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Lord of the Far Island [Paperback]

Victoria Holt
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24 Nov 2009
Lovely Ellen Kellaway was rescued from a bleak future by her newly discovered guardian, Jago Kellaway, Lord of the Far Island, off the wild coast of Cornwall. There, Ellen was drawn deeper and deeper into the secrets of a past as alive and threatening as the present. There Jago offered her the fabled Island Necklace worn by the mistresses of Kellaway Castle. But was it a promise of happiness -- or a dark symbol of death . . .?
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  • Paperback: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Griffin (24 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312384173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312384173
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 602,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lord Of The Far Island 20 April 2006
By S. Hapgood VINE VOICE
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I looked forward to reading this one, as I have a particular soft spot for Holt's Cornish novels, but something wasn't entirely satisfying about it. I think part of the trouble was that it takes Ellen, Our Heroine, an absolute age to get to the Cornish island. We spend nearly 100 pages in London with her repellent cousin Agatha. When she does finally get to Far Island, the book exudes huge promise. We have the very Gothic Kellaway Castle (complete with dungeons of course), and the two smaller islands nearby, one of which is inhabited only by a solitary artist. There are all the classic Holt ingredients: dark family secrets, a mad half-sister, a Byronic/Heathcliff-style love interest, an underground tunnel, secret passages, and a few attempts on Our Heroine's life. But it all feels too rushed. An awful lot of plot is crammed into the remaining 150 pages, and I wished she had taken her time more with it, fleshed it out more. There was too much of a feel of A Deadline Looming. Some of the characters aren't developed at all. Gwennol for instance doesn't end up playing as important a part as I thought she was going to. Never mind though, it's all still well worth a read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good comfort book 1 Dec 2009
By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Raised by a wealthy distant cousin after the death of her mother, Ellen Kellaway is forever reminded that she is the Poor Relation. Resigned to her eventual fate as a governess, she is suddenly taken by surprise when childhood friend Phillip Carrington declares his love and proposes a whirlwind marriage, much to the chagrin of Cousin Agatha who was counting on wealthy Phillip marrying her daughter Esmeralda. Curiously, Phillip's family is thrilled with the match to a girl with nary a penny to her name. Fate takes a sudden turn before the marriage can happen, and out of the blue appears a distant relative from her father's side of the family offering her a home on Far Island off the coast of Cornwall. Ellen loves the island and the Castle the Kellaways built hundreds of years ago (dungeons and all), and she soon finds herself falling in love with the island's owner, Jag Kellaway.

In true Holt fashion, Ellen soon finds herself in the midst of a mystery and things begin to go bump in the night. What is it about her father that none of the villagers wish to talk about? Why did her mother pack up and leave him when Ellen was little more than a toddler? What about the drawings her mother left behind, including one of the room she's been seeing in her dreams for years? Who is the mysterious girl Silva raised on the Island and presumed dead? Is Ellen just accident prone or is someone trying to do her in? If so, why?

While I enjoyed reading this and would recommend it to Holt fans, it just doesn't quite come up to a four star read. Perhaps it's because she took too long setting up Ellen's background and romance with Phillip and then realized at the end she had to hurry up and wrap-things-up-before-the-book-gets-too-long. It is a good book and a perfect comfort book for cuddling up with on a rainy afternoon; it's just not a great one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars must read 25 May 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The lord of the far island is a book once you start reading you
never want to put it down excellent
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry I am unable to read it. 18 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I regret that I am unable to give a rating since I have no knowledge of Russian, I can only presume that the book was sent to me by mistake.
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