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The Judas Kiss
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Long story short (I hope). Pippa Ewell and her older sister are orphaned and leave their island home to come live with their parsimonious grandfather in England (grandma's pretty cool though). The grandfather wants to marry his nephew and heir to the oldest girl (I think her name was Francine, but the book is at home), but she has other ideas and runs off with a dashing nobleman, who is the heir-apparent of some tiny ...more
Francine and Pippa are sisters who are thick-as-thieves. They are happy and loved by their parents. When their parents die, they are sent to live with their rich grandfather who rules his house with an iron fist. They find comfort in their wise and kind grandmother.
When Francine turns seventeen, her grandfather tells her that she is to marry her cousin Arthur, a man whom Francine and Pippa despise. Francine marries her lover, Rudolph, and runs away with him to his country where he is next in li...more
And this is the one I've liked the best so far. The heroine's name is actually Philippa (Pippa, for short)and we begin her story on a small island in the Mediterranean somewhere off the coast of Italy. Her father is a sculptor, her mother his muse, and her sister Francine, her best friend. When their mother dies, followed ...more
The Judas Kiss is to this day truly a favourite of mine!
The book sweeps a tale of a young women Pippa who watches her sister run away with a handsome and wealthy man- she later learns that her sister has been m ...more
This house was far away from the road, and I’ve never seen it up close but my imagination was wild as a beast. I was around 12, 13 when I read Judas kiss, and I placed the plot around and inside that grand a ...more
In "The Judas Kiss," Philippa Ewell's older sister Francine is murdered at the Grand Duke's hunting lodge in Bavaria -- along with the Grand Duke. Philippa has letters proving that the two were married and had a child, but other members of the Bavarian royal family say otherwise.
Unexpected circumstances allow Philippa to investigate for herself, and she is drawn into the poli ...more
As a long time Holt reader, I thought I'd read everything; in truth, I've probably only read a dozen or so of her literally dozens of books under various names. (See wikipedia for more detail!) This was one I had missed, perhaps because the title turned me off--but oh so good.
The characters as always are well conceived, and ...more
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I read this with great interest, loving the characterisation and the drive the plot hard. I often read with the music of Kyle Dixon and Cliff Martinez playing in the background which added a sombre quality - taking the Mills and Boon-esque edge of my vision.
Out of all of these, The Judas Kiss has definitely been my favourite. I can't say whether it was that the characters seemed to be b ...more
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