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Fifteenth in the Daughters of England historical fiction series in the gothic romance vein. The focus in this one is on a Victorian-era daughter, Rebecca Mandeville and her family.My TakeA typical gothic romance with cozy overtones that thwart Carr's attempts to create tension and drama. I'm not sure if my frustration with this is due to how long ago this story was first released and the silly tropes used in this were typical of the writing styles when this was written or if this was an aberrati...
One of my favorite books from high school, this is the story of childhood sweethearts from Cornwall, a suitably dramatic setting for this gothic tale! This book has everything: deaths, ghosts, babies switched at birth, ravishments in old castles . . . and yet it's all very demurely done. I liked that quite a bit, it was very reminiscent of something like Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre. Affairs and other scandalous matters were spoken of with veiled comments and euphemisms that were in keeping wi...
The Changeling is not a mystery, nor is it a good historical novel, both of which are genres I love. Instead it is a stereotypical romance novel that just happens to be set in Victorian England. The author dropped a couple of names (Disraeli and Gladstone)and describes the Queen (in passing) as "a diminutive figure with an expression of gloom and an air of aloofness which was rather disconcerting." But this was not enough to truly leave the reader with a sense of the time or place in which the
*** "The Changeling" by Philippa Carr aka Victoria Holt is an old-fashioned kiss-less romance in Victorian England, entangled in servant gossip and rising political ambition, with children and adults who can behave both well and ill. I had heard of Rebecca de Mandeville, but mistakenly connected with the story called Rebecca. Becca is born in Australia in the same fine house as Pedrek, and when her father dies saving his in a mine accident, both grow up in Cornwall, childhood sweethearts. I do n...
I just could not read this book. It was written well, the characters were fleshed out, the settings well described and plausible, but after 78 pages I just didn't care about the young lady's dislike of her stepfather and that was all that seemed to be discussed. As a rule I can't read this author's books fast enough so I honestly don't know what happened with this one.
Part of a series of mother to daughter generations stories telling the history of England from Henry VIII to WW II. Fabulous to read them all in order. Each one is a gem; each is surprising and well written.This reflects a bit of the eerie feeling that Victoria Holt is famous for; Phillipa Carr is another pen name.
I love the daughters of England series but I just did not like this book. I think Philippa Carr missed the mark on this one. The historical info she usually writes about wasn't there, and I missed reading about family members from previous books growing old and the mature knowledge they provide. The death of her mother at the beginning of the book left me disappointed.
Periodically, my weakness for authors that began in late teenage years erupts, and I have to read some of those novels! Just finished one from the paperback swap rack at the Carrollton library, "The Changeling", by Philippa Carr -- aka Victoria Holt. All right, I'll say the truth, I'd figured out the mysteriously veiled relationships well in advance! Shan't say anything more...
Another excellent installment in the gothic romance world of Philippa Carr (aka Victoria Holt). Yet another well done twist (had my suspicions throughout the book, but was not sure till the end). Historically accurate and interesting read.
I was all along expecting that Leah had a secret child with the Frenchman,and that this would be revealed at some point in the story, but not the swapping of the babies by the midwife!
Your typical Victorian novel.
The writing was fine, but the storyline reminded me of a night-time drama or soap opera. I suppose it fits with when the book was written. Gotta love those 80s!
Not as repetitious as some of the previous entries in this series. Plot was predictable. Good character development.
It is not too difficult to guess who the "changeling" is, but knowing in advance does not spoil the satisfaction of seeing what direction things take. Set in Victorian London and Cornwall.
Everybody lives happily ever after. Even the bad guys turn out not to be bad. A little sappy.
This was my first dip into trying Philippa Carr (or Victoria Holt, for that matter), and it was hit and miss for me. On one hand, I enjoyed the characters and the historical element--it felt a bit like a predecessor to VC Andrews, who I used to read in high school, if a more mature version in some ways. At the same time, a lot of the drama felt forced and manufactured in a way that took away from the believability of it, even given the expected melodrama, and there were more than a few times whe...
“The Changeling” is a refreshing change after the continual use of repeated themes in the past few books in the Daughters of England series. We don’t get the adulterous affairs, and the love story – which is usually the focal point – is a subplot. Family relationships are more prominent in this novel, largely owing to the main character Rebecca being a child when the story opens.One thing this author was very good at was creating child characters, and Lucie & Belinda are believable and vivid, as...
felt this series was getting stuck in a rut of the same story rehashed but the last 2 books have given a fresh boost. hope it continues
Love this bookExcellent book. The storyline has many twists and turns. I would highly recommend the author,Philippa Carr to all my friends.