Beautiful Drusilla Delany had always been a sensible girl, the daughter of an impoverished vicar in Victorian England But then she became infatuated with wealthy Fabian and Lavinia Framling and inherited an extraordinary fan with a beautiful and fateful curse A knock out novel of mysticism and murder from the author of The Silk Vendetta.
The India Fan Beautiful Drusilla Delany had always been a sensible girl the daughter of an impoverished vicar in Victorian England But then she became infatuated with wealthy Fabian and Lavinia Framling and inheri
1.5 stars This book almost put Victoria Holt on my list of never read again authors The India Fan didn t quite plumb the depths of awfulness to the extent that I demand before I one star a book, but it was a close call I actually clicked back and forth between one star and two several times.Drusilla Delaney who, despite what the GR blurb says, is not beautiful grows up in the mid 19th century in England in shadow of the wealthy Framling family who lives nearby Lady Harriet Framling bosses the en [...]
Recipe for Creating a Romance1 Proud and rakish hero, a member of the landed gentry, who actually has a heart of gold2 Attractive self willed heroine from the lower classes3 Flighty and foolish female antagonist4 Formidable matriarch5 The faithful nanny6 Dark and dangerous villainAdd exotic setting, season with blackmail and murder and garnish with suitable MacGuffin Serve up to a sensation loving readership From In fiction, a MacGuffin sometimes McGuffin or maguffin is a plot device in the form [...]
I don t even know how to start this review I really enjoyed the other Victoria Holt book I read, Mistress of Mellyn, but this one, no A thousand times no There was sexism, classicism, racism, I am sure I am forgetting some ism And yes, I do get that the setting that this book takes place in is just echoing what these times were like, it still doesn t mean I have to like it But than that, the main character Drusilla sucks She does From her shaming a woman who was raped and wants to give the baby [...]
For a woman we are told is plain nearly as many times as we are told Fabian kidnapped her in infancy , she certainly does seem to attract male attention.
Edited 1 April 2013I wrote a second review for All About Romance and rated this a Desert Isle Keeper.4.5 stars I read a lot of novels by Victoria Holt when I was in my twenties, so when I saw that Sourcebooks was reissuing The India Fan, I was eager to discover how it would hold up twenty five years after its original publication.I am extremely happy to report that the answer is very well indeed.This isn t one of the titles I d already read, so all I had to go on was the synopsis, although I am [...]
I loved Drusilla as the heroine in this novel She is a modernized Jane Eyre, the poor plain country lass seducing the dark and mysterious lord of the manor She was intelligent and never careless like Lavinia She always did what was sensible and I admired her greatly for that She was strong but at the same time vulnerable The audience really grows up with her throughout the novel and though there aren t drastic changes to her character, she is solid and continues to grow into herself though out t [...]
Sweeping Victorian Tale of Adventure and Love in England, France and India This is the story of Drusilla Delaney, daughter of a rector living in England in the mid 19th century Near Drusilla s home was the elaborate Framling estate, or as she thought of it, the big house The Framlings were an old wealthy family tied to the East India Company and they were significant in Drusilla s life We meet Drusilla as a young girl when she is taken to the big house to be the playmate of the spoiled but beaut [...]
It had some issues, but at the end of the day I loved this book I m putting it on my favorite historical romances shelf, but just a head s up though there s a romance element it s of a coming of age story than anything The book follows the heroine from birth until her late twenties There s a romance thread throughout but it s in the background for much of the story.
I can t believe I just discovered Victoria Holt She s described as the Queen of Gothic Romance, and she has tons and tons of books I feel like I just found a hidden stash of Oreos.
Super knjiga, ki me je prav zares pozitivno presenetila Do avtoric kot je Holtova imam e od nekdaj odpor Pred kratkim pa mi je med brskanjem po mamini knji ni polici v o i stopila Indijska pahlja a in mami mi jo je celo priporo ila Nad Indijo se navdu ujem e dlje asa in tako sem se odlo ila, da tej vsaj zame nenavadni knjigi dam prilo nost eprav je napisana v malo bolj arhai nem jeziku in na mojo grozo celo slovni nih napak ni manjkalo, mi je bila pravzaprav zelo v e Stil pisanja je definitivno [...]
Although somewhat rambling and a bit longer than a bit longer than I thought it should be, I gave this five stars as it is on the whole an excellent read Druscilla Delany is the daughter of the rector Nearby is Framling, a house of nobility which of course has two spoiled children Druscilla is elected to be companion to the younger child Lavinia with whom she goes away to boarding school first in England and then in France For all her beauty, Lavinia is remarkably empty headed and constantly in [...]
A vicar s daughter, Drusilla, is swept off to India when the local aristocratic family takes interest in her Unfortunately, the Great Mutiny is about to happen This romantic suspense novel is set in the 1850 s, and is full of the usual tropes milksop heroine, nasty bitchy friend, sarcastic hero Unfortunately, the reader is kept at arm s reach throughout this one, the heroine not much than a very passive observer There s not a lot of character development, the Indians are portrayed in the worst [...]
Drusilla s life has been somewhat governed by the Framling family, especially by young Fabian who considered her his toy for a brief time in their childhood and his sister Lavinia, a spoiled beauty who finds Drusilla a perfect friend and accomplice This is a great romance novel especially for a huge VH fan like me , sweeping the reader from England to France, and India with its exotic environment, sometimes frightening customs, and historical struggle to rid itself of the British occupation Cons [...]
My mother and I used to read these and Mary Stewart s books This was a reread, but a very enjoyable one with great memories
I stayed up all night on a Sunday to finish this book and when it ended I laid in bed for another hour just thinking, and feeling, and recapping in my head all that I d taken in over the last two days I was haunted by the ebb and flow of this story, the characters, and the ending.This is my first Victoria Holt novel, but from what I understand this is how one typically feels at the end This story was long and detailed, it was a slow burn with potential that was obvious by the end of the fist cha [...]
It has been many a long year since I read anything by Victoria Holt Quite possibly even many a long decade and I may not have read this one if it had not been for a group challenge and the word India in it s title That said it was a much complex, well written story than I expected.Drusilla is the rectors plain daughter who is used as a suitable playfellow for the pampered daughter up at the manor house Hello Jane Austin, said my inner book monitor , she spends her childhood happy with her nurse [...]
I started reading this on a digital loan from the library and it suddenly went back without warning I had to get a paperback copy to finish it I m glad I did I read this years ago, late HS or early college and enjoyed it then too.Drusilla Delany is a pastor s daughter and lives near a very wealthy, controlling family, in England The Framlings rule the land, so it seems When the lady of the house determines that Drusilla is a suitable enough companion for her wild, tigress daughter, Lavinia, Drus [...]
This was my first Victoria Holt novel There were things I liked and things I disliked about the book I really liked the main characters They were vividly described and stayed true to who they were throughout the book The story had places it caught hold of me and flew and was so interesting I learned about a time period I didn t have much knowledge of before I did like the whole idea of the story and was happy with the ending But oh my gosh it took forever to get there There was a lot that could [...]
An enthralling read set partially in India at the time when the British Empire s control there became particularly tenuous This had all the elements of a good story a slow burning romance between the sensible, plain Jane Drusilla and the dashing yet arrogantly domineering, wealthy aristocrat, Fabian There was also a plethora of well presented peripheral characters from the self centred, entitled Lavinia to the unsatisfactory alternative suitor in Dougal, the demanding matriarch and the sensible [...]
This taught me, if nothing else, the etymology of the word thug 2.5 stars I was hoping for a gothic romance haunted mansion, family secrets, maybe a moor or howling wind or secret passageway to dungeons but this is a historical coming of age novel with an extremely dry and passionless romance woven in Holt was certainly a capable writer, so it was painless to read, and the historical details of the uprising of India against British rule are interesting I wasn t thrilled about the heroine not as [...]
Excellent VH novel Less formulaic than some others of hers I thought the love story was very good and their relationship seemed realistic to me and the he was than a stock figure too This novel was less Gothic suspense than most VH novels, the main drama was really what was really going on in India at the time, and that provided the danger and suspense rather than some typical Gothic type of story I also liked that the main character Drusilla wasn t just 18 21 during the novel, the story took [...]
I spent a way too much time reading this book I am disappointed I kept expecting greater things, but nothing I gave two stars because it was fine for someone else It was just a chore for me by the end to finish it And I really thought the ending should ve been than it was Lastly, it drove me nuts the way the character Polly kept using the word reckon Some of her phrases sounded like she was originally from Texas rather than Southern England I ve read other books by the author that I liked, but [...]
Got to page 134.I had to stop with this book just as Fabian s personality was starting to show His character was an enigma before Drusilla and him travelled together The book was somewhat slow The story wasnt as captivating as i had hoped The chapters were so long and there were few stopping points This is a frustration I have I hate just stopping wherever It s not in me Drusilla described, Lavinia was haughty, overbearing and very beautiful I would add, naive Miss Bucille s story comes out in t [...]
I don t remember much about this book except that I did a book report on this book when I was fourteen I made this book seem quite smutty to my classmates and thus fascinating until my teacher made me stop I really played up the Lavinia character to be a tart Another kid made the Lord of the Rings trilogy sound quite dull.
Oh its been ages since I ve read this book It was recommended to me because it was light and had a nice romance in it It s an alright story and pleasant enough, but rather traditional, you know instantly where this is going to go, but thats alright since it was romance after all So its supposed to have but one ending.
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
Another excellent Victoria Holt novel These novels have a very similar pattern to them but I am always interested until the end This novel takes place in England and India I also enjoyed the history about India that was given There was some excellent action and of course romance.
I liked the plot in this book but I think it took too long to tell the story There were some parts that really dragged on and on It s too bad because I thought the story was good I just found myself grateful when it finally over.
I love Victoria Holt books This one did not disappoint.
Sorry, no rating for this.I am deeply ashamed for reading this, loving it, and then owning a copy.This is an infatuation of my 16 years old self, and I have NOTHING good to say about this book Heroine, is horribly judgemental, and judges someone who was raped I don t mind her calling Lavinia a slut, Lavinia, was, in fact a cheating slut the OM was head over heals in love with heroine, one look at Lavinia, and he was hook, line and sinker gone, and was like Drusilla, Drusilla who He deserved ever [...]