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Preview — Lord of the Far Island by Victoria Holt
Lord of the Far Island
The past is never far behind.…
Ellen Kellaway, orphaned at age five, was raised by wealthy cousins, but was never allowed to forget that her every advantage was owed to the charity of others. However, when the son of a powerful London family asks for her hand in marriage, her world is opened up to untold wealth and social position. She never imagined that such an unlikely d...more
Just as good as I remember!
Ellen Kellaway is an orphan taken in by her Aunt's good will, and for no other reason. She grows up as the poor relation always knowing, and dreading the day when she will have to go out and become a governess. But one day changes everything and now Ellen is marrying into a wealthy family.
Ellen, is not sure but that she has made a mistake in excepting Philips proposal. Why they hardly know each other! Unfortunately,Ellen doesn't know how to back out gracefully.
Then Ph ...more
I love Victoria Holt’s romances and every now and then pick one up as a “pallet cleanser”. While more a mystery than romantic suspense, there is a lot of intrigue here.
As always, it’s written from the first person. And presumably it’s a Victorian. Ellen Kellaway, orphaned at age five, was a “poor relation” raised by wealthy cousins. Plagued by the same terrible dream, she lives in a family where she is never allowed to forget that her fortunate circumstance ...more
Ellen didn’t like that at all. She appreciated what was being done for her, but she had no i ...more
The characters are all well-drawn, especially the heroine of the piece.
As usual with Ms Holt much of this novel revolves around a long suspenseful build-up to a climax that's over too soon. I often feel that this author doesn't squeeze the full potential out of dramatic/exciting/fr ...more
Ellen Kellaway, the “poor relation” to cousin Agatha and her husband Josiah, was never allowed to forget how she got to live in the lap of luxury, even though she never got to touch it per s ...more
Ellen Kellaway, orphaned at age five, was raised by wealthy cousins, but was never allowed to forget that her every advantage was owed to the charity of others. However, when the son of a powerful London family asks for her hand in marriage, her world is opened up to untold wealth and social position. She never imagined that such an unlikely dream would come true.
Always treated as the poor relation, Ellen Kellaway was raised by her Cousins William and Agatha Loring. But with fire and spirit, she embarks on an exciting adventure to uncover the mystery surrounding her past.
When her cousin Agatha informs her that she has overstayed her welcome and 'lived on charity' long enough, Ellen is persuaded to take a post as governess to cousin Agatha's friend, the Honorable Mrs. Lemming.
Out of a desire to escape her present situation, she agrees to a ...more
A master storyteller, Victoria Holt transports us from London to the coast of Cornwall in a classic gothic romantic suspense, bringing back fond memories of her books read throughout the years.
How I love re-experiencing the type of books I loved as a teenager. For those of us who read Victoria Holt’s books during the years they were first published, they sometimes become how we compare all others like them. Even if we haven’t read t ...more
Victoria Holt (pen name of Eleanor Hibbert) was a prolific author of romantic mystery and suspense novels with settings in creepy, eerie and freakish locales with people to match. Her books were consistently satisfying as proven by how many were published and now, thirty or forty years later, are being reprinted.
Comparing this book to Bride of Pendorric, it has similarities: the heroine's obscure origin and family relationships are gradually revealed, diaries a ...more
Victoria Holt knows her genre. Mysterious dark strangers, islands, castles, and beuatiful damsels in distress. There are always plenty of handsome strangers to go around and just enough danger to keep the reader engaged. If you are looking for a formulaic yet enjoyable read in this genre, Victoria Holt never disappoints.
In this story, a young lady sits at the edge of London's high society, as she is only a poor relation to a wealthy family, but she garners enough confidence in herself to remain true to her convictions and to learn how to protect her own interests.
After a scandalous engagement gone wrong, a dead fiancé and a visit from a mysterious man~Ellen is all but fed up with trying to b ...more
What I liked: The style of writing is very reminiscent of Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca in that the protagonist is the narrat ...more
Eleanor Alice Burford, Mrs. George Percival Hibbert was a British author of about 200 historical novels, most of them under the pen name Jean Plaidy which had sold 14 million copies by the time of her death. She chose to use various names because of the differences in subjec ...more