Victoria Holt: The Silk Vendetta

Plotted well characterised and well written The Silk Vendetta is about a woman who suffers the trials of being born out of wedlock Her parents are French but her mother ied in childbirth and her father Whispers Of The Heart did not have the guts to acknowledge her existence But Lenore Cleremont had a formidable grandmother who arranged excellent terms with her employer to send them to England to help in the business of another and rival branch of the familyThe employer is St Allengere Sallonger in England and the business happens to be the silk business Sallonger silk is excellent and good old Grandmere is their bestesigner Lenore gets educated with the girls of the big house but even so she feels the pinch of her lowly status especially as she grows up That is until she marries the prince Philip the younger Sallonger son All this is setting the scene After the honeymoon Philip The Dukes Gamble dies Is it murder accident or suicide After this the story moves rapidly as Lenore starts a business becomes famous and finds her repentant father Whew Theneaths happen and Lenore becomes a suspect bringing back the nightmares of Philip s Unmasking the Marquess (Hold Your Breath, death Why is this happeningIt s an excellent and well plotted story I can t say much for the romance stuff which is old fashioned and sexist but the mystery parts are excellent I liked Lenore but I would have liked her better if she had managed too some stuff on her own instead of always relying on her grandmother whom I hated The old woman treated her ward so like a baby that it was very annoying The French branch of the family was uite intriguing Holt Let Go draws back from painting anyone as completely evil wherein I think her strength lies Even though this means she gets a little tolerant about complete jerks this attitude tends to giveepth to her characters At least it Chatsfields Ultimate Acquisition did in this bookIf you are new to Holt maybe The Silk Vendetta is a good place to start 3 stars is a bit generous but I ll be nice because VH is a fave That said this isn t her best Itrags Major Westhavens Unwilling Ward (Hh dragsraaaags to the pace of a halfwit snail What s especially irksome is that the Big Reveal shows how good stuff is happening behind the scenes but we rarely see it because Lenore isn t Major Westhavens Unwilling Ward directly involved with the infamous Silk Vendetta she s only a peripheral piece of the puzzle Instead we get repetitive conversations rehashing of a few key points endless circling of the same few characters It s justflat And stilted Weirdly so given that VH s novels usually washown like hot chocolate There are a few good scenes it offers an interesting hook with a variety of heroes for Lenore but overall I wouldn t recommend this one except for iehard fan. N the heart of the two charismatic Sallonger sons Charles handsome but cruel and Philip as kind hearted as he is charmingBut tragedy is ready to strike Soon Lenore finds herself playing a central role in a rama that threatens to How to Disappear destroy everything she holdse.

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Dull as Act Like You Know dishwater Yet notull enough for me to stop reading which is a mystery in itself The plot isweird Through most of the book you forget that there is even a plot But at the end the mystery is solved while you re going like oh yeeeah there was a mystery I remember now Most of the characters are boring creatures with boring lives The only exception is the Comte who only makes an appearance at the very end I A Guide to Americas Sex Laws didn tislike this book but I Agewise didn t particularly like it either because as I said it was just so boring I was referred to Victoria Holt by a relative who said they were clean romance books Well I read three of her books before this one Kirkland Revels The Captive and Pride of the Peacock and while I wouldn t call them great literature they were enjoyable reads However I was sorelyisappointed in The Silk Vendetta because not only was it very ull but there was an uncomfortable scene where a promiscuous character sexually harasses the heroine Of course I understand that the author was trying to evelop the plot and things like this A Village with My Name: A Family History of China's Opening to the World do happen in life but it s not something I care to read about and it seemed to be a stepown from her other stories Victoria Holt has such an interesting writing style very uniue Because the stories are never uite like one expects I always enjoy her books This book is a perfect example It is written first person from the heroine s point of view which adds an intimacy with the reader again a precarious choice and one that must be Anthropology as Cultural Critique done well to succeed It is a wonderful combination of romance and mystery and even though the villain is uite obvious from the beginning there are many surprises along the way that keep one intrigued and turning pages My only complaint is with the very end of the book While achieving the happy ending it leaves a multitude of uestions unanswered All the worries very justified Lenore has about risking her heart and life with her love are forgotten when he proposes then the end If feels like a sucker punch and a pat on the head all at once Hard to rate becauseo I rate it as a fiction read in general or within it s specific genre The atmospheric was fun and engaging although typical in a pulpy way but the writing specifically sentence structure and Anyone dialogue was stilted and simplistic At least it reallyid sound like the grandmother was French with English as a second language as she idn t seem to use contractionsAnyway if you are looking for a fun chick lit gothic read try it outRating 35 for regular fiction book and a 45 for chick lit Books written by Victoria Holt are so cheesy but sometimes that s exactly what you need Amidst the lush romance of Victorian London Florence and Paris a eadly family rivalry is bornAs long as she can remember the exuisite Lenore Cleremont has lived at The Silk House the luxurious English country estate of the wealthy Sallonger family Neither serv.

Ve read a loooot of her books when I was 1415 years oldthat was the last time I ve read them I absolutely loved them at the time I m thinking of reading one of her books just for the old times sake I liked it but the romantic part of it was a little Boggs disappointing The book as a whole was prettyetailed but in a mundane rather than exciting way much of the time The story was good thoughOn the whole I think the VH novels are under written at the end there is not a totally satisfactory payoff to me Too many things happen in too few pages at the end things happens too fast and in particular the romance part is too perfunctory there are 2 paragraphs where I would like several pages Not expressing myself totally as I would want but that is a basic way to say it A Brilliant Story of the Tangled Web of a Family Devoted to SilkSet in Victorian England and France this is the story of Lenore Cleremont a French girl raised by her grand mere in England where she serves The Silk House as a gifted silk Battleground Chicago designer andressmaker Lenore is educated with the family s children but knows she is not one of them The family has two Albert Camus daughters and two sons One of the sons Philip is kind the other Charles is not One of theaughters becomes Lenore s Bitter Choices dear friend the other her jealous adversaryWhen she is 15 Lenore s grand mere tells her she is illegitimate and that her mother a beauty who fell in love with the master s sonied in childbirth As Lenore comes into womanhood she loses at love twice as she is caught up in a tangled uest for vengeance And then an arrogant French count reveals a secret from her pastI have to say I Bill Veecks Crosstown Classic do love Victoria Holt s stories and this is no exception You will berawn in to Lenore s life wanting her to find happiness but Blood, Milk, Ink, Gold despairing when sheoes not Murder treachery and betrayal populate this book but in the end all the threads come together Lenore finds a man she can truly love and the mystery is finally solvedIf you love Victoria Holt this is one not to be missed This book is all about guessing who the hero is Is itCandidate Apro he s a nice guy and he actually marries the heroinecon he actually marries the heroine early on he s Mikhail Bakhtin dead meat or a fruit fly see earlier VH reviews for the life expectancy thereofCandidate Bpro he s a nice guy and he rescues the heroine from her villainous cousin when she s youngcon he marries villainous cousin s sister he s a politician Candidate Cpro he s mysterious and Frenchcon I got nothing I enjoyed this story uite a bit All the silketails were a bit much though not as bad as opals Don t skim though there s a This is one of Holt s better books Well. Ant nor true member of the family she has grown up under the protection of her Grand'mere who Carnival designs the luxurious gowns for the family's vast silk trade in the mansion's attic roomsLenore shows promise as aress esigner herself But most important she has wo.

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