I loved every page of this book! I couldn't put it down! And, it was written by one of my all-time favorite authors!!! I found "The Witch from the Sea" better than the first book in the series but not as good as the second one. The pace is fast in this novel, sometimes too much so, as suddenly a character I thought was, for example, aged four is now described as a year-old. But this is preferable to a story that drags its feet. I admire how the author manages to keep the narrative flow active despite a change of first-person narrator at about the halfway point. This sort of thing doesn't always work, owing to I found "The Witch from the Sea" better than the first book in the series but not as good as the second one.
This sort of thing doesn't always work, owing to the reader having identified with the main character for most of the book, only to have what had been a lesser character thrust into the spotlight.
Must admit to liking the original narrating character Linnet better than the second one Tamsyn , plus I enjoyed the first half of the story much more than the final part. That's not to say I felt it went downhill, but rather it lost some appeal to me. Whether this author is writing as Carr, Plaidy, or Holt, she's always good at creating suspense and mystery.
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This happens a couple of times in "The Witch from the Sea". I won't state exactly the parts I mean in case I create ant spoilers, so will just mention that in the second part of the book Tamsyn is in fear of her life. It left me thinking, "Is that it? Because of the above points I have to rate this otherwise enjoyable tale four stars instead of five. Unusual Story of Treachery and Love The third in the Daughters of England series, this one is set in the 16th century, beginning in with the defeat of the Spanish Armada. But once Colum Casvellyn, lord of Castle Paling, sees her, he makes plans to have her, drugging her to seduce he Unusual Story of Treachery and Love The third in the Daughters of England series, this one is set in the 16th century, beginning in with the defeat of the Spanish Armada.
But once Colum Casvellyn, lord of Castle Paling, sees her, he makes plans to have her, drugging her to seduce her. Forced to marry him, Linnet accepts her life at Castle Paling and the man she married despite the terrible truth she learns about his business. One day a pregnant woman washes ashore from a shipwreck. They name her Maria as she has no memory.
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She is an odd woman, thought strikingly beautiful. The servants call her a witch since she arrived on Halloween. Maria is an intriguing figure, acting like the mistress of the castle. Unsurprisingly, Colum is attracted to her dark beauty and Linnet is frightened for her safety. Carr aka Victoria Holt is a master at creating and sustaining suspense and she does so well in this story, first with Linnet and then Tamsyn, each living in fear of the witch from the sea.
The tale definitely has a Gothic feel haunted castle, mysterious witch, strange goings on, etc. Sep 18, Eileen rated it it was ok Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was looking for a quick, light and easy read and that's exactly what I got, so I have no reason to complain. I didn't connect with any of the characters, it's not original or anything special and it's not a story that'll stay with me for a very long time. Actual rating 1,5 stars. The story takes place at the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th century in England.
The war against the Spanish, brutal murders, looting and witch hunts are as much a part of daily life as eating and drinkin I was looking for a quick, light and easy read and that's exactly what I got, so I have no reason to complain. The war against the Spanish, brutal murders, looting and witch hunts are as much a part of daily life as eating and drinking.
I'm surely glad I didn't live in that era. It's all about Linnet, an innocent young girl, that is raped and forced to marry her rapist, because she is pregnant. Her husband is one of the worst kind and when she finds out how he makes his living it's too late. She wants to leave, but he doesn't allow her to take their children with her, so she is forced to stay and hide his secrets. The Witch of the Sea shows up at Halloween and is out for revenge.
Linnet dies a mysterious death and only after many years her only daughter finds out that it was murder which puts her in great danger. From the beginning until the death of Linnet it was predictable,but okay. With the first mention of Devil's Teeth I knew what was going on. The last pages were a kind of boring. Aug 05, Diane McCarrick rated it did not like it Shelves: This is the second of a series. I didn't like the first one I read and I don't like this one either.
It's very, very long and very, very tedious. I read half of it and that probably says far too much about me.
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Jan 16, Adriana rated it it was ok. I wanted to read a book about a witch. This wasn't what I wanted. I didn't much care for the storyline, but I finished it, which gives it 2 stars. Daughters of England Series No: No The Third book in the Daughters of England Series blurb - Although somewhat formulaic, these books still have the power to keep the reader turning the pages.
This one is set in Elizabethan England and tells the story of a young woman, Linnet Pennlyon, who is on the brink of becoming betrothed to one man, only to find herself forced to marry another, the rakish Colum Casv Read By: This one is set in Elizabethan England and tells the story of a young woman, Linnet Pennlyon, who is on the brink of becoming betrothed to one man, only to find herself forced to marry another, the rakish Colum Casvellyn, when circumstances intervene to change her fate. Her passionate relationship with her husband changes over time, when Linnet discovers some secrets about her husband that she would have been better off not knowing.
Moreover, when a stunningly beautiful stranger is cast upon the shores of the their castle, Linnet's life is never again the same. It is then left to her daughter, Tamsyn, to set to right what once went wrong. Aug 15, Stacy rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was slow for me until about midway into it.
Then it just took off and I could not put it down. It is in two parts. Linnet is a young woman who gets raped and then she is forced to marry the rapist. She ends up falling in love with him. After marrying him, she finds out that he has a dark side and many dangerous secrets.
While he appears to truly love Linnet, he makes it no secret that as long as she pleases him, there will be no other woman. While out walking on the beac This book was slow for me until about midway into it. While out walking on the beach one day, Linnet finds a beautiful woman that has washed up on the shore. She is injured and Linnet has her taken to the castle to care for her.
She is so beautiful and mysterious the servants soon begin to whisper that she is a witch.
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Linnet begins to fear that her husband will be bewitched by her beauty. The second part focuses on Linnet's daughter Tamysn. I will not explain anymore, not to give away any spoilers. Dec 13, Monica rated it really liked it. This is really a 3.
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I enjoyed reading it and it kept me reading but I was frustrated with this book for several reasons. One it switched characters halfway through the book. It needed to do this but I was not expecting it and it upset me. Second The first main character made a horrible choice and I just wanted to yell at her. I don't want to say what it is and ruin the book but nowadays people are put in jail for what happened to her and she seemed to think it was ok.
I have read many Victoria This is really a 3. I have read many Victoria Holt novels but not many of her books as Philippa Carr. I saw a few of the same elements in this book but it was generally much different from her Victoria Holt books.
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I do look forward to reading more. Philippa Carr book The Witch from the Sea is an interesting book. As with all series you expect some similar story lines, some similar occurrences, but the third book verifies that all her books could very easily be different. In this third book, there are actually two main characters, two daughters of England. And as in the previous books, the story is very compelling and full of surprises.
Although there were times when the husband and be Philippa Carr book The Witch from the Sea is an interesting book. And if you have read the previous books, there are some really sad parts in this book too. Jan 25, Janet rated it really liked it. I am re-reading these books in order When I can find them in order. I do own quite a few of these, but not all. I enjoyed them very much when I was younger, and although I still remember some of the story lines, it is fun to read them again. However, this wasn't one of my favorites because it is a stretch to me to see how she could be happy with this man.
You do need to read even the ones like this though, because otherwise there are gaps in the long story line of Philippa Carr. All of the boo I am re-reading these books in order When I can find them in order. All of the books fit together.
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Jun 01, MaryKate rated it really liked it Shelves: This DOE novel is a bit different from its predecessors because of its much darker, more Gothic feel. I'm sure the witch aspect of the story has nothing to do with that ;. We meet Linnet Pennlyon when she's older and of marriageable age of course and we see her life change dramatically when she meets Colum Casvellyn her future husband. We're also introduced to her daughter, Tamsyn, and hear a bit of her story as a young girl and woman as well.
This book is full of twists and turns that I did This DOE novel is a bit different from its predecessors because of its much darker, more Gothic feel. This book is full of twists and turns that I didn't expect and I'm just as excited to start on the fourth book in this series!
Carr has such an engaging writing style. I read a few of her works Well, so far, the female protagonist has been drugged and raped by the mysterious Colum and is now in a quandry. Boy, these novels would never pass the feminist smell test these days! I will say though it was a very interesting choice from a literary standpoint to have the narrator die halfway through and have the story picked up by a different person.
I actually used that in a project for my history class in high school that reminded me very much of how this book was done. Der Stil dieses Buches ist eine Katastrophe. Dieses Buch kann ich wirklich nicht weiterempfehlen. May 28, Tamsyn rated it did not like it Shelves: The only reason I finished this book is because it was the source of the 'y' in my name.
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Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I started reading Philippa Carr's books back in the 70's and had the entire collection. I found out that she also wrote under Victoria Holt and Jeanne Plaidy so I bought all of those books and read them all as well.
I love her writing because she's easy to follow and even though there are some hints of sex or violence, it's so small. These books contain everything I love. Love, heartbreak, and always a good mystery. It's not until I come to almost the end of the book that the mystery is solved. I also loved the fact that she puts a lot of historical facts in hers books, especially when she writes under Jean Plaidy and the Royals.
I love England and her books are just perfect for me. She's so good at describing things that I feel like I'm there. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. Romance is the name of the game in this book. This book delivers what we all want more romance and excitement in our life.
Overall I am very well pleased with this book and the excitement it has brought me. This book had me unwilling to put it down until I turned the last page. Would I recommend this book to other people? Yes I would including friends. I absolutely think this is great book. All opinions are my own and they are not influenced by anyone but myself. If this review helped you at all please vote yes below. One person found this helpful. Angelet and Bersaba were identical twins on the outside, but nearly opposite in temperament. Their story took place during the last days of the reign of King Charles I and through the battles that ended with the king 's death.
When both sisters love the same man, what will happen to the strong bonds that have always kept them together? Again Phillipa Carr has woven a good story into the fabric of English history. Truly one of the most talented writers out there. Read these books 20 years ago and love that I can now read them on a tablet.
Have been out of reading for awhile but this was a pleasant read to take one's mind off of things. I like these book because its generations of women stories I find it becoming repetitive though. I do like the author and enjoy the stories. All of this Author's books are excellent. She also writes under another name, Victoria Holt, whose novels are also absolutely awesome.
I am on my second time around with the novels under both names. See all 20 reviews.
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