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book club guide: Bride of Pendorric

• Note: Book Club Guides contain spoilers! Do not proceed unless you’ve read the book. BRIDE OF PENDORRIC BY VICTORIA HOLT Book Club Guide 1. Did you have trouble dating this story? No year is mentioned until a good way in, and is an estimated date. Was this distracting for you? 2. The author has a tendency to use uncommon names for her characters. What is your opinion of the Cornish names in this story? 3. At the beginning of the story, while Favel and Roc are in Capri, did you suspect nefarious dealings between her father and newly acquired spouse? For what reason, did you believe, her father was acting so strange? 4. Of all the characters at Pendorric, which ones were suspect in…

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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 are now her family. Though she has a warm welcome from most of the family and staff, her newly acquired 12-year-old twin nieces are a source of curiosity and sometimes annoyance. While the exuberant Lowella seems eager to charm, the melancholy Hyson tends to trouble…

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First Line Friday: 5/5/17

“I often marveled after I went to Pendorric that one’s existence could change so swiftly, so devastatingly.” BRIDE OF PENDORRIC by Victoria Holt “Favel Farrington meets Roc Pendorric on the idyllic Mediterranean island of Capri, where she was raised and lives with her father. Roc sweeps her off her feet, taking her from her home by an emerald sea to the ancient family home of the Pendorrics, in Cornwall. His sister and her family await them with open arms, welcoming young Favel. She is the much anticipated Bride of Pendorric, a name that amuses and flatters her. The castle is beautiful in its way, but the atmosphere is foreboding. Roc’s twin nieces begin watching her carefully; even the stones in the courtyard seem to have…

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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 appearance. Not truly expecting an apparition, the girls are shocked when a young man steps out of the trees and sits to talk with them. He seems to give special attention to Cordelia, and when he takes his leave the girls all agree that it…

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