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Dark Inheritance

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  40 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Here is the spellbinding tale of a lovely young woman pursued by a proud family's shameful past...from a Cornwall mansion to the fabled Crystal Palace in London to glittering Venice...and coming ever closer to the terrible menace of her Dark Inheritance.
Mass Market Paperback, 264 pages
Published November 12th 1976 by Fawcett (first published January 1st 1975)
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3.5 stars

Fate played into the hands of Miss Susannah Button. Not long after she was hired as governess to Miss Hester Dewaine she was approached by a family member and offered a sum of money. She was asked to voluntarily leave Landeric. Her answer was 'no'.

A secret was revealed that eventually took her to Austrian-ruled Vienna. She started her new employment as companion to an elderly Dewaine cousin. All the while she loved a man who would take the back burner to this historical suspense.

Sep 15, 2016 MomToKippy rated it really liked it
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Susannah Button's father died. Her mother had passed when she was a baby. His last words to her were "Landeric" then "Forgive me." She wondered about that in the many years to come. Why would her father use his last bit of strength to say that hated name to her? Susannah lived among the fisher-folk of Pennan Haven on the Cornish coast but would now have to leave to find employment and make her way in the world. And so it begins.

"Memory is a house with many doors that open and close of their own
Diane Lynn
I liked this book a lot, my first by Carola Salisbury, aka Mike Butterworth. There were a lot of historical references, which I enjoy in a book.

The story starts in England in 1845. We meet Susannah Button, the daughter of the local tavern owner in a small town in Cornwall. She is almost 21 and has been well educated. Educated beyond the norm for someone in her position, but there are reasons. Then we meet the snobby Dewaine family (Sir Tristan, son Mark and 3 daughters). They live up in the big
Christine Honsinger
Loved this, my first book by Carola Salisbury. I know I will be searching out more...she is eloquent and original. Even though I suspected one major plot twist, the final few pages revealed a real surprise. Loved the heroine, and my heart went out to her throughout...Highly recommended to other suspense/gothic/mystery/romance readers (yes, it had all of this, but not too much of any one really almost felt like it fell into a genre all to itself, or even a classic novel.)
Feb 12, 2012 Rabby rated it really liked it
The first chapter is everything the rest of the book is not: pretentious, boring and flat. It was a struggle to get through that first chapter, which felt like it was written by someone else entirely. My solution and suggestion would be to read that opening chapter simply because it is necessary, but press on despite how awful it may seem; the rest of the novel is well worth it and not at all in the same vein. It was quite a delight to find the many twists and turns of Dark Inheritance, which I ...more
Martin Conisby
Nov 22, 2013 Martin Conisby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good traditional Gothic by Carola Salisbury (a.k.a. Mike Butterworth).
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Carola Salisbury is a pseudonym for Michael Butterworth.

Butterworth trained as an artist at Camberwell College of Art and worked briefly as a tutor in drawing at Nottingham College of Art. After briefly working as a salesman, he joined the Amalgamated Press (later renamed Fleetway Publications) after submitting samples of artwork to them. Although these were turned down, he tried again, submitting
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