The Landower Legacy Author:Victoria Holt With her gift for breathing life into history, the world's best-loved writer of romantic suspense evokes late Victorian England - its manners, dress, and gossip; its funerals and masked balls; its fortune hunters; its rigid morality and furtive sinning. — In 1887,in the excitement of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee, fourteen-year-old Caroline Tre... more »ssidor blurts out a secret. Though it is a secret she does not understand, her punishment is swift: Her beautiful mother disappears; her father banishes Caroline to a family estate in Cornwall. There, puzzled and lonely, she begins a search for understanding that takes her back to London and to heartbreak; sends her to the South of France and a romantic reunion with the man she has learned to love and fear; returns to Cornwall, to tragedy and a desperate murderer; and ends ten years after its beginnings as she watches the plain little Queen celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.
Against the rich background of historical detail that is her hallmark, Victoria Holt creates a colorful story, a spirited, outspoken heroine, and characters of depth and reality; among them the Landower brothers, whose desperation to save their vast holdings spawns a legacy of hatred and death.
With an unbroken succession of more than twenty-five international bestsellers and sales of more than 50,000.000 copies to her credit, Victoria Holt has reigned for more than two decades as queen of romantic suspense novelists. She "dominates the field," says TIME magazine, and she is the standard by which others in it are judged.
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"I galloped across the moor. I could hear his horse's hoofs thundering along behind me. The wind pulled at my hair and I thought how different it could have been. And I almost wept with frustration. I could have loved him and I believe he could have cared for me; and between us there was Landower, which had had to be saved, and Gwennie, who bought him so that he was bound to her for the rest of their lives."« less