Penmarric [NOOK Book]

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Among Mark Castallack’s sons are men who want him dead—and this hardly promotes family harmony

Mark Castallack may have the woman of his dreams, a large fortune, and Penmarric, a Victorian mock-castle on the cliffs of Cornwall, but his private life is heading for disaster. His marriage fails, and when he takes a mistress he winds up with two families who hate each other. As the twentieth century unfolds, his children are left struggling to ...
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Penmarric

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Overview

Among Mark Castallack’s sons are men who want him dead—and this hardly promotes family harmony

Mark Castallack may have the woman of his dreams, a large fortune, and Penmarric, a Victorian mock-castle on the cliffs of Cornwall, but his private life is heading for disaster. His marriage fails, and when he takes a mistress he winds up with two families who hate each other. As the twentieth century unfolds, his children are left struggling to save not only Penmarric but themselves, and their struggles are marked by greed, ambition, and murder. Howatch’s magnificent novel was her first international bestseller and is as compelling as Daphne du Maurier’s classic Rebecca. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Susan Howatch including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453263419
  • Publisher: Open Road Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/9/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 702
  • Sales rank: 98,813
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Susan Howatch (b. 1940) is a British novelist who has penned bestselling mysteries, family sagas, and other novels. Howatch was born in Surrey, England. She began writing as a teen and published her first book when she moved to the United States in 1964. Howatch found global success first with her five sagas and then with her novels about the Church of England in the twentieth century. She has now returned to live in Surrey. 

Susan Howatch (b. 1940) is a British novelist who has penned bestselling mysteries, family sagas, and other novels. Howatch was born in Surrey, England. She began writing as a teen and published her first book when she moved to the United States in 1964. Howatch found global success first with her five sagas and then with her novels about the Church of England in the twentieth century. She has now returned to live in Surrey. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2005

    Great story, couldn't put it down!

    I originally read this book many years ago. Came across it again in a box of stored books and read it again. Now I know why I couldn't part with it! This story will keep you up late - interesting characters, good plot, and every chapter ends with a new twist or a surprise. I think this is the best book by the author I've ever read and would highly recommend it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2012

    Not a good read as a nonfiction, an exceptional novel as a ficti

    Not a good read as a nonfiction, an exceptional novel as a fiction :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2009

    Don't waste your time

    A page-turner at best. Classic cheap novel featuring melodramatic plots, cheesy dialogue, poorly delineated characters and the requisite (gratuitous) scenes of sex and violence. In accordance with her belief that, "nothing in this world is black and white and you cannot divide people neatly into two categories" Ms. Howatch presents us with "realistic" characters who are intended to be sympathetic to the reader even when they do appalling things. So she gives us a melodramatic plot worthy of the latest episode of General Hospital and a cast of seedy characters with whom we are supposed to sympathize while they are engaged in adultery, bigamy, rape, various other forms of misogyny, child abuse, and murder. What the author in con-artistic fashion fails to acknowledge is that while human nature is intrinsically evil and the best of people are capable of doing evil things, there ARE qualitative differences in character among people. There ARE certain acts that only an evil person would be capable of, acts that define and label a person's character forever. A good writer has to start by acknowledging human evil and grappling with it, not dismissing it with half-truths and platitudes. There is a difference, too, between exposing human evil and glorifying it for the purposes of cheap sensation and a cheap buck. Don't waste your time on this novel.

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