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The Changeling

(Daughters of England #15)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  424 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Rebecca Mandeville

The story of The Changeling is told by Angelet's daughter, Rebecca, who was born in Benedict Lansdon's grandfather's house in an Australian gold-mining township. Before Rebecca was born, her father had died saving another man's life. She had always looked up to him as a great hero and when she heard that her mother was to marry Benedict Lansdon, she was d
Mass Market Paperback, 369 pages
Published August 28th 1990 by Ivy Books (first published May 3rd 1989)
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Kathy Davie
Fifteenth in the Daughters of England historical fiction series in the gothic romance vein. The focus in this one is on a Victorian-era daughter, Rebecca Mandeville and her family.

My Take
A typical gothic romance with cozy overtones that thwart Carr's attempts to create tension and drama. I'm not sure if my frustration with this is due to how long ago this story was first released and the silly tropes used in this were typical of the writing styles when this was written or if this was an aberrati
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

The Changeling is not a mystery, nor is it a good historical novel, both of which are genres I love. Instead it is a stereotypical romance novel that just happens to be set in Victorian England. The author dropped a couple of names (Disraeli and Gladstone)and describes the Queen (in passing) as "a diminutive figure with an expression of gloom and an air of aloofness which was rather disconcerting." But this was not enough to truly leave the reader with a sense of the time or place in which the
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books from high school, this is the story of childhood sweethearts from Cornwall, a suitably dramatic setting for this gothic tale! This book has everything: deaths, ghosts, babies switched at birth, ravishments in old castles . . . and yet it's all very demurely done. I liked that quite a bit, it was very reminiscent of something like Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre. Affairs and other scandalous matters were spoken of with veiled comments and euphemisms that were in keeping wi ...more
An Odd1
Apr 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, romance
*** "The Changeling" by Philippa Carr aka Victoria Holt is an old-fashioned kiss-less romance in Victorian England, entangled in servant gossip and rising political ambition, with children and adults who can behave both well and ill. I had heard of Rebecca de Mandeville, but mistakenly connected with the story called Rebecca. Becca is born in Australia in the same fine house as Pedrek, and when her father dies saving his in a mine accident, both grow up in Cornwall, childhood sweethearts. I do n ...more
Apr 26, 2011 added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I just could not read this book. It was written well, the characters were fleshed out, the settings well described and plausible, but after 78 pages I just didn't care about the young lady's dislike of her stepfather and that was all that seemed to be discussed. As a rule I can't read this author's books fast enough so I honestly don't know what happened with this one.
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Part of a series of mother to daughter generations stories telling the history of England from Henry VIII to WW II. Fabulous to read them all in order. Each one is a gem; each is surprising and well written.

This reflects a bit of the eerie feeling that Victoria Holt is famous for; Phillipa Carr is another pen name.
Karen Dempsey
Feb 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Susie James
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Periodically, my weakness for authors that began in late teenage years erupts, and I have to read some of those novels! Just finished one from the paperback swap rack at the Carrollton library, "The Changeling", by Philippa Carr -- aka Victoria Holt. All right, I'll say the truth, I'd figured out the mysteriously veiled relationships well in advance! Shan't say anything more...
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another excellent installment in the gothic romance world of Philippa Carr (aka Victoria Holt). Yet another well done twist (had my suspicions throughout the book, but was not sure till the end). Historically accurate and interesting read.
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I was all along expecting that Leah had a secret child with the Frenchman,and that this would be revealed at some point in the story, but not the swapping of the babies by the midwife!
Mary Weibling
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Your typical Victorian novel.
Jan 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance
The writing was fine, but the storyline reminded me of a night-time drama or soap opera. I suppose it fits with when the book was written. Gotta love those 80s!
Gary Branson
Not as repetitious as some of the previous entries in this series. Plot was predictable. Good character development.
Sep 03, 2008 added it
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F Hol
Aug 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hist-fic
It is not too difficult to guess who the "changeling" is, but knowing in advance does not spoil the satisfaction of seeing what direction things take. Set in Victorian London and Cornwall.
Aug 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everybody lives happily ever after. Even the bad guys turn out not to be bad. A little sappy.
Tammie Elliott
book 14
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
felt this series was getting stuck in a rut of the same story rehashed but the last 2 books have given a fresh boost. hope it continues
Sandy Wirth
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book

Excellent book. The storyline has many twists and turns. I would highly recommend the author,Philippa Carr to all my friends.
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