As the coach flies up
the Cornish coast, Sara sees the end of her journey: Ravencliff Manor.
But what sort of man would rescue her from debtors prison by marriage,
sight unseen, by proxy? Obviously, a wretch—the same sort of man who
lets a strange, wolf-like creature roam his grounds as if it were
master. Of course, Sara would have accepted the proposal of the Devil
himself to get out of Fleet, so she is resigned to her fate. Then she
meets her husband, hair black as sin and a handsome face, and all her
assurance vanishes. What strange curse has befallen Nicholas Walraven,
and what secrets does he hide? For good or ill, she is now…THE
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The Perfect Gothic Mystery Man Dark
and brooding and rumored to have done murder, the Devil Earl was
everything Prudence Lancaster's imagination could conjure. But he was
also flesh and blood, and infinitely more seductive than anything she
had ever created. In his presence, the dreamy authoress became a sultry
sleuth, hungry to solve the mystery of Ravenscar's missing brother and
save her beloved Devil Earl from his own wicked legacy...
"I do not believe in La maledetta," claimed Kate, but as the lovely young widow arrived in Belmare, she had to admit there was something disturbing about the abandoned villa by the sea. The mournful tolling of the bell, the crashing of the waves, the very walls seemed to whisper a warning. And the mysterious dark stranger whose midnight eyes studied her like a bird of prey...was he a ghost that only she could see or a man with all too human desires? With the face of a god and the voice of the devil, he seemed to appear whenever she was most vulnerable, tempting her as her late husband had never done, seducing her with visions of wild nights and sultry days. Was he new hope for her and the Villa Falcone or the spirit of doom that would destroy them both?
Kellaway, orphaned at age five, was raised by wealthy cousins, but was
never allowed to forget that her every advantage was owed to the charity
of others. However, when the son of a powerful London family asks for
her hand in marriage, her world is opened up to untold wealth and social
position. She never imagined that such an unlikely dream would come
Despite these wonderful new developments in her life, Ellen
continues to be wracked by the bad dreams that have haunted her since
childhood. What is the meaning of the lifelong nightmare—the image of
an unfamiliar room, a door opening and behind it a dreadful presence?
Perhaps it is a message urging her to uncover the secrets of her
long-lost family—the secrets of the ancient home of the Kellaways on the
Far Island, off the wild coast of Cornwall.
Victoria Holt was one of eight pen names for the British
author, Eleanor Hibbert. Her best-known pseudonyms were Jean Plaidy, Victoria Holt, and Philippa Carr, but she also
wrote under the names Eleanor Burford, Elbur Ford, Kathleen Kellow, Anne Percival, and Ellalice Tate. She was well
known for writing meticulously researched novels with strong plots and rich characterization.
The popular novels of Victoria Holt were those of romantic suspense set in
gloomy, old manor houses and were also known as gothic romance.
The definition most commonly found for gothic romance is a
romance that deals with desolate and mysterious and grotesque events. But, in
my opinion there is really much more to it than that. The beginnings of gothic
novels can be traced back to the late 18th and early 19th
centuries. These stories were mysterious and suspenseful, heavily tinged with
horror and terror, and often involved supernatural elements. The settings also
played an important part in these novels. They had dark backgrounds, such as castles,
medieval ruins, and monasteries. These usually were equipped with subterranean passages,
dark battlements and hidden panels. Some examples of these stories can be found
within the pages of The Castle of Otranto
by Horace Walpole, The Monk by
Matthew Lewis, Frankenstein by Mary
Shelley and the works of Ann Radcliffe.
Do you enjoy reading stories that blend horror, romance, and mystery with a touch or more of the supernatural? Welcome to Gothic Romance Novels! I've put together this blog to dedicate to my love for all things gothic and book related. I'll be exploring the world of gothic romance from its earliest beginnings in 1764 to it's more recent incarnation into paranormal romance. I hope you join me and add your thoughts and book suggestions. I'm creating a list of authors and books to the pages of this blog with the hopes of offering a selection to those in search of the hard-to-find gothic romance. As well, as books, I'm also hoping to collect inspiration for readers and writers who love this genre as I do.