review: Bride of Pendorric

Bride of Pendorric by Victoria Holt Nineteen-year-old Favel Farrington has lived most of her life with her parents on the Italian island of Capri. Having spent her younger years at the boarding school her mother attended in England, she never thought she’d go back, but her life is forever changed when Roc Pendorric of Cornwall read more »

The Queen and Lord M

I recently finished a book about the young Queen Victoria and her first Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne, titled Victoria by Daisy Goodwin. It sparked my interest in Plaidy’s version, The Queen and Lord M, which I have not read–although I have read the subsequent novel, The Queen’s Husband. The Queen and Lord M book description read more »

Lilith by Kathleen Kellow

Here’s another beautiful cover submitted by Oliver Carter from the UK! Lilith was first published by Robert Hale in 1954 under the pseudonym Kathleen Kellow, and later reprinted under the Jean Plaidy pen name. “For Amanda Leigh, only child of a stern, pious aristocrat, life is very dreary until a new servant joins the household. read more »

Audio Interview with Jean Plaidy

Desert Island Discs – Castaway : Jean Plaidy This is BBC’s Roy Plomley interviewing Jean Plaidy in June 1972. Click below for the audio from BBC’s website: Special thanks to Pauline of the Jean Plaidy / Victoria Holt Facebook Group who found the link originally on the website Eleanor Hibbert Explained. I typed the read more »

To Meet a Stranger by Eleanor Burford

Plaidy fan, Oliver Carter from the UK, sent this cover over to me to add to the site. To Meet a Stranger was published by Boons & Mill in 1957, and is a hard to find novel from the pen name Eleanor Burford. The author published under this pseudonym between 1941-1962 with a total of read more »

author’s note: Madonna of the Seven Hills

Madonna of the Seven Hills by Jean Plaidy BOOK DESCRIPTION The most beautiful woman in Rome, Lucrezia Borgia, was born into a family—and a destiny—she could not hope to escape . . . Fifteenth-century Rome: The Borgia family is on the rise. Lucrezia’s father, Pope Alexander VI, places his illegitimate daughter and her only brothers, read more »

The Time of the Hunter’s Moon

From the Doubleday 1983 hardcover edition: THE TIME OF THE HUNTER’S MOON by Victoria Holt Legend beckons a romantic schoolgirl to await her future husband in a forest at the time of the hunter’s moon. When a handsome stranger appears, Cordelia Grant wonders if she is dreaming. But time will prove this fateful encounter to read more »

review: The Queen’s Devotion (William’s Wife)

The Queen’s Devotion originally titled William’s Wife by Jean Plaidy BOOK DESCRIPTION: A daughter’s love. A monarch’s duty. On the road to greatness, one young woman must make an unthinkable choice. For Princess Mary, life has never been simple, but through it all the love of her father, the Duke of York, has been a read more »

review: Sweet Lass of Richmond Hill

Sweet Lass of Richmond Hill Georgian Saga #7 by Jean Plaidy Those looking for a romantic love story will not find it with this Georgian royalty novel. Maria Smythe Fitzherbert was a twice-widowed Catholic, planning to spend the remainder of her life living simply on her stipend. When she met the Prince (future King of read more »

review: The Star of Lancaster

The Star of Lancaster #11 in the Plantagenet Saga by Jean Plaidy One of the idiosyncrasies of Jean Plaidy’s writing is her style of encompassing mini-stories within the main story, weaving them all together. This she has done with The Star of Lancaster, covering an aging John of Gaunt, his rising son, Henry IV of read more »