The Black Opal
Abandoned as a baby, her exotic beauty prompted hushed whispers of gypsy blood. But lovely Carmel March remained shrouded in mystery....
When tragedy struck her adopted home of Commonwood House, little Carmel had been bundled off to Australia. Returning to England as a young woman, she became haunted by questions from her past, as well as the shocking revelation that she h
Left under an azalea bush at Commonwood House and reluctantly taken in by Dr. and Mrs. Marline, Carmel March has always felt like an outsider. Her origins shrouded in mystery, Carmel has always wondered why she was abandoned. Desperate for affection, she forms attachments with the gypsies in the woods, dear Uncle Toby, and Kitty Carson, her beloved governess. When Mrs. Marline is crippled in a hunting accident and becomes even more bitter and cruel, life at Commonwood becomes...more
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I found the storyline quite commical and completely unrealistic. It was roughly about a half gypsie girl who was found under the azuala bush and was magically accepted into this rather rich family although lets be honest at that period of time that...more
Carmel was an orphaned child left under an azalea bush. Her mother a gypsy, her father a surprise. She was left at Commowood House and brought up with the family there. She always felt the outsider. Then, when the wicked mistress of the house is murdered, she is swept away into another life in Australia. Carmel finds out who her real father is. She has three suitors. She solves the mystery of Commonwood House. She fin...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