review: The Time of the Hunter’s Moon

The Time of the Hunter’s Moon by Victoria Holt Cordelia Grant, an English student at an exclusive finishing school in Switzerland, is enjoying her final term and looking forward to going home to her beloved aunt Patty and working as a schoolmistress. Cordelia and her friends decide to go on one last adventure together after hearing the local legend set during the Hunter’s Moon. It’s said that in a certain spot in the forest, one’s future husband will make an

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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 walks into her father’s art studio. Before long she is married and journeying to an ancient and formidable ancestral home to meet complete strangers who

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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: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009nbnm 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 below transcript by ear, so there may be some mistakes and discrepancies. Roy: Miss Plaidy, are you a Londoner? Plaidy: Yes. Roy: How old were

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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 be all too real and far beyond the reaches of a young girl’s imagination. Haunted by the memory of her mystery man, Cordelia begins a

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Mistress of Mellyn in Ladies Home Journal, April 1960

Before the age of the internet, how did a new author market his or her novel? One popular method was to publish segments in women’s magazines (called “serials”), and it happens that the very first Victoria Holt novel was published in the April 1960 issue of Ladies Home Journal. The magazine, pictured here beside my paperback version for size comparison, is much larger than today’s magazines. Other than a vague few lines on the index page, it is entirely story

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From Historical Fiction to Suspense: Victoria Holt’s Mistress of Mellyn

Today is the 20th anniversary of Eleanor Hibbert’s passing on January 18, 1993 and in honor of her memory I have taken on her first suspense novel, published in 1960 under the pseudonym Victoria Holt—Mistress of Mellyn. While I have previously read The Queen’s Confession and My Enemy, the Queen, both biographical historical novels have the exact same quality and style of her Jean Plaidy novels. In fact, I am unsure why they were even published under Holt, unless it

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review: My Enemy, the Queen

My Enemy, the Queen by Victoria Holt Lettice Knollys, the Countess of Leicester, because of her beauty and attractiveness, was a constant rival to Queen Elizabeth I. A Boleyn relation, she was summoned to court to attend the queen at an early age, and the Queen recognized her right away as one of those young women she would have to watch closely, less they become ‘wanton’ and stir up gossip in her court. Queen Elizabeth is described as coquettish towards

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