Friday, May 31, 2013

Book Review: India Fan by Victoria Holt

****--4 Stars

Blurb from Amazon: "A mesmerizing story of blackmail, romance, and deception."—Associated Press

With Over 100 Million Books Sold, Victoria Holt is the Queen of Gothic Romance.

Blackmail. Arson. Murder. Obsession.

Beautiful as its peacock feathers may be, the priceless fan hidden deep within the Framling mansion has a legacy of death and destruction. And Drusilla Delany has no idea she's been marked by its curse...

But the fan's dark past might prove less of a danger than Fabian Framling himself. Dark, brooding, and dominating, will he be the one to save her from the fan's cruel fate...or cause her demise?

Drusilla Delany is a pastor's daughter and lives near a very wealthy, controlling family, in England. The Framlings rule the land, so it seems. When the lady of the house determines that Drusilla is a suitable enough companion for her wild, tigress daughter, Lavinia, Drusilla is constantly thrown into their midst...and it is there that she first encounters the peacock fan--with a supposed curse.

Lavinia is one of the most beautiful women ever and she knows it. She is always getting herself into trouble, especially where men are concerned. It's Drusilla's practical sense and stability that has to reign her in and deal with her. Lavinia is not a very nice friend--she uses people to get what she wants, but Drusilla is really good for her.

Fabian, Lavinia's brother, is a mystery to me. Good looking, charming, semi-controlling, blunt, yet tender. I couldn't decide if I should trust him or not.

I love what the blurb says--"Blackmail. Arson. Murder. Obsession." That pretty much sums this book up.

I really enjoy Victoria Holt's books because they are written in a way that is nostalgic; they are written in a way that engages the reader and although certain "sinful" events do occur, the gruesome details aren't given, but just enough so the reader knows what's going on.

Content: a murder with a few details, but nothing too gory; an unwed pregnancy, no details; a handful of language.

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