A parson's daughter, Druscilla Delaney is enthralled by her wealthy, glamorous neighbors-the Framlings-and their handsome son, Fabian. They gift her with a priceless heirloom, a beautiful fan that brings with it a terrible curse.Read more...
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A parson's daughter, Druscilla Delaney is enthralled by her wealthy, glamorous neighbors-the Framlings-and their handsome son, Fabian. They gift her with a priceless heirloom, a beautiful fan that brings with it a terrible curse.
Beautiful as its peacock feathers may be, the priceless fan hidden deep in the Framling mansion has a legacy of death and destruction. And Druscilla has no idea she's been marked by its curse.
But the fan's dark past might prove less of a danger than Fabian Framling himself. Dark, brooding, and dominating, will he be the one to save her from the fan's cruel fate...or cause her demise?
Including elements of historical romance and romantic suspense, The India Fan is a spellbinding tale from the Queen of Gothic Romance. Fast-paced and gripping, fans of Georgette Heyer, Mary Stewart, and Daphne Du Maurier will be awestruck by this Victorian gothic thriller complete with romance, murder, and mayhem.
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"The India Fan was beautiful. It was long and complex and draining. It was gripping."
"Once you start, you can't put it down."
"A knock-out novel of mysticism and murder..."
"This book brings memories I read it when I was in high school and it remains one of my favorite books to read."What reviewers are saying about The India Fan
..".romance, curses, dark secrets, and a Gothic tale of epic proportions"-My Book Addiction and More
..".an absolutely engrossing read. The story-telling is excellent and I found the historical background fascinating."-Romantic Historical Lovers
"Enthralling."-The New York Times Book Review
"Fresh and steadily compelling."-Kirkus
"Readers will savor this sweeping coming-of-age tale"-Publishers Weekly
"The India Fan is one of those epic stories that you can completely immerse yourself in and it will stay in your memory for years."-Great HistoricalsWhat everyone is saying about the Queen of Gothic Romance Victoria Holt
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"One of the supreme writers of gothic romance, a compelling storyteller whose gripping novels have thrilled millions."-RT Book Reviews "
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-01-21
- Reviewer: Staff
Readers will savor this sweeping coming-of-age tale that spans two continents, from Holt (The Time of Hunter’s Moon), one of the pen-names used by the late Eleanor Hibbert (1906–1993). Drusilla Delany has always lived in the shadow of the Framling House, her life always intertwined with the wealthy family, whether being “kidnapped” for two weeks by son Fabian as a baby, or forced into a friendship with spoiled daughter Lavinia. After a childhood prank, Drusilla comes into possession of a family heirloom, a beautiful, bejeweled peacock fan that supposedly carries a curse that could cause her to lose everything she loves. Drusilla eventually leaves home to attend finishing school in France. Then she becomes a governess in India; though her life is marked by intrigue, danger, romance, and loss, she stubbornly refuses to believe the fan or its curse are behind any of it. Lush and exotic, this is a luxuriously told story of a girl’s adventures into adulthood. At times, references are too casual, flippant, or modern for the time period, and the stock characters too predictable. But the story is well served by rich, sensual details and engrossing storylines. (Mar.)