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The Gossamer Cord (Daughters of England #18)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  252 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Love, loss and madness mark the lives of twin sisters in this suspenseful addition to Carr's beloved Cornwall saga. When happy-go-lucky Dorabell Denver marries Dermot Tregarland, a charismatic young Cornishman, her twin sister Violetta is haunted by premonitions of disaster. Her worries soon multilply. . . .
Hardcover, 367 pages
Published December 31st 1992 by Putnam Publishing Group (first published January 1st 1992)
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Jul 16, 2013 Kavita rated it liked it
Two twin sisters are inseparable, but then one of them gets married and moves to a mansion in the depths of the country. The setting is just before the second world war. The married twin disappears and her sister decides to investigate what happened.

Halfway through the book, even before she disappears I had realized who was the culprit, so the book was a failure in that aspect. I was also a little put off that the police are not even informed about a person who killed twice and attempted to kill
Jun 11, 2010 Cynthia rated it liked it
Dorabella and Violetta Denver are twins in England in the years before WW2. Dorabella, the flighty outgoing one marries Dermot Tregarland and moves to his estate in Corneall. They live with his ill father and a distantly related housekeeper and her son who actually run the estate, Matilda and Gordon Leweth. Violetta, the sensible one visits frequently and becomes close to Jowan Jermyn, a rival estate owner whose family has always feuded with the Tregarlands. Their adopted brother, Edward married ...more
Sep 29, 2014 Jill rated it did not like it
A trite romantic novel/murder mystery set in Cornwall before WWII. Unconvincing plot and weak characterisation made this a disappointing read.
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May 20, 2015 Jen Locke rated it liked it
I read this a long time ago and didn't really know what I was getting into. It was better, though, than I expected.
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A weaker entry in the series.
Apr 12, 2014 Becky rated it really liked it
Part of a series of mother to daughter generations stories telling the history of England from Henry VIII to WW II. Fabulous to read them all in order. Each one is a gem; each is surprising and well written.

Another set of twin in the mother daughter line up.
Aug 18, 2013 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was okay, typical Philipa Carr/Victoria Holt novel. Not terribly hard to figure out ahead of the ending...but nice for nostalgia. I used to devour Victoria Holt book...I think I've outgrown them. ::sigh::
May 01, 2016 Frenchie rated it really liked it
Part of the story dealt with the bond between female twins. It was very close to some of my feelings. I didn't quite enjoy the end but the rest was pretty good.
Aug 08, 2010 Holly rated it liked it
Mystery during pre World War 2, good story
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