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Tregaron's Daughter

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,524 Ratings  ·  128 Reviews
Excitement, drama and suspense were only part of Cadi Tregaron's new life. It had been a sunny afternoon when she glanced from the cliff where she sat reading and saw below her in the sea a sight that would change her life.

Set in England and Italy in 1910, this is the story of a young English girl who by accident starts to unravel the unknown elements of her grandmother's
Hardcover, 251 pages
Published 1971 by Doubleday
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I think if I hadn't OD'd on too many gothic romantic suspense novels lately, I would have liked this one better. So I'm going to give it the benefit of the doubt and round up.

Cadi (short for Caterina, her Italian grandmother's name) Tregaron is a fisherman's daughter, living in Cornwall in the early 1900's. When she's 17, she and her father help rescue a gentleman who's been caught in a small sailboat, in a treacherous undertow. Mr. Morton and his handsome nephew, Lucian Farrel, than
Carolyn Hill
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Madeleine Brent was one of my favorite authors in the 70's and 80's and Merlin's Keep is an all-time fave I've re-read several times. So I was excited when I stumbled upon a romantic suspense of hers not in our local library that I hadn't read. This was actually the first by Madeleine Brent, a pseudonym for Peter O'Donnell, a British writer most known for his serialized adventure strip and novels about Modesty Blaise. I knew nothing about this when I first read the Madeleine Brent books, and I s ...more
Diane Lynn
First book I have read by this author. The author's real name is Peter O'Donnell. It is hard for me to believe this was written by a man.

Cadi Tregaron, a fisherman's daughter, moves from Cornwall to Kent due to circumstances that I don't want to give away. She is a smart, independent, talented sort, no surprise there. Cadi has had a recurring dream all her life, actually two dreams, a good version and a bad version. She is surprised to find out that she has an inheritance, a very large inheritan
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads, gothics
As I wasn't able to get a copy of this via my library or Paperbackswap .com, I resorted to reading the Reader's Digest condensed version. I expect that my 3 star rating is a reflection of this, as the story wasn't as fluid or compelling as it probably would be in the unabridged version.

Nonetheless, writer Madeleine Brent penned a nicely atmospheric story of a Cornish fisherman's daughter who finds danger and romance in the fabled city of Venice, Italy.

I will certainly be on the lookout for more
Bree (AnotherLookBook)
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
A historical novel about a woman who lives a quiet life in Cornwall with her fisherman father, until a series of strangers and events lead her to Venice and a possible inheritance. 1971.

Full review at Another look book

Another winner from Madeleine Brent. I didn't love it quite as much as I ADORED Golden Urchin, but it was still very much worth reading. Once again, Brent has also written a female protagonist who is so strong and capable, without falling back on that haughty, arrogant personality
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: gothic and mystery lovers
Contrary to what usually happens after reading a book after many years, this one certainly didn't disappoint, quite the opposite, actually, it has definitely stood the test of time.

'Tregaron's Daughter' is an excellently written story about fisherman's daughter who's life abruptly changes after her father passed away in an accident. She is taken into a new world where she finds happiness until the discovery of her real identity puts her life in danger and has her surrounded by people who aren't
Oct 31, 2010 rated it liked it
I have really enjoyed these Madeleine Brent/Peter ODonnell books. The writer did a lot of research on the locations and cultures. They are pretty formulaic, but that is kind of what makes them good. They are all adventure stories with a little romance thrown in. They are great light, escape yarns for an afternoon read. They are kind of hard to find because they were originally published in the 70s. Despite some of the lust-in-the-dust covers they are extremely clean and even appropriate for youn ...more
Vivi Gil
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tregaron’s Daughter: A Quick and Fun Romantic Mystery
Reading a book made up of a mix of mystery and romance is a perfect way to escape the troubles of real life. Cadi, a young and courageous protagonist goes through events that she never expected to happen and will change her life forever. You feel like you are right there with her living through an adventure of a lifetime. Mysteries are solved but new ones arise; you are sitting at the edge of your seat. You want to keep reading through Tregar
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tregaron's Daughter has predictable gothic story line but is an engaging read. Plus, the heroine is not a ninny.
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Cadi Tregaron grew up a fisherman's daughter in Cornwall. Educated by a tutor and her Italian grandmother, Cadi is far from ordinary and knows she's meant for greater things. When tragedy strikes in her life, Cadi must find a new home. In the process, she learns dangerous secrets about her family's history.

Cadi is such a great heroine. She's honest with herself, courageous, but not too perfect. I love how true to the time period she is. She fits perfectly into that era following Victoria's rule;
Jun 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Enjoyable, and surfacely compelling though basically predictable, which makes it less suspensful. An easy, fun read for a long summer day. I was a bit annoyed by how often the author foreshadows what is going to happen and constantly tries to manipulate your emotions instead of just letting the story unfold on it's own, but this was a first book and they do get better. Though more sinister in it's themes than "Moonraker's Bride", I once again appreciated how clean the underlying tones were and t ...more
Carol Kerry-green
I love Madeleine Brent's novels, and this one was no exception. The atmosphere was excellent, with Cadi being completely unsure who she could or couldn't trust, and the reader is kept guessing - though once you've read it a couple of times you of course know who to trust, but still the writing is so good that I still questioned motives a couple of times!
Jan 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
I read this for the first time with my sister, Erin, while we were in high school. We were camping, and we stayed up and read to each other with a flashlight. We loved it! A perfect book for the young romance reader and a great light escape book for the experienced reader.
Jan 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all my friends
Shelves: adult-fiction, own-it
This is a perfect example that you never know when a good book/author will fall into your lap. Author, Madeleine Brent (aka Peter O'Donnell) is wonderful! The story was engaging, the characters well written. I could not put it down. I loved it!
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-adore
Can't say enough good things about this one - a new favorite!
Cricket Muse
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Books truly should not be judged by their covers because if one did so, Tregaron's Daughter would surely be easily dismissed. Fortunately, I ignored the overwrought 70's blue-hued illustration which hinted at ghostly encounters and found myself plunged into an exciting well-written tale that falls into the lines of Mary Stewart, Daphne du Maurer, and DE Stevenson.
Caterina is an admirable heroine of this gothic tale. Plot twists, and ample red herrings guarantee a good read.
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Spirited, good-hearted heroine; lovely settings (English countryside, London and Venice); old-fashioned; light gothic romance; light suspense: these components make a lovely read to me. A girl's brave actions save the life of a man sailing in Cornwall. Her life later becomes intwined with his and his somewhat odd family, which later leads to discovering the mysterious past of her own grandmother.
Serena Vonkchalee
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My favorite book that I can remember. The story is thrilling, with so many parts that come together gracefully in the end. I am in love with this book and can't wait for time to pass so I can read it again.
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this when searching for books like Du Maurier's Jamaica Inn. I wanted something similarly over the top but literary. This is more the former than the latter, but the prose is solid enough to scratch the itch. I'll be reading more by "Madeline Brent."
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Dramatic/Gothic - not usually my style (altho lately it seems to be) but a fun read; I've been needing some easy fiction to get me going again & this did the trick.
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was a delightful, gothic romp through 20th century England and Venice. Gothic novels are my favorite genre, but this was probably the most intense one I have ever read. It had all of the classic gothic traits, but the storyline was also fast- paced and thrilleresque once I got about halfway through. There was mystery, romance, murder, family secrets, and high- speed chases down the canals of Venice. I was pleasantly surprised about how well- plotted the story was... Definitely 5 stars!
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Where should I start?! This book was awesome! I found an old copy on my mom's bookshelf awhile ago and finally decided to actually read it. I've heard a lot of good things about Madeleine Brent, so after another recommendation from dear Mom, I started.

And I couldn't stop.

It took me about a week to read, true, so of course I did stop a few times. I stopped when it got too noisy because it is one of those books that needs to be read in complete silence to fully appreciate it (unless you don't like
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it
A gothic style romance set in turn of the century England and Italy. It took a while for the story to get warmed up in my opinion but I do like this authors books.
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved it. I liked the writing style very much and the story was very interesting. Kept me guessing and the twists and reveals didn't feel contrived.
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Victoria Holt, Gothic books
I miss reading Victoria Holt terribly, but reading any Madeleine Brent book is the closest I found so far. The style in writing is similar, as well as several other aspects. In fact, the beginning of the story is very much alike to Bride of Pendorric: Cadi lives in a fishing town, her mother passed away when she was younger, and her father is a fisherman. They met a foreigner (who is going to be a big part in Cadi's life later on). Her father dies in the sea, and she comes to live with Mr. Morto ...more
Although Madeleine Brent is not a new writer, I had not read her before so was pleasantly surprised at how good this book is. With the death of her father, Cadi Tregaron goes to live in London with the family of Morton. Although she is very happy with them, two people puzzle her, Mr. Morton's son, Richard and his nephew, Lucien. These men seem quite strange to her. There is also a mystery in her past, her grandmother having been rescued from a near drowning near Nsples, Italy. It was here her gr ...more
May 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: old-fashioned
Cadi Tregaron is the daughter of a Cornish fisherman and lives in the coastal town of Mawstone during the early 20th century. Cadi loves her simple life as a fisherman's daughter, but sometimes feels restless and wants to see and do more than she can in her circumstances. Cadi never imagined that a daring sea rescue would change her life forever, helping her solve family mysteries and even taking her all the way to Italy.

The plot of this book is so complex, it is really hard to summarize satisfa
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first novel by Madeleine Brent and I see many more to be read in the future! I was pleasantly surprised by the complex plot and how fluidly the story unfolds. Cadi herself is a terrific heroine: both kind-hearted and tough, pretty emancipated for her time but still believable. I liked her from the beginning.

There are quite a few suspensefull scenes including boating accidents, bolting horses and attacks on a train. Throughout the book I wasn't bored for a second. While not as beautif
I've read this book about 5 times and am lucky enough to own a copy. This book going out of print is sooo unfortunate. It's a great story with love and mystery. Cadi is amazing. I loved her from the beginning and cheered for her the whole way through. The writing is neat and descriptive. I don't want to ruin the plot but I will say that I am immediately hooked every time I read it even though I know what's going to happen. It's impossible to put this book down. Tregaron's Daughter is one of my f ...more
Shirley Roundy
Jan 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love historical romances and Madeline Brent is my favorite author of them. My search only came up with "Tregan's Daughter" and it is one of three that are my favorites. "Moonraker's Bride" and "The Golden Urchin" are the other two books I love by her. They have interesting stories, lovable heroines, and there is always a mystery to solve. "The Golden Urchin" is about a baby girl that is found by aborigines in Australia after her parents are murdered. She ends up going on a walk about when she ...more
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Madeleine Brent is a pseudonym used by Peter O'Donnell.

Peter O'Donnell was born on 11 April 1920 in Lewisham, London, England, UK. He was interested in writing as a child, and began writing professionally at the age of 16. During World War II he served in the Royal Signals Corps, and was stationed in Persia, Syria, Egypt, the Western Desert, Italy, and Greece. After the war, he worked as a comic s
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“I was interested when Mr. Morton talked in this manner, giving his thoughts on the way of the world. I knew that most men of his generation fumed at what they considered lack of propriety and dangerous freedom of modern young women, but Mr. Morton was above all a fair and just man, without prejudices. I had once overheard him saying to Colonel Rodsley, 'Certainly I agree with you that women are not the equals of men, Colonel. But neither are men the equals of women. They are quite simply different creatures, thank God, and not to be compared. But that one should be subordinate to the other in the eyes of the law is an injustice I hope to see rectified before I die.” 4 likes
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