Hardcover Book, Seven for a Secret, Victoria Holt, Mystery, Novel, Literature, Suspense, Romance


Hardcover Book, Seven for a Secret, Victoria Holt, Mystery, Novel, Literature, Suspense, Romance

A hardcover book entitled Seven for a Secret by Victoria Holt.

Harper's Green is the name of the little English town where Victoria Holt's heroine suffers twinges of foreboding, is baffled by mystery, finds romance—and is shocked by murder. The time is a comfortable and familiar, vaguely late-Victorian era. Frederica Hammond—removed, after her mother's death, to Harper's Green to live with dear Aunt Sophie—will not learn for some time of the location, history, not to mention existence, of her father (of whom her mother had always refused to speak); but she will have other things on her mind. There are new friends—shy and timid Rachel, and naughty Tamarisk, daughter of the widowed Lady St. Aubyn and sister of handsome Crispin. Mysteries abound. Why is Rachel's household so sad, and why is her father so scary? What is the secret held by demented Flora, former nursemaid of Crispin—a secret that an old rhyme reminds her is "never to be told''? There's a terrible confrontation with Rachel's father, a rescue by Crispin, and by the time the three girls reach their majority, the arising of all sorts of problems. Tamarisk marries most unwisely; there's a shocking murder; Frederica travels with Tamarisk to a remote island to find her father; and it's Crispin, Frederica discovers, who clings to Flora's secret. At the close, revelations and an all-consuming fire—a staple of romantic suspense novels.

Eleanor Alice Hibbert (1906 – 1993) was an English author who combined imagination with facts to bring history alive through novels of fiction and romance. She was a prolific writer who published several books a year in different literary genres, each genre under a different pen name: Jean Plaidy for the fictionalized history of European royalty; Victoria Holt for gothic romances, and Philippa Carr for a multi-generational family saga. A literary split personality, she also wrote light romances, crime novels, murder mysteries and thrillers under the various pseudonyms including Eleanor Burford, Elbur Ford, Kathleen Kellow, Anna Percival, and Ellalice Tate.
In 1989, the Romance Writers of America gave her the Golden Treasure award in recognition of her significant contributions to the romance genre. By the time of her death, she had written more than 200 books that worldwide sold more than 100 million copies in 20 languages. She continues to be a widely borrowed author among British libraries. Her popular works of historical fiction are appreciated by readers and critics alike for their accuracy, quality of writing, and attention to detail.

8 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches
339 pages
Published by Doubleday and Company -- 1992

This book is in used but in Very Good condition. It has no rips or tears. The binding is solid and tight. The book's pages clean and crisp. There is the name of a previous owner on the inside front flyleaf. The dust cover is in good condition with some rubbing and a small tear at its top.

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