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Book Title: The Legend of the Seventh Virgin|
The author of the book: Victoria Holt
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Reader ratings: 7.6
Date of issue: June 1st 1965
ISBN 13: 9780385006095
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.88 MB
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This is one of Victoria Holt's earlier books, and I really liked it because it's somewhat different in tone from many 1960s gothics. The heroine, Karensa Carlee, is a bit of an antiheroine. Early on, we learn that she grew up poor in the cottages surrounding a grand estate in Cornwall. The gulf between her social station and that of the St. Larnston family owning the estate looms large in her life.
Through a series of chance circumstances, Karensa ends up being befriended by Mellyora, daughter of the local vicar. Her life then starts to become more deeply intertwined with that of the St. Larnstons. And of course, there is the local legend speculating that their great house, a former convent, may in fact be haunted.
In a genre where the heroines are often sweet, wide-eyed and innocent, I found Karensa both frustrating and refreshing. Instead of being docile and pliable, she burns with ambition and has an edge of ruthlessness that many heroines lack (or at least hide.) The Cornwall setting vividly written and if you like books involving homes burdened by troublesome histories, this one would definitely fit the bill.
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Read information about the authorLibrarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. Jean Plaidy which had sold 14 million copies by the time of her death. She chose to use various names because of the differences in subject matter between her books; the best-known, apart from Plaidy, are Victoria Holt (56 million) and Philippa Carr (3 million). Lesser known were the novels Hibbert published under her maiden name Eleanor Burford, or the pseudonyms of Elbur Ford, Kathleen Kellow and Ellalice Tate. Many of her readers under one penname never suspected her other identities.
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