Admidst the lush romance of victorian London, Florence and Paris, a deadly family rivalry is born. A silk manufacture's family split, a young unwed mother, who dies at childbirth, The Grandmother who protects and raises Lenore up to be an independant business woman, who experiences tradegy in her marriage and heartbreak as she reaches out for a new love. An old family enemy becomes her champion. She finds excitement and love with her handsome and charming defender.
An English estate and a wealthy family and mystery.
Lenore and her grandmother live in, but are not neither relatives nor servants in a rich English manor house, which contributes to both romance and mystery typical of Holt's historical novels. This one is divided between France and England as the drama unfolds.
***Set in Victorian London, Florence, and Paris, this book surrounds the making of a silk empire.
The two main characters in The Silk Vandetta by Victoria Holt are Lenore and her grandmother. They spent all their lives together. They were the only real family they had. One incident that made me really like the book was when Lenore's grandmother found Lenore's father. Lenore then met her father for the first time in her life. When her father found out that she wanted to open a branch of her clothing shop in Paris but she and her grandmother didn't have the money to do it, her father offered to pay for all the expences. At first her pride kept her from letting him pay. But after time her grandmother and sister-in-law wore her down. She then accepted the money from her father so that she could live out her dream. This book took me in from the first page. I love the discription. The scenes it describes seem to jump off the page and into reality. The charcters are so lovable and real. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves romance and suspence.
Back cover: As long as she can remember, the exquisite Lenore Cleremont has lived at The Silk House, the luxurious English country estate of the wealthy Sallonger family. Neither a slave nor a servant, she has grown into a young woman who has shown promise as a dress designer. But she has also won the heart of the two charismatic Sallonger sons. Then tragedy strikes. And Lenore finds herself playing a central role in a drama that threatens to destroy everything she holds dear....
This is a good Victoria Holt book. There is a nice, unexpected twist in the middle that changes the whole ending. I like that. :-)
Lenore Cleremont has lived atThe Silk House the luxurious English country estate of the wealthy Sallonger family. Neither servant nor true member of the family, she has grown up under the protection of her Grand'mere who designs the luxurious gowns for the family's vast silk trade in the mansion's attic rooms. Lenore shows promise as a dress designer herself.
A bitter family rivalry spawns lover and murderous revenge.