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Bride of Pendorric

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  3,208 Ratings  ·  137 Reviews

Favel Farrington meets Roc Pendorric on the idyllic Mediterranean island of Capri, where she was raised and lives with her father. Roc sweeps her off her feet, taking her from her home by an emerald sea to the ancient family home of the Pendorrics, in Cornwall. His sister and her family await them with open arms, welcoming young Favel. She is the much anticipated Bride

Paperback, 327 pages
Published June 9th 2009 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 1963)
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Jan 04, 2009 Valory rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first gothic romance novel I ever read -- in 7th or 8th grade -- and I'm giving it a "5" because I loved it so much at that time! It was a transitional book for me, an adult romance/mystery after having read all the Nancy Drew series and Scholastic book selections for young readers, etc. If I were to read it again now, I might not feel the same way; so I probably won't! Why meddle with a good memory? All the books we read add something to our minds, and surely lead us on to other bo ...more
Carol ♔Type, Oh Queen!♕
Victoria Holt had clearly swotted up on Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier & Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë before writing this doom laden account of a young girl's infatuation & marriage to an older man. After her father's unexpected death, Roc whisks Favel from Capri to Cornwall where she is terrorised by the legend of the Brides of Pendorric.

While reading I found Favel's constant unease surprising in one so young (nineteen) but she was completely on her own & married to a man she barely knew. So I'm cutting her some slack.

A major weakness fo
Feb 15, 2016 Naksed rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: campy, gothic, ott-town
It is hard for me to be objective about this book and to keep from comparing it to Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca since it is so obviously inspired by it. I just couldn't take it seriously. Way over the top, heavy-handed, and ridiculous, with that cliche dumb as a post heroine who refuses to see what is staring at her in the face, and a so-called hero who spends so much time away from the action that he truly seems more ghost like than the departed Barbarina (that name!), the malevolent spirit who ...more
Jun 06, 2009 Misfit rated it really liked it
Eking out a living with her widowed father in his art studio on the island of Capri, Favel is swept off her feet by visitor Roc Pendorric and they are married, although her happiness is marred by the sudden death of her father. Upon arrival at Roc's Cornwall estate, Favel learns of the legend of the Brides of Pendorric - married into the family for their money and die mysterious deaths at a young age and then destined to haunt the halls until another bride dies and takes her place. Not surprisin ...more
Mar 20, 2015 Tweety rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Victoria Holt and Gothics

Favel was a lovely heroine, if a little unsure. And I am not surprised that she was so unsure, how can you not be when people don't tell you what's happening? And what was she to do with so many little things destroying her peace? From two twins set on her becoming one of The Brides to accidents happening a little too soon after the others for comfort and being locked in a crypt, something is afoot and it's enough to craze the most stable of us.

There were three sets of twins. Three. Try figurin
Sep 25, 2012 Jet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it. It was amusing, but also it was suspenseful. There were a few heartwarming moments, like with the old Lord Polhorgan (is that it?). Ok, here's the summary:

Favel marries Roc Pendorric, and goes to live with him and his sister, Morwenna and nieces, Hyson and Lyson. There is a legend surrounding the place that the last Bride (Roc's mother, Barbarina) haunts the quadrangle and will kill the next bride so she can rest in peace at last. After a while, she makes a few friends like Lord Polh
I first read this in Jr. High because I wanted to, not because I had to. I picked it up again just to see if I still liked Holt's writing.

Yes. I did. Mostly, as an adult, I liked it because intimacy behind closed doors and in spite of what the cover hints at, it focused on the characters in the story, not their hormones (Hooray!). In fact, the husband is gone much of the time on business and I got the feeling he was 'in the way' of what Holt wanted to do with Favel.

This time through I picked up
Marcia McClure
Jul 07, 2010 Marcia McClure rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am soooooooooooo glad Victoria Holt is coming back into print! You KNOW how I love her books! This one is great...slathered with brooding suspense! I LOVE it!
In Bride of Pendorric, young Favel is swept off her feet by the handsome Roc Pendorric when he visits her father's studio on the island of Capri. Shortly after their marriage, her father dies unexpectedly and in order to distract her from her grief, Roc takes her home to the Pendorric mansion in Cornwall. She is warmly welcomed by Roc's family and the villagers, who enthusiastically call her "the Bride of Pendorric", and at first she is able to dismiss the tales regarding a family curse that lea ...more
I read this book many years ago as a young girl and I remember loving it. It is written in the 1st person point of view and is categorized as a gothic romance. One of my favorite genres from that time of my life.
Simone James
Jan 20, 2015 Simone James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
The ultimate gothic classic! Madness, secrets, crypts, suspicious husbands, cliffs and moors... it never gets old.
Feb 18, 2016 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was of older gradeschool age, and after exhausting all the Nancy Drew's my mother's younger sister passed down to me, I went to my parents meager book shelf. I read Exodus, by Leon Uris. The boldface on the book jacket demanding to be read like a hollywood movie demanding to be seen. I had no idea that it already was a movie. From that book forward I was hungry for literature. I tried other books on this parental shelf: this Steinbeck (Winter of our Discontent)--I liked but could not say why; ...more
Regan Walker
Apr 02, 2016 Regan Walker rated it really liked it
Shelves: victorian
Gothic Mystery Wrapped Around a Romance

Like most of Holt’s historical romances, I assume this one was set in the Victorian era but it takes place mostly in Cornwall. Favel Farrington was living with her artist father on the beautiful Isle of Capri when Roc Pendorric from Cornwall came into their studio one day and swept Favel off her feet.

Roc was a charmer from the beginning and soon they were wed, but the day was overshadowed by her father’s drowning death. Once Favel and Roc arrive at the ance
Carolee Woolley
Oct 07, 2014 Carolee Woolley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This spine tingling mystery, keeps you turning the pages, as you get deeper and deeper into this book. There's no turning back now. Favel doesn't know who to trust. She's married Roc Pendoric, a mysterious man that she has fallen in love with and married, but when her father mysteriously drowns, Favel know that Roc is not telling her something. Roc takes her back to Pendoric as his new bride, where she discovers everyone is waiting for a new bride to take the place of the old bride of Pendoric, ...more
Aug 29, 2010 Caitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Victoria Holt was an incredibly prolific writer, writing under several pseudonyms - most prominently Victoria Holt, Jean Plaidy, and Philippa Carr. Victoria Holt was her pseudonym for writing Gothic romance and these books are wonderful and old-fashioned and fun to read. I remember staying up all night at my Mississippi grandmother's house when I was in high school reading The Legend of the Seventh Virgin and loving every minute of it. I've also read The Mistress of Mellyn although I thought it ...more
Verity Brown
May 14, 2014 Verity Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

When I picked up this book, I was expecting nothing more than a bit of gothic fluff. Surprisingly, it turned out to be amazingly good!

The cover image on my edition suggests that the story is a 19th century gothic horror/romance. It's not. When I discovered that, I was somewhat tempted to just put it down again, because I'm not fond of contemporary romance. But in this case, it's contemporary to the 1960s, which gave it just enough of a Dark Shadows appeal to persuade me to keep reading. I'm glad
The thing that made this book good for me was the ending. I am usually pretty good at predicting plot twists but this one I did not see coming. The rest of the book I thought was not that interesting however. They repeated things so many times that it became dull. She would visit and do the same things OVER and OVER again. The only thing that was different was the tid-bits of information she discovered along the way which eventually fell into place. I was also really disappointed with the love s ...more
Meagan Houle
Holt's little mystery has elements of nearly everything that has come before in this Gothic suspense novel, but her ability to make the writing feel charmingly archaic is notable in itself. She has a particular talent for building a feeling of sinister unease, and the ending is actually quite satisfying. That said, I did think she set herself up to fail by developing the protagonist's husband a certain way, because the ending renders a lot of the previous development moot. Still, it's a fun litt ...more
Nov 29, 2015 Lena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, this isn't my usual genre, so maybe I had too high hopes. But I'd heard the author compared to Mary Stewart, whom I love, so I thought I'd give it a try. I did rather like the heroine, who was just about the only character with more than one dimension, and not annoyingly gullible. But the plot twists were predictable, the overall plot lacked any depth--it was based solely on not guessing the one main plot twist, and the solutions were revealed in a very lazy way. And the romance was insipi ...more
Sep 25, 2013 Haley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this. I loved the main character but wasn't too sure about anyone else until the end. The mystery was good (although I figured it out before the reveal). This novel kind of keeps you thinking the whole time.
Nov 20, 2015 Sylvia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspenso, historico, 2015
Muy buena la trama, aunque el romance en esta historia es casi nulo, me gusta mucho la narrativa de Victoria Holt.
Kaye Dewar
Lots of twists and turns amystery till the end.
Apr 17, 2016 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-again
"Bride of Pendorric" is a novel by Victoria Holt written in 1963. Victoria Holt was a pen name for Eleanor Hibbert. Hibbert was an English author who wrote under various pen names. Her best-known pseudonyms were Jean Plaidy, Victoria Holt, and Philippa Carr; she also wrote under the names Eleanor Burford, Elbur Ford, Kathleen Kellow, Anna Percival, and Ellalice Tate. Until I picked up this book, I had heard of none of these people, however, she has sold over 100 million books under these differe ...more
==A plot lacking credibility==

Having completed the book, I thought two things had lacked credibility. Having grown up with her English parents in a foreign setting, Favel--an only child--knows nothing of their past--where they were born, their heritage, how they met. Her reasoning is that she believes that her parents just didn't think it was necessary or of interest to tell her anything. No child would let their parents get away with such subterfuge. It is very bad for the plot's credibility to
Kalliolinnan morsian on oikeastaan sitä samaa mitä muutkin Holtin kirjat: kartanoromantiikkaa pienin jännitysmaustein, vaikka tällä kertaa tapahtumat sijoittuvat hieman modernimpaan aikaan. Favel asuu Caprilla taiteilijaisänsä kanssa, kunnes hän tapaa komean Roc Pendorricin ja rakastuu tähän. Pian Favel on muuttanut Pendorricien Cornwallissa sijaitsevaan sukukartanoon, jossa kuulemma ovat kummitelleet kaksi suvun morsianta. Näyttäisi siltä, että haudan lepoon päästäkseen Rocin äidin haamu yrittä ...more
Sep 24, 2010 Dani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Victoria Holt is much more than a simple romance author. Many may also know her by some of her other pen names, Jean Plaidy and Phillipa Carr. I loved the Daughters of English series and fully intend to read it again in the right order. However, if you are less into history and more into suspense the Victoria Holt pseudonym is a good choice. She wrote this book in the 60's and I read a very old paperback version that was falling apart, but it was well-worth the falling pages. ;-) The romance at ...more
Oct 07, 2013 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Victoria Holt books! If you read them all back to back they will get a little too similar but separated they are a great escape! This is surprisingly one I hadn't read before. I found an old copy at a used bookstore, and saved it for October after reading the description (as it sounded like a bit of a spooky mystery). This is what I would classify as romantic suspense.

The cover makes this out to be a "bodice ripper" or "steamy" romance but that is not the case at all. There are NO scenes
Apr 30, 2015 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I expected to like it, but I did not expect to love it. I also did not suspect that it would be so suspenseful. The last book I read by Victoria Holt was a pretty traditional love story, but in this book we have both a love story and a mystery/thriller. Favel Farrington meets Roc Pendorric when he comes to her island home. They fall in love and Roc takes Favel back to his home, Pendorric, in England. Favel quickly comes to love her new life, but there is ...more
Phil Syphe
I presumed this tale would be set in the 1800s, thus it came as a surprise when realising it was set around the time of the book's publication. Even so, it didn't "feel" like the early 1960s, but more like a few decades earlier, despite certain references that clarified the story to be contemporary.

As for the story, it reminded me of several other Victoria Holt novels, including the usual long suspenseful build-up to a climax that was over too soon.

I often feel that this author doesn't squeeze
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