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Subject: Gothic Mystery-Romance fans--please help me identify an old book?
Date Posted: 8/15/2010 5:36 PM ET
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As a teenager (40+ years ago!) I spent many happy hot summer days under the window AC, reading gothic romance/mystery novels.  Have gotten nostalgic lately and am trying to find one I read probably in the late 60's.  Here's what I remember:

2 sisters, in historic London, probably Regency or Victorian era; lost in a 'bad' part of town (can't remeber why); witness a death/murder of a mother & baby (or maybe just the aftermath of it); older sister extremely traumatized to the point that her wits are a bit scambled.  They're rescued by our hero, who is handsome/titled/wealthy, of course, decides he must marry one of them to save their reputations; plans to marry the older one but she's too fearful, so he marries the younger one but pays little attention to the marriage (which starts out 'in name only').  His new wife manages to seduce him, becomes pregnant, the 2 sisters get kidnapped by the earlier villains, younger sister goes into labor and older sister does something that makes her think she saved the baby, husband hero rescues all, happy ever after...

At least that's how I remember it.  Does it sound familiar to anybody?  I read a lot of Jane Aiken Hodge, Victoria Holt, Dorothea Malm, Antonia Lamb back then.  If I had to pick from those, I'd guess it was Antonia Lamb or maybe Jane Aiken Hodge, but have a feeling it was neither....

Date Posted: 8/16/2010 9:35 AM ET
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That story sounds very familiar Joy- I believe you're looking for Ravenscroft by Dorothy Eden. A creepy Gothic about 2 sisters in Victorian London. I also read it as a teen way back when! LOL

eta- here's a link to an available copy- Ravenscroft



Last Edited on: 8/16/10 9:40 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/16/2010 9:41 AM ET
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Yay!  I think you may be right!  I read a lot of Dorothy Eden's books, and remember reading that title (but didn't rememeber the plot).  I'll check it out. 

Why does "old age" bring on nostalgia?   :)

Date Posted: 8/20/2010 11:21 PM ET
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Ravenscroft was the book, I'm reading it now.  Thanks, Rose P.!