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Tregaron's Daughter

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,303 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
Excitement, drama and suspense were only part of Cadi Tregaron's new life. It had been a sunny afternoon when she glanced from the cliff where she sat reading and saw below her in the sea a sight that would change her life.

Set in England and Italy in 1910, this is the story of a young English girl who by accident starts to unravel the unknown elements of her grandmother's
Paperback, 288 pages
Published 1979 by Fontana Books (first published 1971)
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Carolyn Hill
Dec 04, 2013 Carolyn Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Madeleine Brent was one of my favorite authors in the 70's and 80's and Merlin's Keep is an all-time fave I've re-read several times. So I was excited when I stumbled upon a romantic suspense of hers not in our local library that I hadn't read. This was actually the first by Madeleine Brent, a pseudonym for Peter O'Donnell, a British writer most known for his serialized adventure strip and novels about Modesty Blaise. I knew nothing about this when I first read the Madeleine Brent books, and I s ...more
Jul 31, 2011 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads, gothics
As I wasn't able to get a copy of this via my library or Paperbackswap .com, I resorted to reading the Reader's Digest condensed version. I expect that my 3 star rating is a reflection of this, as the story wasn't as fluid or compelling as it probably would be in the unabridged version.

Nonetheless, writer Madeleine Brent penned a nicely atmospheric story of a Cornish fisherman's daughter who finds danger and romance in the fabled city of Venice, Italy.

I will certainly be on the lookout for more
Diane Lynn
First book I have read by this author. The author's real name is Peter O'Donnell. It is hard for me to believe this was written by a man.

Cadi Tregaron, a fisherman's daughter, moves from Cornwall to Kent due to circumstances that I don't want to give away. She is a smart, independent, talented sort, no surprise there. Cadi has had a recurring dream all her life, actually two dreams, a good version and a bad version. She is surprised to find out that she has an inheritance, a very large inheritan
Bree (AnotherLookBook)
A historical novel about a woman who lives a quiet life in Cornwall with her fisherman father, until a series of strangers and events lead her to Venice and a possible inheritance. 1971.

Full review at Another look book

Another winner from Madeleine Brent. I didn't love it quite as much as I ADORED Golden Urchin, but it was still very much worth reading. Once again, Brent has also written a female protagonist who is so strong and capable, without falling back on that haughty, arrogant personality
Feb 04, 2015 Romina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: gothic and mystery lovers
Contrary to what usually happens after reading a book after many years, this one certainly didn't disappoint, quite the opposite, actually, it has definitely stood the test of time.

'Tregaron's Daughter' is an excellently written story about fisherman's daughter who's life abruptly changes after her father passed away in an accident. She is taken into a new world where she finds happiness until the discovery of her real identity puts her life in danger and has her surrounded by people who aren't
Oct 31, 2010 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have really enjoyed these Madeleine Brent/Peter ODonnell books. The writer did a lot of research on the locations and cultures. They are pretty formulaic, but that is kind of what makes them good. They are all adventure stories with a little romance thrown in. They are great light, escape yarns for an afternoon read. They are kind of hard to find because they were originally published in the 70s. Despite some of the lust-in-the-dust covers they are extremely clean and even appropriate for youn ...more
Aug 06, 2012 LeiAnn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Cadi Tregaron grew up a fisherman's daughter in Cornwall. Educated by a tutor and her Italian grandmother, Cadi is far from ordinary and knows she's meant for greater things. When tragedy strikes in her life, Cadi must find a new home. In the process, she learns dangerous secrets about her family's history.

Cadi is such a great heroine. She's honest with herself, courageous, but not too perfect. I love how true to the time period she is. She fits perfectly into that era following Victoria's rule;
Jun 30, 2011 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable, and surfacely compelling though basically predictable, which makes it less suspensful. An easy, fun read for a long summer day. I was a bit annoyed by how often the author foreshadows what is going to happen and constantly tries to manipulate your emotions instead of just letting the story unfold on it's own, but this was a first book and they do get better. Though more sinister in it's themes than "Moonraker's Bride", I once again appreciated how clean the underlying tones were and t ...more
Dec 27, 2015 Allisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where should I start?! This book was awesome! I found an old copy on my mom's bookshelf awhile ago and finally decided to actually read it. I've heard a lot of good things about Madeleine Brent, so after another recommendation from dear Mom, I started.

And I couldn't stop.

It took me about a week to read, true, so of course I did stop a few times. I stopped when it got too noisy because it is one of those books that needs to be read in complete silence to fully appreciate it (unless you don't like
Carol Kerry-green
I love Madeleine Brent's novels, and this one was no exception. The atmosphere was excellent, with Cadi being completely unsure who she could or couldn't trust, and the reader is kept guessing - though once you've read it a couple of times you of course know who to trust, but still the writing is so good that I still questioned motives a couple of times!
Jan 23, 2008 Mindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this for the first time with my sister, Erin, while we were in high school. We were camping, and we stayed up and read to each other with a flashlight. We loved it! A perfect book for the young romance reader and a great light escape book for the experienced reader.
Jan 21, 2008 Marleah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all my friends
Shelves: adult-fiction, own-it
This is a perfect example that you never know when a good book/author will fall into your lap. Author, Madeleine Brent (aka Peter O'Donnell) is wonderful! The story was engaging, the characters well written. I could not put it down. I loved it!
Nov 10, 2015 Darla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't say enough good things about this one - a new favorite!
Nov 06, 2015 Yue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Victoria Holt, Gothic books
I miss reading Victoria Holt terribly, but reading any Madeleine Brent book is the closest I found so far. The style in writing is similar, as well as several other aspects. In fact, the beginning of the story is very much alike to Bride of Pendorric: Cadi lives in a fishing town, her mother passed away when she was younger, and her father is a fisherman. They met a foreigner (who is going to be a big part in Cadi's life later on). Her father dies in the sea, and she comes to live with Mr. Morto ...more
Although Madeleine Brent is not a new writer, I had not read her before so was pleasantly surprised at how good this book is. With the death of her father, Cadi Tregaron goes to live in London with the family of Morton. Although she is very happy with them, two people puzzle her, Mr. Morton's son, Richard and his nephew, Lucien. These men seem quite strange to her. There is also a mystery in her past, her grandmother having been rescued from a near drowning near Nsples, Italy. It was here her gr ...more
Nov 02, 2011 Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: old-fashioned
Cadi Tregaron is the daughter of a Cornish fisherman and lives in the coastal town of Mawstone during the early 20th century. Cadi loves her simple life as a fisherman's daughter, but sometimes feels restless and wants to see and do more than she can in her circumstances. Cadi never imagined that a daring sea rescue would change her life forever, helping her solve family mysteries and even taking her all the way to Italy.

The plot of this book is so complex, it is really hard to summarize satisfa
Farshana Sihab
Jun 26, 2015 Farshana Sihab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: open-lib
Loved Cadi so much.What a wonderful heroine she is. Steady & calm, unruffled and wise!! Loved how the author leaves it to the end to decipher the actual character of Lucian. Mr. Morton is a gem, and what a delight to read about Sarah's growth from a silly to an insightful girl!
Nov 09, 2014 Daniela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first novel by Madeleine Brent and I see many more to be read in the future! I was pleasantly surprised by the complex plot and how fluidly the story unfolds. Cadi herself is a terrific heroine: both kind-hearted and tough, pretty emancipated for her time but still believable. I liked her from the beginning.

There are quite a few suspensefull scenes including boating accidents, bolting horses and attacks on a train. Throughout the book I wasn't bored for a second. While not as beautif
Jun 15, 2014 Leelaa73 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I read this book, but I made a point of collecting all of Madeline Brent's books as I find them so enjoyable. She has wonderful character development and the stories always grip me from start to finish no matter how often I go back and re-read them.
Jan 11, 2016 Cath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mary Stewart readers
I enjoyed this book. more of a 3 1/2 than 4 but still quite good. Kind of a Mary Stewart novel with a mild gothic mix. The main character, Cadi is likable and interesting. Most of the supporting characters are well drawn. I enjoyed the novel's dual England/Italian setting, the description just enough to make you want to travel but not tie down the narrative.

A good thrillerish/romance.
Cardigan Rippers
This is my favorite Madeleine Brent (Amytha loves Moonraker's Bride). Love the gothic elements, the side characters, the several settings.

We discuss this book and other Madeleine Brent works in our podcast:
Simon Mcleish
May 04, 2014 Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Gothic romance set in the early twentieth century. Heavily indebted to Northanger Abbey and the like, but very well read if you like that kind of thing.
Shirley Roundy
Jan 15, 2009 Shirley Roundy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love historical romances and Madeline Brent is my favorite author of them. My search only came up with "Tregan's Daughter" and it is one of three that are my favorites. "Moonraker's Bride" and "The Golden Urchin" are the other two books I love by her. They have interesting stories, lovable heroines, and there is always a mystery to solve. "The Golden Urchin" is about a baby girl that is found by aborigines in Australia after her parents are murdered. She ends up going on a walk about when she ...more
I've read this book about 5 times and am lucky enough to own a copy. This book going out of print is sooo unfortunate. It's a great story with love and mystery. Cadi is amazing. I loved her from the beginning and cheered for her the whole way through. The writing is neat and descriptive. I don't want to ruin the plot but I will say that I am immediately hooked every time I read it even though I know what's going to happen. It's impossible to put this book down. Tregaron's Daughter is one of my f ...more
This book was everything I love and loath all at the same time. I knew what was going to happen (surprisingly accurately) before I finished the first chapter. The character descriptions are HILARIOUS. Some diverging plot points that do nothing to add to the story. I could go on, but what I loved about this one was that it took me back to a slightly less cynical me. It forced me to remember reading these types of books during the summer vacation under the trees at my parent’s house and how I used ...more
3.5 stars for a fun, enjoyable read. I liked the characters, the mystery, the romance. Thanks Heather for a great read. I am excited to try more by this author.
Oct 17, 2011 Mo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually I'd give this book a 3.5. I found the plot to be interesting and not as predictable as some plots which kept me reading and wanting to find out how the story develops. I thought that the author could have done a little better job with secondary character development. I didn't feel that those characters always stayed true to who they were written as. Lucian, Mrs. Morton, Richard and Sarah could have been better developed into characters that we could put a more definite feeling or opinio ...more
Sep 26, 2015 Janifowose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite books. This author got me into the historical romance genre
Nov 07, 2014 Åshild rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When it comes to romance & suspence Madeleine Brent is my absolute favourite :-)
Feb 10, 2010 Jamio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought I was checking in with an old favorite when I picked this one up. I thought it was a girl-has-special-relationship-with-dragon fantasy that I had liked back in the days when I was McCaffry addict. Turns out I'd never read this book, and turns out it's not a fantasy at all, but a tight little gothic novel with all the gothic trimmings: strange and foreshadowing dreams, forbidding architecture, unexplained supernatural events, and the cold stranger who might fall in love with the heroine ...more
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Madeleine Brent is a pseudonym used by Peter O'Donnell.

Peter O'Donnell was born on 11 April 1920 in Lewisham, London, England, UK. He was interested in writing as a child, and began writing professionally at the age of 16. During World War II he served in the Royal Signals Corps, and was stationed in Persia, Syria, Egypt, the Western Desert, Italy, and Greece. After the war, he worked as a comic s
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“I was interested when Mr. Morton talked in this manner, giving his thoughts on the way of the world. I knew that most men of his generation fumed at what they considered lack of propriety and dangerous freedom of modern young women, but Mr. Morton was above all a fair and just man, without prejudices. I had once overheard him saying to Colonel Rodsley, 'Certainly I agree with you that women are not the equals of men, Colonel. But neither are men the equals of women. They are quite simply different creatures, thank God, and not to be compared. But that one should be subordinate to the other in the eyes of the law is an injustice I hope to see rectified before I die.” 1 likes
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