Daughter of Deceit

Daughter of Deceit When her mother unexpectedly dies Noelle Tremaston the cosseted illegitimate daughter of an infamous Drury Lane actress is shattered Horrified to discover that the young man she intends to marry i

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  • Title: Daughter of Deceit
  • Author: Victoria Holt
  • ISBN: 9780385419499
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When her mother unexpectedly dies, Noelle Tremaston, the cosseted, illegitimate daughter of an infamous Drury Lane actress, is shattered Horrified to discover that the young man she intends to marry is, in all probability, her own brother, Noelle flees the country and embarks upon a series of shadowy adventures, culminating in the resolution of a murder and the reconciliaWhen her mother unexpectedly dies, Noelle Tremaston, the cosseted, illegitimate daughter of an infamous Drury Lane actress, is shattered Horrified to discover that the young man she intends to marry is, in all probability, her own brother, Noelle flees the country and embarks upon a series of shadowy adventures, culminating in the resolution of a murder and the reconciliation of the star crossed lovers.

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    1. Spoilers ahoy. I don't want anyone to waste their time on this.The blurb:Noelle Tremaston's charmed yet unconventional life as the daughter of the infamous Desiree, darling of the London stage, comes crashing to a halt when her mother takes in a struggling ingénue and disaster strikes. Noelle flees to Paris where, on the eve of World War I, a bizarre twist of fate will lead her into unsolved mysteries -- and the arms of love. So, yes the heroine is the daughter of a famous actress and yes, disa [...]

    2. Victoria Holt was most assuredly the mistress of what we now think of as "clean" Gothic romance -- which is to say that there is some suspense, some romantic tension, and absolutely no sex."Daughter of Deceit" is no exception to the pattern. In this story, Noelle Tremaston is the adult daughter of Desiree -- a famous London actress. Desiree is well-known for taking in the proverbial waifs and strays, so she brings injured Lisa Fennell into her home. Lisa is an aspiring actress and Desiree gets h [...]

    3. Victoria Holt has been one of my favorite authors since I was a teen. Nobody does gothic romance like she does! She never disappoints. Her stories aren't campy, or goofy, or sexy. Her protagonists have true trials, worse than most can endure. And the leading men aren't obvious - in most of her books, as in this one, there are several - not in the fantasy-suitor way, but in the keep-reader-guessing way. When you think of 'weaving a tale,', well Holt is the kind of author who could do it. To read [...]

    4. Books written by Victoria Holt are so cheesy, but sometimes that's exactly what you need. I've read a loooot of her books when I was 14/15 years old.at 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! =)

    5. This is my second Victoria Holt book. This one seems a little more "romance-oriented" than "Seven for a Secret", but it's still mostly a pleasure. It's just that I prefer "skeletons in the closet" to "will the heroine find marital bliss". Although I'm going to give the author a rest for now, she certainly knows how to spin a good yarn. All loose ends and questions are taken care of, and in a really entertaining fashion. I'll be visiting her again in the not-too-distant future.

    6. This is my second book by this author, and I've been disappointed both times. The heroine of this story, Noelle, was a bit "soft", or weak, for my tastes. For a woman who was surrounded by the theater her whole life, she was really quite dense to not detect the lies in a performance of an amateur. I thought the ending was a little weird, and anticlimatic. I wasn't really surprised by anything in the story, and could easily guess what was going to happen.

    7. I haven't read a Victoria Holt novel in almost 25+ years. I have probably read over 30 of her books. As a mystery writer, Holt never disappoints. The setting is usually in England and in the late 17th or 18th century. This story is about an actress and her illigetimate daughter, living in England. If you are looking for an easy read with some mystery and a little suspense, this book is for you.

    8. No idea where the 'on the eve of World War I' bit of the blurb comes from; although almost no dates are given, from references to Napoleon III and the Franco-Prussian War the book is clearly set in the 1860s and 70s.Its not the most convincing plot, some of the twists and turns are rather predictable, and the dialogue is often stilted. I frankly expected better of a novel from one of Jean Plaidy's pseudonyms.

    9. How wonderful it is to find an amazing book by surprise. I am still in awe of this novel. It's a story with so many twists and turns. It is a successful combination of drama, mystery, suspense and romance.As for the characters, I really felt a close connection with Noelle because she reminds me alot of myself. The others were okay too.The story kept me engaged most of the time by the dialogues, if not by the development of the story. It's a very good reads.

    10. this one I figured out quickly because the story was so predictable. So much so I didn't finish it. The characters couldn't keep my interest, thought most of them were ridiculous anyway. Not one of your good ones Holt.

    11. Read in the portuguese version - Filha do Engano - translated by Maria Luisa Santos - edition Circulo de Leitores, Portugal Outubro 1993

    12. If you like clean, cheesy, romance novels then you will like anything by Victoria Holt or her pseudonyms.

    13. Where are some of these reviews disappearing to, GR? *grumble grumble*Early 2013 or so --DNF at 100-something. Plot was moving too slowly. Apathy towards the characters. Blah.

    14. I consider “Daughter of Deceit” as one of Ms Holt’s weakest novels. This is owing to predictability, repeating information, and lack of excitement.One element I expect from a Holt novel – even the lesser ones – is suspense. This is the author’s forte, yet suspense is absent for much of the time in this novel.A couple of scenes here and there are good, but on the whole it lacks sparkle.

    15. I remember loving Victoria Holt books as a teenager, but this one rambles aimlessly, with mostly flat, uninvolving characters and a dry, minimalistic style that sounds like Hemingway if he wrote romantic gothic suspense (not a compliment). There are no clues about what time period the story takes place until halfway through, when the French emperor goes to war with the Prussians. Part of the plot seems to have been ripped off from "All About Eve." The heroine is dull, passive, and clueless. The [...]

    16. The whole time I was reading this book (although 'reading' is an overgenerous word. I got about halfway through and then very lightly skimmed to the end), I was hoping that the love interest was just the misdirection, not the actual love interest, and someone more interesting would show up to demand forcefully our heroine's affections, in true Victoria Holt fashion. Needless to say, I was disappointed. Definitely not Mrs. Holt's best.

    17. Noelle is a daughter of a famous stage actress. The title gives you a hint that not all is as it seems. A big secret has been kept from Noelle and it threatens her future happiness. I am a huge fan of Victoria Holt. I liked this book but it was not one of my favorites. There were a lot of classic Victoria Holt elements but there were a couple unexpected twists that I didn't expect.

    18. Vicotria Holt is a long time favorite when I want an easy historical romance read. This one didn't disappoint but there were no surprised about who killed Desiree and then who killed Lisa. Good, enjoyable read.

    19. I was so astonished when Charlie Claverham said that Noelle is his daughter. It really broke my heart i thought it would already be a happy ending with Noelle and Roderick at that time. Good thing they found evidences to prove that she isn't his daughter.love it love it

    20. I love Victoria Holt books, but this particular book wasn't my favorite. The storyline just seemed to be all over the place and then just ended. However, it was a nice, easy read, and I am still a Victoria Holt fan!

    21. I usually find a quote or two from each book I read and begin with it. but I didn't find any in this book. It is a period book. It has a good story with good characters. It has some twist and turns. It is an easy read.

    22. OK, the deceit was that her mother was a big fat liar. And so was pretty much everyone else. Why do I read these things? Oh, yeah, cleaning off the booksheles and going through everything anyone gave me ever.

    23. Noelle is the daughter of a famous actress. Her mother dies suddenly leaving her adrift. She does not know who her father is. She falls in love and it turns out his father is also her father-----or is he?

    24. Not as good as some. I was a little let down at the ending. Not enough mystery. But all in all not too bad.

    25. While it isn't her best, this is still a great book especially if you're a big Victoria Holt fan. It was one of her lighter books but the ending made the whole read worth it.

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