Bride of Pendorric Author:Victoria Holt When Favel Farrington met Roc Pendorric on the Italian Island where she lived with her father, they fell deeply in love, and there was no reason to suspect that they would not live happily ever after. Then Favel's father was drowned while swimming, a circumstance that was as puzzling to Favel as it was heartbreaking. No one could have been more ... more »devoted during these sad days than Roc, and when he took her home to Pendorric, the ancient family home on the Cornish cliffs, no family could have welcomed her more warmly than Roc's sister, her husband, and twin daughters. In fact everyone in the house and the village was eager to meet "the bride of Pendorric."
At first this phrase amused Favel. Then she found herself looking more and more often at the portraits of two other Brides of Pendorric who had died young and tragically - one of them Roc's own mother. The very stones of Pendorric seemed to be waiting for her to slip; the coutyard seemed to have eyes. And was there speculation even in the eyes of the young twins, who watched her constantly? Did she imagine it, or was Roc curiously attentive to other women at Pendorric -- and did his absence grow more frequent? Surely no legend, no evil out of the past could threaten their happiness. Surely Roc's love for her had not been pretense.
At last, in a terrifying moment, Favel can no longer dismiss as accident the strange things that are happening to her at Pendorric. She must confront the very real dangers of the present.
Victoria Holt was a pen-name of Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert, who also published as Phillipa Carr, Jean Plaidy, and others.« less