Jamaica Inn ~ Daphne Du Maurier (Author) 5*
Jamaica Inn is a true classic. After the death of her mother, Mary Yellan travels to Jamaica Inn on the wild British moors to live with her Aunt Patience. The coachman warns her of the strange happenings there, but Mary is committed to remain at Jamaica Inn. Suddenly, her life is in the hands of strangers: her uncle, Joss Merlyn, whose crude ways repel her; Aunt Patience, who seems mentally unstable and perpetually frightened; and the enigmatic Francis Davey. But most importantly, Mary meets Jem Merlyn, Joss's younger brother, whose kisses make her heart race. Caught up in the danger at this inn of evil repute, Mary must survive murder, mystery, storms, and smugglers before she can build a life with Jem.
Mission to Malaspiga ~ Evelyn Anthony (Author) 4*
Moving from New York and Beverly Hills to Rome and the burnished gold loveliness of Florence and the Tuscan hill towns, here is a riveting novel of a beautiful young woman who sets out to pay a debt of love to a dead brother, only to come face to face with her own heritage - a heritage of passion and death.
Mistress of Mellyn ~ Victoria Holt (Author) 5*
Originally published nearly 40 years ago, this gothic classic has been frightening, romancing, and winning fans ever since. Part Jane Eyre, part Rebecca and all good, clean, campy fun, Mistress of Mellyn will keep you tearing through the pages, and looking for copies to lend out to friends.
Our heroine Martha Leigh is a prim and freshly minted governess who has been hired by the remote and demanding Connan TreMellyn to care for his daughter Alvean. As the departure of the three prior governesses suggests, Alvean is a difficult charge, though understandably so since the recent death of her mother, Alice. As Martha tries to connect with Alvean, she researches the history of Mellyn, and discovers hidden family secrets that still haunt the present. Now familiar with Alvean, she feels herself falling for Connan. Though the desire between Martha and Connan grows, Alice's tragic death continues to haunt them both and endanger any future they may have.
A delightful combination of highbrow writing and lowbrow sentiments, Mistress of Mellyn is a guilt-free treat you can indulge in. The romance, suspense, and mystery tromp across the pages with predictable frequency, and there are enough dark looks and dark corridors for any gothic fan.
High Valley ~ Jessica North (Author) 4*
Hidden in the mountains of Mexico is a secret and beautiful world called the High Valley. It is a colorful world of bullfights and serenades, but for a young Alison it becomes a terrifying prison of malice and violence. She is quickly caught up in a struggle for power she cannot understand, and too late she discovers the nature of the tragedy that hunts the valley.
Thunder Heights ~ Phyllis A. Whitney (Author) 4*
It is about a young woman who arrives at her grandfather's estate to see her dying grandfather. She finds that the house is filled with people that are hard to figure out until later in the book. I find this is a wonderful book to read.
Tregaron's Daughter ~ Madeleine Brent (Author) 5*
The story is about a young girl, Cadi Tregaron, who lives in the small fishing village of Mawstone, Cornwall and who hopes one day to see more of the world. Then by a turn of events, she gets to see more than she ever hoped for, and not all good....questioning who are her friends, and who are not. This story has oodles of intrigue, and more than a few twists and turns along the way. And it ends with a bang! Love it Love it Love it.
6 condensed novels from Reader's Digest. Jamaica Inn by Maurier, Mission to Malaspiga by Anthony, Misstress of Mellyn by Holt, The High Valley by North, Thunder Heights by Whitney, and Tregaron's Daughter by Brent.
Six different stories, that were all a great read.