Even if Holt's books are deemed to be formulaic and predictable, still, I can always expect a good, engaging and suspenseful read every time I pick up...moreEven if Holt's books are deemed to be formulaic and predictable, still, I can always expect a good, engaging and suspenseful read every time I pick up any one of her novels.
I have to admit that Holt's books aren't without fault. Her characters may not be consistently multifaceted, her plot usually follows a single pattern which you can ultimately guess what's going to happen in the end and of course the love story feels awkwardly contrived. But despite all the minor setbacks I have with most of her novels (except for a noted few like On the Night of the Seventh Moon, Secret For A Nightingale or King of the Castle), my craving for her books remains strong and there is always an urge to read another one. Because if there's one thing Holt excels at, it is her vivid and fluid writing. She makes it seem so effortless and I envy her for that. The amount of books that she has published is a definite testament to her penmanship. That I can say for certain.
Seven for a Secret may be an interesting read but it sadly falls into the same trap that I have mentioned earlier. Like most cases, there would be a connection between one that was saved and the one doing the saving. It may be a psychological thing, though I'm not really sure how it works. But the book clearly emphasize on this and made it the foundation of the relationship between the two main leads.
Unfortunately, no matter how much time the author spent on concreting the romance it still felt like it was lacking in some areas. I'm not pernickety but when it comes to my books, I just like to make sense of things if you get what I mean?
...Okay fine! So I'm a bit fussy. Sue me! ;]
But I digress. So back on topic.
For instance, the realization of the attraction. One moment they were in cahoots (not in the romantic sense, mind you) to protect Flora's state of mind and when that was over and done with it (or so they initially thought), they discovered that their relationship wasn't as platonic as they thought it was and was absolutely certain that they couldn't live without each other anymore. It could be because of the string of incidences that had brought them together or maybe circumstances prevented them from realizing their feelings earlier. But whatever it is and call me cynical if you must, the flow of things was bit unnatural. Well, there wasn't much chemistry to begin with so it comes as no surprise that the whole thing seems a bit stilted.
Even so, if you're ever looking for something romantically light, but mysterious and compelling at the same time, look no where. You might want to give this book a try, though I should warn you that Seven for a Secret isn't Holt's best effort. But even her most mediocre effort is infinitely better than a mere Harlequin.(less)
The reason why I like Victoria Holt's novels is because she always manages to demonstrate her precise penmanship in her books. I'm sure I've mentioned...moreThe reason why I like Victoria Holt's novels is because she always manages to demonstrate her precise penmanship in her books. I'm sure I've mentioned before that I love her writing. It never fails to be evocative and well-written.
For all my compliments, there's a lot to be said about the storyline for this book, unfortunately. I found myself rolling my eyes over certain decisions and motives made by the characters. There was nothing remotely interesting going on in this book. I was tempted to just call it quits but decided against it and slogged right through it. What a waste of my time. I definitely wouldn't recommend this book, especially to those who are new to Victoria Holt or even long time fans of the author. It's undeniably a 'Miss,' this book is. (less)
Another pleasant read by Victoria Holt. It wasn't spectacular by any means but it sure makes for an entertaining read every now and then.
I've always l...moreAnother pleasant read by Victoria Holt. It wasn't spectacular by any means but it sure makes for an entertaining read every now and then.
I've always liked the author's writing. It's vivid and descriptive; and never tedious.
I didn't really like the love interest in this book. He was such a bastard and he was so blatantly obvious about his philandering ways. Didn't even see the need of hiding it from the main chick. Rather, he enjoyed flaunting his relationships.
I'd love to say that I enjoyed following the female protagonist's journey but that would have been a big fat lie. Her personality wasn't the worst I've encountered but she was a fairly tepid character in all honesty.
The spring of the tiger has some nice writing and a colorful setting. My only beef is with the characters. The relationship between MC and her love interest was beyond unhealthy and frustrating; and the supporting characters never truly came to life.