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3.45  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The Towering Magnificent Story of a Romance, a Family, a House

The breathtaking romance of Cordelia and Jonathan - the governess and the Master of Moorhaven - begins the stormy saga that spans three generations at Moorhaven, the great stone house built on land stolen from the sea. The strange mystery haunting the house, the passionate family feuds, the secret love affairs
Paperback, 406 pages
Published 1973 by Avon Books
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Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Moorhaven by Daoma Winston is a 1973 Avon publication.

Oh my! This is type of Gothic mystery/romance I love! Many of you know I am a collector of vintage paperbacks, and I am especially fond of these Gothic novels that were so popular in the sixties and seventies before the big ‘bodice ripper’ phase took hold.

The covers of these books are simply wonderful, making them fun to display on my bookshelves, but I also like to read them. I’m a huge Gothic fan, from Jane Eyre to Dorothy Eden and Victori
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
A multi-generational saga of the Moorhaven family....a house and its inhabitants cursed....tragedy and madness. Spooky gothic elements add to the story's dark and sinister tone. Three generations, three stories following the men and women who lived and loved at Moorhaven. Very light on the romance side and stronger on the mystery/suspense. Fans of Victoria Holt's gothics would enjoy this one. ...more
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Buddy read with Lynn and Joanne :-)
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: incomplete
I feel like I wasted a lot of time on this book. The first 150 pages were Cordelia's story and it was good, but Dorinda and Cassie's stories were seriously lacking. I wish Daoma hadn't gone for an epic saga and instead focused on the more entertaining story. ...more
Catherine Chant
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read this back in the 70's when I was a teenager and LOVED it. Re-read a few years ago and some of the shine had come off (wasn't as good as I remembered), but to me it's still a classic gothic romance tale of love, tragedy and triumph. ...more
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
The cover says this is a romance novel. No it really isn't. It is however a great classic who done it story. Can't beat the classics. ...more
Carrie Dalby
Oct 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: gothic, family-saga
The only thing I didn't truly enjoy was that just as I was getting a feel for the characters and caring for them it jumped to the next generation's story. ...more
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I first read this back in the 1980's when I was in my 20's. I absolutely fell in love with this book and all of the characters. I can't remember them all, or specifics about the story, but do know it was my all time favorite and I recommended it whenever someone asked me what they should read next.

I just found a copy on E-bay and will be re-reading this again. I can use a bit of escape during this dreadful time, so I will be writing another review as soon as I finish it. I wonder if I will enjoy
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love that this had done elements not usually in a gothic. That said, its life three books in one and they all deserve a different rating.

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Sep 15, 2011 rated it liked it
A rather typical gothic romance, spanning 3 generations.
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Daoma Winston, was a prolific writer of Gothic romance and horror/thriller novels. All of her novels have a strong occult theme and usually feature ghosts, witches, demons or magic.

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