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Daughter of Deceit

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Noelle Tremaston's charmed yet unconventional life as the daughter of the infamous Desiree, darling of the London stage, comes crashing to a halt when her mother takes in a struggling ingenue and disaster strikes. Noelle flees to Paris where, on the eve of World War I, a bizarre twist of fate will lead her into unsolved mysteries -- and the arms of love.
Paperback, 374 pages
Published October 24th 1992 by Fawcett (Ballantine Books) (first published 1991)
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Spoilers ahoy. I don't want anyone to waste their time on this.

The blurb:

Noelle Tremaston's charmed yet unconventional life as the daughter of the infamous Desiree, darling of the London stage, comes crashing to a halt when her mother takes in a struggling ingénue and disaster strikes. Noelle flees to Paris where, on the eve of World War I, a bizarre twist of fate will lead her into unsolved mysteries -- and the arms of love.

So, yes the heroine is the daughter of a famous actress and yes, disas
Victoria Holt was most assuredly the mistress of what we now think of as "clean" Gothic romance -- which is to say that there is some suspense, some romantic tension, and absolutely no sex.

"Daughter of Deceit" is no exception to the pattern. In this story, Noelle Tremaston is the adult daughter of Desiree -- a famous London actress. Desiree is well-known for taking in the proverbial waifs and strays, so she brings injured Lisa Fennell into her home. Lisa is an aspiring actress and Desiree gets h
This is my second book by this author, and I've been disappointed both times. The heroine of this story, Noelle, was a bit "soft", or weak, for my tastes. For a woman who was surrounded by the theater her whole life, she was really quite dense to not detect the lies in a performance of an amateur. I thought the ending was a little weird, and anticlimatic. I wasn't really surprised by anything in the story, and could easily guess what was going to happen.
Jul 23, 2007 Chazzle rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: women, and men who enjoy a good LMN movie
This is my second Victoria Holt book. This one seems a little more "romance-oriented" than "Seven for a Secret", but it's still mostly a pleasure. It's just that I prefer "skeletons in the closet" to "will the heroine find marital bliss".

Although I'm going to give the author a rest for now, she certainly knows how to spin a good yarn. All loose ends and questions are taken care of, and in a really entertaining fashion. I'll be visiting her again in the not-too-distant future.
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How wonderful it is to find an amazing book by surprise. I am still in awe of this novel. It's a story with so many twists and turns. It is a successful combination of drama, mystery, suspense and romance.

As for the characters, I really felt a close connection with Noelle because she reminds me alot of myself. The others were okay too.

The story kept me engaged most of the time by the dialogues, if not by the development of the story. It's a very good reads.
No idea where the 'on the eve of World War I' bit of the blurb comes from; although almost no dates are given, from references to Napoleon III and the Franco-Prussian War the book is clearly set in the 1860s and 70s.

Its not the most convincing plot, some of the twists and turns are rather predictable, and the dialogue is often stilted. I frankly expected better of a novel from one of Jean Plaidy's pseudonyms.
I haven't read a Victoria Holt novel in almost 25+ years. I have probably read over 30 of her books. As a mystery writer, Holt never disappoints. The setting is usually in England and in the late 17th or 18th century. This story is about an actress and her illigetimate daughter, living in England. If you are looking for an easy read with some mystery and a little suspense, this book is for you.

this one I figured out quickly because the story was so predictable. So much so I didn't finish it. The characters couldn't keep my interest, thought most of them were ridiculous anyway. Not one of your good ones Holt.
Read in the portuguese version - Filha do Engano - translated by Maria Luisa Santos - edition Circulo de Leitores, Portugal Outubro 1993
Michelle Cristiani
Victoria Holt has been one of my favorite authors since I was a teen. Nobody does gothic romance like she does! She never disappoints.
If you like clean, cheesy, romance novels then you will like anything by Victoria Holt or her pseudonyms.
Hanna exciting book with a lot of twists that will blow your mind.. ..I love it!..
Jun 14, 2014 Karla marked it as did-not-finish
Where are some of these reviews disappearing to, GR? *grumble grumble*

Early 2013 or so --
DNF at 100-something. Plot was moving too slowly. Apathy towards the characters. Blah.
Books written by Victoria Holt are so cheesy, but sometimes that's exactly what you need. I've read a loooot of her books when I was 14/15 years old..that was the last time I've read them. I absolutely loved them at the time. I'm thinking of reading one of her books just for the old times sake! =)
Mar 08, 2012 Saori added it
I was so astonished when Charlie Claverham said that Noelle is his daughter. It really broke my heart i thought it would already be a happy ending with Noelle and Roderick at that time. Good thing they found evidences to prove that she isn't his it love it...
Oct 15, 2012 Jodi rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Vicotria Holt is a long time favorite when I want an easy historical romance read. This one didn't disappoint but there were no surprised about who killed Desiree and then who killed Lisa. Good, enjoyable read.............
Carol Waters
OK, the deceit was that her mother was a big fat liar. And so was pretty much everyone else. Why do I read these things? Oh, yeah, cleaning off the booksheles and going through everything anyone gave me ever.
Leigh Jenkins
While it isn't her best, this is still a great book especially if you're a big Victoria Holt fan. It was one of her lighter books but the ending made the whole read worth it.
This is a pretty good "Victoria Holt". Pure escape . . . I will be able to read this in another five years and hardly remember the story line! :)
I just love so much this kind of book. They're my guilty pleasure. Give me lots of drama and family
secrets, and I'll be your forever.
This was a fun mystery, romance story with unexpected twists and turns. It was a good distraction for me in my life right now.
Not as good as some. I was a little let down at the ending. Not enough mystery. But all in all not too bad.
Lee Ann
Another Victoria Holt romance for summer reading. I love the 19th century setting.
Classic Victoria Holt and a tangle of lies makes interesting re-reading.
Lightweight, but entertaining with a few twists and a bit of mystery.
Jwls Mac Ray
So far good....just haven't taken the time to really read....
Joy Jiang
It's my first English book by this author. I like that, the emotion.
It's wonderfull.I've never seen a book like this.I was moved a lot.
Undela Uneeb
the beginning was extraordinary but the ending was kind of inevitable
One of the later Holt's.
Not as good as her early books
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