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The Rival

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  243 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Amidst whispers of treachery and murder, the Stanhope heir vanishes without a trace...

After Lionel De Vere's mysterious disappearance, Garrick De Vere becomes heir to an estate shrouded in scandal. Blackmailed by his powerful father into returning to England after a decade-long exile, Garrick finds himself forced into confronting the past and defending his innocence agains
Paperback, 437 pages
Published August 15th 1998 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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It is 1760, West Sussex and Garrick De Vere is a man set to become heir to his father, the earl of Stanhope. As a child his older brother vanished and was long presumed dead. After ten long years of banishment to Barbados, Garrick is summoned home to take his rightful place in society. But society, and his fiance, view him as a murderer.

Lady Olivia Gray is married to hateful man and lives in seclusion at their country estate with her blind daughter. They both have the gift of sight, able to see
Anne Barnett
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters were complex and there were quite a few obstacles to overcome for the characters. I feel in love with Garrick and Olivia because the author made them so real. This was a story with romance and adventure and mystery in it.
A gripping read, but domestic violence, child abuse, incest, adultery, suicide, abduction, murder.... it did put you through the wringer a bit!

I felt it wasn't wrapped up as well as it could have been - some things left me feeling unsatisfied. A few inconsistencies - for example a character badly sprains or possibly breaks an ankle. This is a hindrance while it needs to be, but a few hours later it seems to be OK again.

If Olivia knew what she knew about her husband all along, I can't see why she
This book was impossible for me to put down. But not in the way I usually like. It was extremely draining for me because so many antagonists with such selfish or evil ends and personalities. Then the hero and heroine are both tortured characters. I would call this book turbulent. Honestly I haven't been in the mood to read since finishing it. It wore me out that much!
Stacie  M. Ritchie
This is another decent romantic suspense. The only thing that could have made this 1760s book better, was the capitulation of the suspense that was evident in the story. More drama and detail would have made this a truly excellent book. Right now it is good, but not excellent.
I haven't read this in a while but I remember loving every bit of it. The story was good and I remember that I love, love, LOVED the ending. Need to read this again in the near future.
Great story set in England in the 1800's. Both a mother and daughter have the ability to see into the future.
4.8 on a 5.0 scale.
readable. I enjoyed it good way to pass 6 hours
I rate this book as an 8 out of 10. It was a style of writing I enjoyed, easy to follow, story line moved quickly, I like that the author didn't get too hung up on scene and character descriptions to waylay the main story. It was easy to keep track of who was who without having to take notes (mental or otherwise). A nice, simple read that kept my attention from page one to the end. It was a book I didn't want to put down or have come to an end.

Secondhand store purchase.
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