Bride of Pendorric
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Bride of Pendorric

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  2,218 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Favel Farrington meets Roc Pendorric on the idyllic Mediterranean island of Capri, where she was raised and lives with her father. Roc sweeps her off her feet, taking her from her home by an emerald sea to the ancient family home of the Pendorrics, in Cornwall. His sister and her family await them with open arms, welcoming young Favel. She is the much anticipated Bride of...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published June 9th 2009 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1963)
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Valory
This was the first gothic romance novel I ever read -- in 7th or 8th grade -- and I'm giving it a "5" because I loved it so much at that time! It was a transitional book for me, an adult romance/mystery after having read all the Nancy Drew series and Scholastic book selections for young readers, etc. If I were to read it again now, I might not feel the same way; so I probably won't! Why meddle with a good memory? All the books we read add something to our minds, and surely lead us on to other bo...more
Misfit
Eking out a living with her widowed father in his art studio on the island of Capri, Favel is swept off her feet by visitor Roc Pendorric and they are married, although her happiness is marred by the sudden death of her father. Upon arrival at Roc's Cornwall estate, Favel learns of the legend of the Brides of Pendorric - married into the family for their money and die mysterious deaths at a young age and then destined to haunt the halls until another bride dies and takes her place. Not surprisin...more
Michelle
I first read this in Jr. High because I wanted to, not because I had to. I picked it up again just to see if I still liked Holt's writing.

Yes. I did. Mostly, as an adult, I liked it because intimacy behind closed doors and in spite of what the cover hints at, it focused on the characters in the story, not their hormones (Hooray!). In fact, the husband is gone much of the time on business and I got the feeling he was 'in the way' of what Holt wanted to do with Favel.

This time through I picked up...more
Soph
I loved it. It was amusing, but also it was suspenseful. There were a few heartwarming moments, like with the old Lord Polhorgan (is that it?). Ok, here's the summary:

Favel marries Roc Pendorric, and goes to live with him and his sister, Morwenna and nieces, Hyson and Lyson. There is a legend surrounding the place that the last Bride (Roc's mother, Barbarina) haunts the quadrangle and will kill the next bride so she can rest in peace at last. After a while, she makes a few friends like Lord Polh...more
Kim
"Bride of Pendorric" is a novel by Victoria Holt written in 1963. Victoria Holt was a pen name for Eleanor Hibbert. Hibbert was an English author who wrote under various pen names. Her best-known pseudonyms were Jean Plaidy, Victoria Holt, and Philippa Carr; she also wrote under the names Eleanor Burford, Elbur Ford, Kathleen Kellow, Anna Percival, and Ellalice Tate. Until I picked up this book, I had heard of none of these people, however, she has sold over 100 million books under these differe...more
Haley
I liked this. I loved the main character but wasn't too sure about anyone else until the end. The mystery was good (although I figured it out before the reveal). This novel kind of keeps you thinking the whole time.
4cats
Favel Farrington is struggling to make a living on the Isle of Capri with her artist father when her life changes drastically when she is swept off her feet by Roc Pendorric. She finds herself quickly married and living at the family's manor house in Cornwall.Favel loves her husband and her new life, but doubts start creeping in when she hears the legend of the 'Brides of Pendorric', who lives are cut short in tragic mysterious circumstances.Victoria Holt, otherwise known as Jean Plaidy (amongst...more
Marcia McClure
I am soooooooooooo glad Victoria Holt is coming back into print! You KNOW how I love her books! This one is great...slathered with brooding suspense! I LOVE it!
Kaye Dewar
Lots of twists and turns amystery till the end.
Dani
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Angie
I love Victoria Holt books! If you read them all back to back they will get a little too similar but separated they are a great escape! This is surprisingly one I hadn't read before. I found an old copy at a used bookstore, and saved it for October after reading the description (as it sounded like a bit of a spooky mystery). This is what I would classify as romantic suspense.

The cover makes this out to be a "bodice ripper" or "steamy" romance but that is not the case at all. There are NO scenes...more
Caitlin
Victoria Holt was an incredibly prolific writer, writing under several pseudonyms - most prominently Victoria Holt, Jean Plaidy, and Philippa Carr. Victoria Holt was her pseudonym for writing Gothic romance and these books are wonderful and old-fashioned and fun to read. I remember staying up all night at my Mississippi grandmother's house when I was in high school reading The Legend of the Seventh Virgin and loving every minute of it. I've also read The Mistress of Mellyn although I thought it...more
Stein
==A plot lacking credibility==

Having completed the book, I thought two things had lacked credibility. Having grown up with her English parents in a foreign setting, Favel--an only child--knows nothing of their past--where they were born, their heritage, how they met. Her reasoning is that she believes that her parents just didn't think it was necessary or of interest to tell her anything. No child would let their parents get away with such subterfuge. It is very bad for the plot's credibility to...more
Lisa
I was of older gradeschool age, and after exhausting all the Nancy Drew's my mother's younger sister passed down to me, I went to my parents meager book shelf. I read Exodus, by Leon Uris. The boldface on the book jacket demanding to be read like a hollywood movie demanding to be seen. I had no idea that it already was a movie. From that book forward I was hungry for literature. I tried other books on this parental shelf: this Steinbeck (Winter of our Discontent)--I liked but could not say why;...more
Kirsten
Victoria Holt is much more than a simple romance author. Many may also know her by some of her other pen names, Jean Plaidy and Phillipa Carr. I loved the Daughters of English series and fully intend to read it again in the right order. However, if you are less into history and more into suspense the Victoria Holt pseudonym is a good choice. She wrote this book in the 60's and I read a very old paperback version that was falling apart, but it was well-worth the falling pages. ;-) The romance at...more
Athalia's
Después de leer muchas novelas de Victoria Holt durante mi adolescencia, al encontrar este libro perdido en el armario de mi madre no pude resistirme y lo cogí. Mal día en que lo hice. O yo era muy impresionable de niña, o esta novela no es para nada lo que estaba esperando. El romance brilla por su ausencia, y el misterio detectivesco está a la orden del día. Si buscas romanticismo no es tu novela.
Judith
"Bride of Pendorric" definitely has similarities to DuMaurier's "Rebecca," but it has elements all its own. I enjoyed the twisting plot and the book's FABULOUS climax...you'll never guess it! It is truly reminiscent of the Gothic novel. The characters are actually quite complex in this story, something that I don't often see in romance novels. If you liked DuMaurier's "Rebecca" or any other Victoria Holt novel, there is a good chance that you will like this book. I couldn't put it down once I be...more
Amy
Oh, the nostalgia! Found this one at a bookstore yesterday and reread it after more than 40 years. After my mom died when I was a teen I inherited all her romantic suspense paperbacks. Loved the books by this author, Mary Stewart, and Phyllis Whitney. Enjoyed getting reacquainted with this this fast-paced, well-plotted trip down memory lane. The Cornish setting was intriguing and I still remembered some of the exact wording of description and dialogue. As an adult I was a little disturbed by the...more
Tressa (Tressa's Wishful Endings)
Enoyed this romantic suspence, even though I thought there were unrealistic moments when the fearful feelings of Favel were overplayed. Favel, and only child, falls in love with Roc, a stranger visiting her island and becomes engaged. Shortly after her father dies, but she continues on with her marriage as Roc is her only friend and family left and goes to live in his mansion of a home with his family. There is a mystery surrounding the family that she is curious to find answers to. Soon she fin...more
Katie Watkins
I really enjoyed this romantic suspense. I read it many years ago and remembered nothing about it, which is always fun.

Favel is living on Capri with her artist father when a handsome man enters the shop--Roc Pendorric. After a whirlwind romance, they marry and set off for England, where many mysteries await.

I love the style of Ms. Holt. Favel is so young, yet she does what she can to really learn about the history and people (current and past) of the estate. She does jump to conclusions a bit, b...more
Sophie
I used to devour Victoria Holt's gothic romances back in the day, but I didn't remember that she wrote any contemporary gothic novels until I picked up a copy of Bride of Pendorric to reread. Maybe I don't remember it because it's really not all that good. The scenario was a bit labored and the mystery was pretty easy to figure out. There was one unexpected twist at the end, but overall, I thought the heroine was a bit thick not to figure out at least the gist of what was going on. The Cornish s...more
Patty A.
Another favorite Victoria Holt tale -- loved it!
Mary Alice
I took up this book because I thought it might be one that I read as a teenager as a Readers Digest condensed book, and that I've always remembered. This wasn't it, but it was somewhat similar . I knew it was a romance novel when I picked it up and I'm not rating it low because of that. But it was a bit too long and drawn out, and it might have benefited from being condensed by Readers Digest. Also, I pretty much guessed the plot turns. On the other hand, it was an easy diverting read, and it wa...more
Angela
Great gothic romance - although more of a mystery than a romance. It kept me guessing till near the end when the pieces came together in my head, but even then I thought it was pretty cool. Read it in one sitting - I was really anxious to get to the end & it didn't disappoint. There were a few discrepancies, but nothing I couldn't glance over or ignore. I'll have to try a few more of her books. It looks like a lot of women read her books as teenagers... maybe I did too; I just don't remember...more
Karen
This Victoria Holt book kept me guessing right up to the end (although I'm not very wise when it comes to mysteries). I did have to continually think while reading to keep everyone straight as to who was married to whom, what generation of Pendorric's so-and-so what a part of, etc. Quite a few characters was confusing, but it kept me guessing -- anyone of them was under suspicion as to who wanted to see the Bride of Pendorric dead. A good read!!
Shaumbra
I read this book when I was 15, introduced to me by my mom. She had read them throughout her teen years and thought I'd enjoy them. I was quickly impressed with the way Holt used history, mystery and romance to produce such wonderful stories. When I found out her pseuodnyms I had to check into those as well. (Jean Plaidy/Phillippa Carr). Her actual name is Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert for those of you who are interested.
Erin
Jun 20, 2009 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Erin by: my friend Dabbie
This was recommended as a good, scary Halloween book. No, it was not scary, but very good. Typical mystery/romance book complete with a female heroine, mystery to solve, usually a death and could it be murder?, type of book. I love the twists, and unexpected events. Although, I did guess who's who. But, I won't tell. Reminds me of Phyllis A. Whitney books. Which I loved reading in my late teen's.
Vivienne
Another classic historical romance. Not sure if I read this when I was younger. I probably did because I used to devour Victoria Holt's novels along with the suspense/romances of Mary Stewart.

It is very much written to a standard formula but there was something quite pleasurable in that and the nostalgia it stirred for my teens.

The novel worked well in the audiobook format.



Marianna
Another wonderful book. I couldn't put it down. Great suspense and Victoria Holt is just awesome at holding back just the right amount of details to keep the reader hanging on until the last few pages. Although I had my suspicions about who may be the good and the bad, all was revealed only at the very end. Nice book. I can't wait to start the next.
Denise
It's been awhile since I've read a Victoria Holt book, but I guess I was in a gothic mood. This is the standard formula: girl in peril, heroes who might be villains, an ancient, huge mansion on the lonely moors of Cornwall. A few nice twists, although I guessed them before they happened. Good for rainy-day reading.
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Eleanor Alice Burford, Mrs. George Percival Hibbert was a British author of about 200 historical novels, most of them under the pen name Jean Plaidy which had sold 14 million copies by the time of her death. She chose to use various names because of the differences in subjec...more
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