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Tregaron's Daughter

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  1,037 ratings  ·  96 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
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published 1979 by Fontana Books (first published 1971)
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Hannah
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
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Carolyn Hill
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
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
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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
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Romina
Jan 06, 2013 Romina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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LeiAnn
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;
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Kate
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
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!
Mindy
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.
Marleah
Jan 21, 2008 Marleah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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!
Sakura Yue Michaelis
Oct 13, 2014 Sakura Yue Michaelis rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Gaile
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
Cristina
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
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Daniela
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
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Leelaa73
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.
Simon Mcleish
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.
Rachel
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
Shirley Roundy
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
ChaoticCupcake
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
Mo
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
Åshild
When it comes to romance & suspence Madeleine Brent is my absolute favourite :-)
Jamio
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
Angie
I absolutely adore this story. Madeleine Brent has been one of my favorite authors since I was a teenager and Tregaron's Daughter is one of the reasons why.

This is the story of brave Cadi Tregaron, raised by her fisherman father, who saves a wealthy Englishman from dying at sea. When her father dies, the man takes her into his family as an adopted daughter of sorts. There she discovers more about her grandmother than she ever knew.

The story is well-plotted and the characters have depth. I highl
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Krista Mercer
This time the penniless orphan turns out to be a Venetian countess in disguise and the hero has dramatically "Satanic" (!) eyebrows. Of course his name is Lucian--you have to love these old-skool Gothic conventions.

Total mind candy but another perfect sick-day read.
Ramona
A lovely read, with the spice of nostalgia.
Kathryn
Another great book by Madeleine Brent aka Peter O'Donnell! Fun, exciting and clean with a bit of romance and adventures in England and Italy. Can I just say again, that I love his writing? :)
Jeanette
Once in awhile I go back to one of these English countryside period books written before 1975 with such finely drawn characterizations. This one is a classic example. A bit Gothic, a bit comedy of manners, a bit mystery and criminal conflict, a bit love story. And always the dwelling. The Manderley or Terra. It was nearly a 5 star. How delightfully refreshing to have unselfish and unspoiled protagonists who are complex, can be confused, can be funny, but especially are endlessly good. As Cadi is ...more
Victoria
This story was pretty good, really good in the end. Love it. Back:
It was an ornate, foreign-looking house, with dark water lapping at its walls and stone steps. But it was only a painting-and Cadi Tregaron knew evry detail, for she had seen it befoe, not in reality but in a dream. In this hauntiong and suspenseful book, Cadi leaves her home in England and travels fo faraway Venice. there she sees the house again, but this time she is its prisoner and she is not dreaming.
Leaflitterlady
MB's first gothic novel TREGARON'S DAUGHTER is highly suspenseful, completely unpredictable and has the stuff of the best film noir if it were made into a movie. Cadi Tregaron's voyages from a small English fishing village to the luxury of the kindly and well to do Morton family in Kent to the romance and mystery of Venice, Italy keep the reader's mind full of lush visuals and presents characters you like and care about. Excellent reading!
Heidi
Dec 17, 2008 Heidi rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heidi by: Lena
Shelves: modernfiction
This wasn't as good as I'd hoped, but it was still pretty good. It's a typical gothic novel: brave and noble heroine pulled into mysterious circumstances, drawn to a dark, brooding man she isn't sure she can or should trust. Throw in some sleepwalking, prophetic dreams, and a surprise inheritance, and you have a pretty good story.

The library had this only as a Reader's Digest condensed book, so I don't know what or how much was cut out.
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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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