The King of the Castle Author:Victoria Holt WHEN Dallas Lawson arrives at the Chateau Gaillard, in the rich wine growing country of southern France, She is received with astonishment by the members of the household. The widowed Comte de la Talle, whose family has ruled the chateau and its estates for centuries has summoned to his home "D Lawson" expert restorer of old paintings, expectin... more »g a man, not this severe young Englishwoman. Dallas is immediately captivated by the Chateau, with its towers and narrow windows, its ancient moat, its dungeons and oubliette, where centuries before, the de la Talles sent their enemies to a slow death. She is facinated with her work of restoration, and with one exquisite painting, half obscured by dust and age....the protrait of a young woman who is wearing the family emeralds, which mysteriouslydisappeared during the Revolution and have never been found. allas is viewed in strikingly, different ways by the members of the household...by the handsome, aloof Comte, respected and feared by all; by his temperamentl daughter, deeply affected by the death of her mother three years before, by the Bastide family, who have tended the chateau vineyards for generations.
from the moment she arrives, allas begins to hear strange rumors, about the Comte, and the manner in which his wife really died. Victoria Holt has written an intriguing story of romance and suspense, in the tradition of her best selling books.....« less