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The Legend of the Seventh Virgin

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  1,658 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
256 page hard cover gray cloth covered novel by Victoria Holt.
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published June 1st 1965 by Doubleday (first published 1964)
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Aug 22, 2010 Brandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oddly enough, this is actually one of my favorite books. There were many times throughout reading it when I wanted to slap one or more of the characters... But let's face it, not every book should be about some incredibly wonderful person that triumphs over character faults to move on and live happily ever after. It is a great book and does an amazing job of pointing out that having what you wish for is not necessarily a dream come true.
Greg Z
Mar 19, 2016 Greg Z rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Way back when, my mother and I were reading the same gothic romances. It was a nice break from all that high school required reading like "Hamlet" and "All the King's Men" and "Pride and Prejudice", etc. And I still today read an occasional gothic. But this one, "Seventh Virgin", I remember as being particularly good (along with the Christmas decorations and roaring fireplace and winter vacation from school) , almost on par with "Rebecca". True, this is a genre often overlooked by "serious" read ...more
Jun 30, 2016 Arismeire rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 18, 2015 Marianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book - both now and when I first read it almost 30 years ago. I loved Mellyora and Karensa so much that I actually wanted to name my kids by those two names (of course my husband said "no"). There is something in this book that lends to learning life's lessons and growing up that you don't find in many books being written today. The characters are strong - whether they have good or bad qualities - the strength in those qualities is well defined and clearly fits into the story. I lov ...more
Aug 23, 2014 Teinevai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favourites, don't know why but just was at the time of me reading it, of course if I were to read it now it probably would not get as many stars but I am going from memory here.

Sorry - I should point out that I read this book over 22 years ago. I remember reading some of it on the train on my way home from school and being so intrigued with it I almost missed my stop.
Sandra Hahn
Mar 10, 2009 Sandra Hahn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite books of all-time. It's not a sappy romance novel at all and like Gone with the Wind, the heroine is strong and couldn't care less about getting a man, until later when she's met the rest of her goals. Just a really interesting story set back-when.
Felicia Marie Ciaudelli
This is the first Victoria Holy book that I ever read - back in 1977 - I was hooked from the beginning!
Amanda Hoeck
Dec 13, 2013 Amanda Hoeck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be perfectly honest I was steadily becoming less interested in this book as the story progressed. The main character having, as one had put it, no redeemable traits, I tired of her "ambitions" and thought about just shelving the book. However when I had time to kill at a laundry mat, I decided to read the last few chapters just to see how it ends. I had heard that it didn't have a happy ending but I couldn't disagree more. The last few chapters make the whole book. I don't like spoilers, but ...more
Nov 11, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked a pretty decent Holt to start with. I had been interested in reading the author since Lauren Willig (whose Pink Carnation books I adore) mentioned that a Holt book was an influence on her Night Jasmine installment in the Pink series. The Legend of the Seventh Virgin is always engaging and has a nice tone of melodrama throughout. The lead character is a bit problematic, though she has a great name: Kerensa Carlee. Appropriately soap opera-ish, no? She is complex but not likeable enough i ...more
Kelley Ross
This book reminded me a lot of Jane Eyre, which probably explains why I liked it so much. At first the setting was hard to get used to because it was so foreign, but as the book went on Cornwall grew to seem more and more like England. I never quite got used to Mellyora's name, which sounds strange every time I pronounce it in my head. Kerensa is a very strong character and I really enjoyed the fact that her Spanish looks were dramatized throughout the novel. The ending was a surprise and didn't ...more
Susan Williams
If you're a gothic romance enthusiast, they don't make 'em better than this. I got hooked on Victoria Holt as a high school junior. Her gothic romances actually have storylines and just enough sex to hint at but not overwhelm a sheltered teenager. Holt, also writing under the pseudonym Jean Plaidy and Phillipa Carr infuses her romances with regional and historical references.

The Legend of the Seventh Virgin spins the tale of strong willed cottage girl, Kerensa Carlee. Kerensa is fascinated by th
Phil Syphe
Jan 24, 2016 Phil Syphe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although not the most exciting of plots throughout, certain scenes were expertly drawn, proving highly engaging. Certain elements were predictable but the unfolding events were well-crafted enough for this to not matter.

One episode near the end of the book, which I won’t describe in detail as it would serve as a spoiler, had potential to be ten times more enthralling than it actually transpired to be, owing to Ms Holt underplaying it. Every so often I read a book like this in which the author cr
Sheryl Tribble
Mar 07, 2014 Sheryl Tribble rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A not-very-gothic-y gothic. There's an old abbey complete with haunting historical legend that has multiple impacts on the heroine, but the closest we get to a brooding hero is the cold-hearted guy her best friend crushes on, who never remotely interests the heroine in a romantic sense. And it's not so much about the heroine being persecuted by vague evil forces as it is about a willful heroine striving to get her dreams by any means possible.

The writing is solid and the characters interesting
Aug 20, 2016 Ceruleancat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Slow read as I have labyrinthitis and reading is not easy. And I hate it. Picked up the book because it was in my car when I was getting an MRI of my head and had to wait...and wait.

I love the smell of this book: that old-book smell, pages tanned and fragrant, the print slightly faded. It's written in 1964, apparently, in that modern faux Gothic, faux-Victorian of English countryside, romanticised class warfare, and the heroine who is proud, headstrong, and of course, beautiful. There's a reall
Jun 23, 2014 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great story. Didn't end like the other Victoria Holt books I have read so far but it made me love it more for that reason.
Melissa Morales
This is the story of Kerensa Carlee, an young orphaned child who left the fishing village she was born and raised in, with her young brother, after the death of her father. She heads to the town of St. Larnston to find the maternal grandmother she had never met. Life with Granny Bee, a wise woman, is good. They have a small warm cottage and food to eat thanks to Granny Bee's clients who are always leaving food and other gifts in thanks to her help with herbs and the powers they say she has to se ...more
Penelope Marzec
This was the second time I read this book. I read it previously when I was considerably younger--decades ago. Though I've always been a fan of Victoria Holt, I didn't find this book as intriguing as some of her other efforts. I suspect this was due to the heroine's character. I found her too self-centered. Nevertheless, the secondary characters, the setting, and the historical details were all well-done.
Chhaya Verma
It may seem odd. But i couldn't bring myself to like this book. it's such a boring stuff. Yeah, some characters like - kerensa and mellyora are perfectly written but there are still many more things which makes a story unforgettable and this book lacks them. I didn't mean to offend someone or their views, this is just my point of view.
Andrea Hickman Walker
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Kayla Tornello
Oct 28, 2014 Kayla Tornello rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
I'm not sure that I liked this story so much as I liked the feeling of suspense throughout the book. The characters aren't particularly likable, but I enjoyed the setting in an old convent turned into a grand home. Mostly, I just wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen next.
Karen Hogan
I wanted to like this gothic romance by Victoria Holt, but it just fell flat for me. When certain parts of a book seem unbelievable, I lose interest.
Nov 27, 2015 Noemia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A complicated story about a complicated ambitious girl who lived in a cottage in the woods of Cornwall and whose main ambition was one day become the Lady of St. Larnston Abbas, a purpose that eventually she achieved but things didn't turn out quite as she planned in the end.
This was the first book I read from Victoria Holt back maybe in 1988 when I bought the portuguese version( I didn't register the reading dates then). Now that I can no longer buy books in Portuguese due to some stupid law th
May 07, 2015 Ralynn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got kinda bored with the story. I never really figured out how the legend of the seventh virgin played in the story.
Jul 22, 2009 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so this book was really hard to get into and didn't really pick up until almost half way through, the characters in it were pretty much despicable (including the heroine who as far as I can tell had NO redeeming qualities whatsoever), and it ended oddly and dissatisfying. That all being said, I actually really kind of liked it. It would have been better if the heroine had redeemed herself and become someone I could root for, or even like, or if there had been a better climax at the end. Bu ...more
I grew up reading my mom's Victoria Holt novels, and I am still a sucker for historical romances, although I know I'm supposed to be too sophisticated and well-educated to like pulp fiction like this. ;) However, this book was far below Holt's usual quality. Extraordinarily melodramatic, with a very unlikable heroine, and a Cornwall dialect that seemed tortured and unnatural -- I can't say I'll ever read this one again. It was remarkable only in that *SPOILER* it had an unhappy ending -- the onl ...more
Aug 16, 2014 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it...great characters!
always good
Jun 20, 2009 Shannon added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love V.H. and everyone else
Recommended to Shannon by: My mum
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Aug 01, 2011 Karen added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Gothic
Recommended to Karen by: My mother
Shelves: to-reread, wishlist
This is the first book I ever read by Victoria Holt. My mother leant it to me. It was amazing as I was still in school at the time. After almost 35 years I still remember the story. I think of all the books I've read and am still reading by Victoria Holt, Phillippa Carr, and of course Jean Pilady; it is my favorite.

I wish I had a copy. I'd love to re-read it.
Esta novela es diferente de las que le leido de esta autora bajo este seudonimo pero me parecio una version un poco light de una que escribio bajo el seudonimo de Jean Plaidy "Lilith".
Me gusto pero no me encanto. La protagonista es ambiciosa pero, paga las maldades que hace para lograr sus caprichos. Y al final aprende la lección.
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