The Black Opal

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Doubleday, 1993 - Fiction - 275 pages
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"From the very beginning, her life had been shrouded by secrets. Found one spring morning among the azaleas of Commonwood House, Carmel March was taken in and brought up by the good Dr. Marline and his ailing wife. Questions surrounding Carmel's parentage always hung heavy in the air. Perhaps, it was whispered, she had been left by a band of passing gypsies. Ironically, it is tragedy at Commonwood that sweeps Carmel off to a life more wonderful than her ten-year-old heart could have dared to imagine. On the stately Lady of the Seas, Carmel voyages through exotic ports, halfway around the world to Sydney's majestic harbor. In Australia she settles into a happy, adventurous life, growing into womanhood with a new family, new friends and the devoted attentions of a handsome young man who dreams of making his fortune in the opal mines. Yet always she feels drawn back to the England of her youth, pursued by lingering questions about the past. So she returns to England and to Commonwood. The once beautiful house has fallen into ruins. Only now does Carmel realize she had been rushed away from the scene of a murder those many years ago. And the more she learns, the more she is convinced that the wrong man had been sentenced from the crime. Is the answer locked away in some childhood memory? What of her childhood friend Sir Lucian, now her latest suitor? As a boy he had been kind, open and serene. Now he appears secretive and self-absorbed, distinctly uncomfortable with questions about the past. And what fateful role might have been played by the opals, always present at crucial moments in her life? If she could indeed solve this mystery buried so many years ago, what would it mean for her and for the future of those she so loves?"--BOOK JACKET.

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User Review  - Susan - Goodreads

Victoria Holt wrote these cheesy historical romances. I don't read romance novels now but I did when I was younger and I loved all of hers. Just because they always take you a different time and place.. A good escape from reality... Read full review


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Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert, 1906-1993 Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert was born on September 1, 1906 in London England. She knew she wanted to be a writer at a young age, but wasn't published util 1947, with her book "Beyond the Blue Mountains." She wrote under the pseudonym Victoria Holt, a name she used for 90 novels. In the early 70's, Burford Hibbert added another pseudonym to her repetoire, writing the first volume of her "St. Bruno" series under the name Philippa Carr. She was still writing historical fiction under the name of Victoria Holt as well as yet another pseudonym, Jean Plaidy. She used the pseudonyms Elbur Ford, Kathleen Kellow and Ellalice Tate as well, although she did not write as much under those names. She wrote over 200 hundred novels during her writing career. In 1989, the Romance Writers of America gave her the Golden Treasure award in recognition of her significant contributions to the romance genre. Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert died on January 18, 1993.

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