mystery and adventure, read Ms.Holt's books.

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  • Posted June 14, 2010

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    One of my favorites

    Victoria Holt is one of my favorite authors. She created the magic once again with this one!

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  • Posted October 18, 2009

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    Fans will enjoy Victoria Holt's fine tale that holds up nicely over the decades

    When she was five years old her mother died so Ellen Kellaway moved in with her wealthy adult third cousins William and Agatha Loring and their daughter Esmeralda. Cousin Agatha never conceals for one moment she resents the poor relative living with her and cannot wait to toss Ellen out of the house. That moment occurs when Ellen turns eighteen as Agatha informs her charity ends now. She is directed to accept a position as governess to Cousin Agatha's friend, the Honorable Mrs. Oman Lemming, which is as unappealing as remaining in the current household where she is unwanted. Her handsome childhood friend Phillip Carrington proposes and Ellen accept. A tragedy prevents their nuptials as apparently he commits suicide though Ellen cannot believe he was so filled with despair as to shoot himself.

    Adapting once gain to her dismal fate, Ellen receives a letter from Jago Kellaway, who claims to be her guardian and the Lord of The Far Island, inviting her to meet her family at their ancestral home. Without a look back, Ellen travels to Kellaways Island, off Cornwall. Jago and Ellen are attracted to one another, but she believes he is concealing something sinister. She begins to fall in love with him as she begins to uncover his dark secrets that he hides from her.

    This reprint of a 1975 gothic romance remains an exciting tale with a final spin that will stun the audience although a coda denouement helps explain what happened. The story line is in two parts: London and the Far Island with the first hundred pages setting up the remaining two hundred plus pages. The action is a bit slow until Ellen goes to Far Island when the story line switches gears. Fans will enjoy Victoria Holt's fine tale that holds up nicely three and a half decades after it was first released.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2006

    My favorite book!

    I love this book. It's one you can't put down. It has suspense, mystery, and also love.

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