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Sybil Ellis was a 17-year-old orphan with very few options: If she didn't want to be a governess or a companion - and she didn't - she had to marry. So she married Dr. Philip Maynard, who was old enough to be her grandfather and treated her like a daughter.

In fact, he treated her like Judith, the daughter he had lost, even to calling her by that name and having all of his new servants do likewise. But eventually Sybil learned that there had been other "daughters" before her, and she realized that this was not just a harmless eccentricity.

©1968-2063 Marion Zimmer Bradley (P)2014 Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust

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excellent story, horrible narration

The story is enticing and well written, even so well written that I continued listening in spite of the subpar narration.

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  • 10-26-19

Not at all what I was expecting!

I bought this book because I love Marion Zimmer Bradley's Avalon books and I expected this to be the same kind of mediaeval type novel, maybe a tale of long ago with the bluebeard title. However it reads more like Jane Eyre! It is set in the early 1900s and very accurate with all the period detail etc (which I would expect from this author) ; however, the story itself was fairly tame. A rich old man adopts a destitute young girl and there is a mystery surrounding his dead daughter, whom he wishes this young girl to replace. The mystery is quite neatly solved in the end, and turns out to be not very mysterious that all. As soon as I started reading about the old man adopting a 17-year old as his surrogate wife /daughter, I started imagining all sorts of paedophilic goings-on, but it was all very very delicately handled and genteel, not a hint of sex anywhere! Even the Avalon books are more steamy!
Overall the story was fairly pedestrian but reasonably interesting. The narrator's voice did not have much range, just one calm tone and pace throughout. It wasn't a deal breaker, but some of the words and phrases were strangely pronounced, and there is a maid in the story who is supposed to be Scottish and described as having an "unfamiliar lilt" , but the accent is so badly mangled that it sounds quite bizarre!!

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  • 12-29-18

Interesting plot with a rushed and disappointing conclusion

A very well-written story from the perspective of an orphaned young girl who marries an older gentleman, whose sanity is slowly fading as he more and more believes her to be his late daughter Judith.

I listened to this audio book on a long bus ride home, and finished it the same night. The characters are well written as usual for the author, and the story gives an interesting glimpse into the time and society the story takes place in.

However, the grand finale, the conclusion of the mystery, fell a bit flat. Being rushed through in the last 20min of this audio book, I was almost disappointed to find the answer so simple.

All in all a nice story with a pleasant narrator.