Best-selling author Victoria Holt spins breath-taking tales glimmering with danger and romance. In this entrancing novel, set in late 1800s Europe, a beautiful English schoolgirl participates in an ancient celebration, only to discover she no longer knows the difference between truth and myth. As shadows lengthen, 17-year-old Helena Trant and her classmates must finish their picnic in the Black Forest. Tonight young men will be out to honor Loke, the god of mischief, with drinking and pranks - no woman will be safe. As Helena walks through the misty woods, she loses her friends, but her fear turns to joy when a broad-shouldered man on a horse rescues her. The bewitching time she spends dining and dancing with him seems a thrilling dream - until that fateful night alters her life forever - blurring the borders between reality and dreams. One of the world’s most popular authors, Victoria Holt skillfully weaves intrigue, suspense, and rapture into impetuous Helena’s exploits. Virginia Leishman’s spellbinding narration will leave you alternately holding your breath with anticipation or sighing with bliss.
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I have enjoyed Victoria Holt since I was a teenager. I was very happy to see that there are three of her books on audible. I usually don't write reviews ... but the first person who wrote one is just way off base. While I agree that this is NOT one of my very favorites ... it is worthy of a listen and I totally disagree with the previous disparaging remarks. I guess I am partial as I consider these books OLD friends....I guess looking thru the rose colored glasses of my youth makes me sentimental ...
Victoria Holt is a master at this genre. Her books are interesting suspenseful and easy reading. The narrator Davina Porter is wonderful. Would recommend to everyone.
The most enjoyable feature was the suspenseful storyline without unnecessary language or crudeness. This is a story told with just enough hints of future twists and turns it keep the reader wanting more.
Helena was my favorite, of course. She rarely doubted herself yet in the end allowed her determination to carry her through.
Her accent and enunciation of words heightened the strong character of the heroine. This helped to make her character more believeable.to me.
I would contrast this storyline to a classic age version of Gone Girl without the offensive language. A very good read.
This is a classic "girl likes the bad boy and their love is true" fiction story. I guess I don't fantasize that way so the story was unbelievably improbable. However, I did appreciate the lack of swearing and explicit sex scenes.
Wanda the artist
Took an hour or so to understand the adventure, and the plot only thickens as the book progresses. YES it indeed is a romance. Good grief. Not all see in shades of black and white. Always allow for some gray. Read it. Surprises at every turn.
This was a VERY drawn-out account of all the many bad/sad things that happened to the main character throughout her life. The story solely centered on her and sadly she just wasn't that interesting. There were a few mentionings of unimpressive male characters at the very beginning and then again close to the end. I can't believe I stuck it out, but I did to the end and was rewarded with a headache.
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