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The Silk Vendetta Hardcover – 19 Oct 1987

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  • Hardcover: 345 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; Reprint edition (19 Oct. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002232529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002232524
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,727,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crux Roesia on 24 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Lenore Cleremont lives in The Silk House, as house guest with her Grandmere - one of the best silk dressmakers in the business. Wondering why she's not addressed as 'Miss' like the daughters of the house, nor yet a servant, Lenore goes through childhood with a mystery attached to her birth and legitimacy, only knowing that her mother died and her grandmother was taken from the village of Villers-Mure in France, home of the illustrous silk weavers the St Allengeres, by rival family head Mr Sallonger, the English branch of that name.
Whether a 'Miss' or no, Lenore has something about her that attracts people, as well as a keen brain, curiosity and talent at learning about business and the silk industry. Her life is tied to that of the Sallongers - the two brothers, elder evil Charles with his obsession of treating Lenore like a scullery maid to be felt up on the back stairs by the master, and lovely Philip, who has the family's passion for the silk business and his own quiet love for Lenore herself. Then there's Julia, the spoilt and calculating elder sister, and quiet unassuming Cassie, who looks up to Lenore. Together, they will deal with a long-running family rivalry, the perils and trials of business and industry in Victorian times, love and loss and the discovery of birth and ancestry, secrets kept hidden for too long.
This saga story follows Lenore and those connected to her in life and love from her childhood at The Silk House in England to Florence, London, Paris and the French countryside before the mystery dogging her days is solved and she can find her happy-ever-after. A good read.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Victoria Holt is amazing! 16 April 2001
By Maria J. Arellano - Published on
Format: Library Binding
Lenore lives and grows up in the house of the Sallongers along with her grandmother whom is very skilled at dressmaking. The Sallongers have had a long time feud with an extended part of their family, the St. Allengeres, about which of the families is the best in the silk making business. When Lenore marries one of the Sallonger sons a mysterious chain of events unfolds involving seduction, greed, murder and revenge. I have only started reading Victoria Holt's books and I am hooked. She is an excellent mystery-romance writer and am determined to read all of her books. I highly recommend her books, especially for those romantics out there.
Sometimes Confusing 30 July 2013
By Eryn's Reviews - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am an avid Victoria Holt fan, but The Silk Vendetta was not my cup of tea at all. The dialogue was stilted -- there was too much of it -- to much redundancy -- and in many places unbelievable. There was no consistency about who was going to be the hero in this story for so much was going on and (without giving a spoiler) from the middle to the end Ms Holt took us all over the place. The daughter who started out young and sounded very much like a youngster her age, and that was fine, but when she got older, Ms Holt forgot to make the dialogue and reactions of the daughter grow up with her age. From age 5-6 to age 12 she sounded the same. Once again difficult to believe. There were too many subjects, too many characters who didn't play enough of a part to be a part of the story. The gothic elements of suspense were nothing like Ms Holt's other books. For me a great disappointment.

I kept watching and waiting for the ARC but didn't see that transpire either.
No, this was not my cup of tea...or if it was, it was lukewarm, at most.
Excellent read 23 May 2004
By sue bradley - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Silk Vendetta is one of Victoria Holt's best books. Mixing intrigue, mystery, romance and suspense, she weaves a compelling tale round the heroine Lenore, who grows up at The Silk House. The background of the silk trade is engrossing, and Lenore's character is compelling as she deals with the two men in her life, Philip - likeable and kindhearted- and Charles, as cruel as he is handsome. But as always with Victoria Holt, all is not as it seems, and Lenore has to go through a succession of adventures before finding true love. If you like your romances sevred up with plenty of adventure, then read this book. If you've read other Victoria Holt books then you'll know what I mean, and if you haven't, you're in for a treat.
a world of deceit 19 Jun. 2014
By augie - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I found this novel to be interesting as it takes the reader into the world of silk making and the dressmaker and her granddaughter Lenore who marries into the prestigious and wealthy family of the Sallonger, who owns the silk. There one will find the secrets of violent and mysterious acts and the shadow that plagues of deceit that touches everyone involved in this world. The drawback of the novel is that there are many repeated paragraphs that tries to make inference to the importance of the scenes, but if you can bypass this little annoyance than you will be caught up into the world of the Silk Vendetta. augie
perfect 5 Aug. 2013
By carly - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I love this book. I found this book on a boring summer night when i was 16. I could not put it down. I finished it in less than a week and lost it soon after that. I often thought about buying another copy but couldnt even remember the title or the author. Im 25 now and just came across it by accident while searching on amazon. So happy. Great read. I highly recommend. Victoria holt is awesome.
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