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Bride of Pendorric

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  2,791 ratings  ·  116 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 of ...more
Paperback, 327 pages
Published June 9th 2009 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1376)
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Valory
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
Tweety
Mar 20, 2015 Tweety rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Misfit
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
Michelle
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
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Jet
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
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Simone St James
The ultimate gothic classic! Madness, secrets, crypts, suspicious husbands, cliffs and moors... it never gets old.
Cari
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
Carolee Woolley
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
Verity Brown

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
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Rebecca  Thompson
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
April
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
Pamela(AllHoney)
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.
Haley
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.
4cats
Favel Farrington is struggling to make a living on the Isle of Capri with her artist father when her life changes drastically when she is swept off her feet by Roc Pendorric. She finds herself quickly married and living at the family's manor house in Cornwall.Favel loves her husband and her new life, but doubts start creeping in when she hears the legend of the 'Brides of Pendorric', who lives are cut short in tragic mysterious circumstances.Victoria Holt, otherwise known as Jean Plaidy (amongst ...more
Nancy Crayton
I really couldn't put this book down once I started reading. I'd never read it before. Don't know why because it was so popular when I was a teenager and young adult. But I was very happy to have found it now until the ending of the story.

The mystery and suspense is wonderful. Just the right balance of the young bride behaving with common sense when the unexplained happens and yet doubting the people around her.

I would have rated this book much higher if it had not been for the last few pages. W
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Marcia McClure
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!
Kaye Dewar
Lots of twists and turns amystery till the end.
Kim
"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
Dani
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Angie
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
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Caitlin
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
Sverre
==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
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Lisa
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
Kirsten
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
Athalia's Athalia's
Después de leer muchas novelas de Victoria Holt durante mi adolescencia, al encontrar este libro perdido en el armario de mi madre no pude resistirme y lo cogí. Mal día en que lo hice. O yo era muy impresionable de niña, o esta novela no es para nada lo que estaba esperando. El romance brilla por su ausencia, y el misterio detectivesco está a la orden del día. Si buscas romanticismo no es tu novela.
Susan
Victoria Holt was one of the leaders in the Romantic thriller genre and this book is a good read. While it didn't keep me on the edge of my seat or awake at night just to keep reading, it was still engaging. It is a bit dated, and at times seemed to go on a bit too much in the preparation, but succeeded in surprising me at the end. I am having fun reading these old books again!
Judith
"Bride of Pendorric" definitely has similarities to DuMaurier's "Rebecca," but it has elements all its own. I enjoyed the twisting plot and the book's FABULOUS climax...you'll never guess it! It is truly reminiscent of the Gothic novel. The characters are actually quite complex in this story, something that I don't often see in romance novels. If you liked DuMaurier's "Rebecca" or any other Victoria Holt novel, there is a good chance that you will like this book. I couldn't put it down once I be ...more
Anna
I think this is one the few gothic stories by VH that have a contemporary setting.
Victoria Holt will always be a special author for me; she was a go-to read to relax during some grueling class coursework in high school. And she lead me to read some other authors.
Amy
Oh, the nostalgia! Found this one at a bookstore yesterday and reread it after more than 40 years. After my mom died when I was a teen I inherited all her romantic suspense paperbacks. Loved the books by this author, Mary Stewart, and Phyllis Whitney. Enjoyed getting reacquainted with this this fast-paced, well-plotted trip down memory lane. The Cornish setting was intriguing and I still remembered some of the exact wording of description and dialogue. As an adult I was a little disturbed by the ...more
Swathi
Another favorite victoria holt novel. The revelation at the end was unexpected and i just loved it. The description of the village and pendorric house and the brooding atmosphere are the highlights of this wonderful book.
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