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Winterwood ➠ [Epub] ➚ Winterwood By Dorothy Eden ➪ – Thomashillier.co.uk Pursued by a scandalous trial that rocked London society, Lavinia Hurst has escaped, penniless, to Venice There she becomes acquainted with the Meryons Daniel, the handsome head of the family to whom Pursued by a scandalous trial that rocked London society, Lavinia Hurst has escaped, penniless, to Venice There she becomes acquainted with the Meryons Daniel, the handsome head of the family to whom she s immediately drawn, his vicious wife, their daughter who was crippled by a tragic accident, and the great aunt an ancient woman of enormous wealth who is near death The deeply troubled girl takes to Lavina who is employed as her companion at Winterwood, the family s lonely, isolated estate in England There Lavinia is troubled by the wife s evil scheming, about a nephew who hints that he knows her secret, and after the death of the aunt struggles to protect the now wealthy young girl from her ruthless mother.


About the Author: Dorothy Eden

Aka Mary ParadiseDorothy Eden was born in in New Zealand and died in She moved to England in after taking a trip around the world and falling in love with the country She was best known for her many mystery and romance books as well as short stories that were published in periodicals As a novelist, Dorothy Eden was renowned for her ability to create fear and suspense This earned her many devoted readers throughout her lifetime.



10 thoughts on “Winterwood

  1. Kristina Kristina says:

    Winterwood by Dorothy Eden is one of those musty hardcovers that my mother owned and I read first when I was an impressionable twelve year old or around there The men are distant and square jawed, but really kind and loving and usually they are saddled with crazy and or bitchy wives The romantic interest is always a well bred, well brought up young beautiful woman whose unfortunate family finances turned her into a governess or companion The children are perhaps incorrigible, but that s jus Winterwood by Dorothy Eden is one of those musty hardcovers that my mother owned and I read first when I was an impressionable twelve year old or around there The men are distant and square jawed, but really kind and loving and usually they are saddled with crazy and or bitchy wives The romantic interest is always a well bred, well brought up young beautiful woman whose unfortunate family finances turned her into a governess or companion The children are perhaps incorrigible, but that s just because mom is crazy and or a bitch Once the loving, beautiful and wise and kind governess is around, she tames their wildness and they become devoted to her The husband, of course, falls in love with her Unfortunately, the house is haunted or there s some weirdness going on or maybe the governess has a deep, dark secret that another bad man who improperly desires her is holding over her head Yield to me, exclaims the bad man, or I ll tell Fred everything In the end, the bad man is foiled because Fred, the loving benefactor, always knew the governess s bad, bad secret Oh, and the crazy and or bitchy wife usually dies In some sort of unfortunate accident Or maybe suicide That s always a good alternative.Is this book formulaic Oh, sure But so are many of the books romance genre or otherwise published today Quite frankly, I ll take a Dorothy Eden over almost any of the modern romance crap, paranormal romance crap, and all the other crap that is published now Eden s prose, while not sparkling, is decent and enjoyable Her story is interesting and the plot moves speedily along Are the characters complex and well formed Not really, but that s why god created literary fiction If you re brewing a pot of tea and need a pleasant book to enjoy with it, Winterwood is the book for you The dangers are just threatening enough, Lavinia the governess is likeable and smart, and the plot is entertaining Everyone is happy and handsome in the end Just how it should be


  2. Nicky Nicky says:

    Winterwood is a Gothic ish mystery romance, very much in the vein of Mary Stewart s work I think it rather reminded me of her Nine Coaches Waiting though of course, I don t actually read these books for originality I wasn t sure if I could root for the pairing, given that the main male character is married at the beginning and certainly affectionate and respectful with his wife, but it worked out fairly well with both halves of the potential romance keeping in mind the barrier between them Winterwood is a Gothic ish mystery romance, very much in the vein of Mary Stewart s work I think it rather reminded me of her Nine Coaches Waiting though of course, I don t actually read these books for originality I wasn t sure if I could root for the pairing, given that the main male character is married at the beginning and certainly affectionate and respectful with his wife, but it worked out fairly well with both halves of the potential romance keeping in mind the barrier between them The characters are reasonably likeable Flora is spoilt and willful, but also generous and capable of great affection, which redeemed her somewhat for me Charlotte, Daniel s wife, is obviously troubled and at times is rather transparently wicked, but there are also moments where Eden manages to get across some of the pathos of her character Daniel is a little bland, though.If you don t expect too much of it, it s a nice distraction Eden s writing isn t bad, though she can t quite evoke a sense of place the way Mary Stewart can I didn t feel Winterwood the estate very much.Reviewed for The Bibliophibian


  3. LJ LJ says:

    WINTERWOOD Gothic Romance Lavinia Hurst Venice England Victorian OkayEden, Dorothy StandaloneSt Martin s Press, 1967, US Hardcover ISBN N AFirst Sentence From the moment of leaving the hotel the enchantment of the night had grown.Due to an event in her past, Lavinia Hurst is in Venice as companion to her jealous cousin On a rare night at the Opera, Lavinia sees a family in the next box with an attractive man, Daniel Meryon, his wife, Charlotte, and their young daughter, Flora, who is WINTERWOOD Gothic Romance Lavinia Hurst Venice England Victorian OkayEden, Dorothy StandaloneSt Martin s Press, 1967, US Hardcover ISBN N AFirst Sentence From the moment of leaving the hotel the enchantment of the night had grown.Due to an event in her past, Lavinia Hurst is in Venice as companion to her jealous cousin On a rare night at the Opera, Lavinia sees a family in the next box with an attractive man, Daniel Meryon, his wife, Charlotte, and their young daughter, Flora, who is crippled They are there to take Charlotte s wealthy, elderly and infirm great aunt, Lady Tameson, back Winterwood, their home in England With Flora s developing attachment to Lavinia, and her attraction to Daniel, she travels, and stays with them as Flora s companion Aunt Tameson dies, after changing her will, witnessed by Lavinia and a maid, leaving everything to Flora Is someone now trying to kill Flora in order to gain the money In general, I enjoy gothic romantic suspense and this was the first book by Dorothy Eden I ve read The first problem I had was with the attraction between the protagonist and a married man Fortunately, they did not act on that attraction in a significant way My greater problem was I felt Daniel let Lavinia down in two significant ways first, in not supporting her in a couple of instances and, evenimportantly, by not letting her know he was aware of her past and it didn t matter to him I also didn t feel the author did a very good job of explaining why Jonathan was in the story until the very end Where the author did excel, in my opinion, was creating a sense of place Her descriptions of Venice and Winterwood were wonderfully evocative There was some suspense and a very good twist at the end but not enough to make me love the book


  4. dg dg says:

    best dorothy eden book i ve read so far the handling of disability isn t great but for a book written in the 60s and taking place in the 1800s, it could ve been worse the character development was good, atmosphere was well written, and the twists at the end were actually surprising and well done.


  5. Sharon Sharon says:

    4.5 Stars Love the Gothic Mystery Romance Books


  6. Anne Anne says:

    Not quite as good as Ravenscroft but still an edge of your seat Gothic which keeps you wondering who the villain is Recommended.


  7. Dorcas Dorcas says:

    A very forgettable Gothic I finished it not one hour ago and I m having to stop and think what it was about in order to write this review That s not a good sign.It has all the hallmarks of a gothic large manor in a bleak setting, tormented man of the house, unhinged wife, crippled little girl, an eccentric dying old lady smelling strongly of violets, lecherous cousin , and of course the inevitable little bottle of laudinum.The heroine is ravishing beautiful with a dishonorable history, basic A very forgettable Gothic I finished it not one hour ago and I m having to stop and think what it was about in order to write this review That s not a good sign.It has all the hallmarks of a gothic large manor in a bleak setting, tormented man of the house, unhinged wife, crippled little girl, an eccentric dying old lady smelling strongly of violets, lecherous cousin , and of course the inevitable little bottle of laudinum.The heroine is ravishing beautiful with a dishonorable history, basically her brother kills a man to, ironically, save her honor He ends up in prison and she goes abroad to hide from the shame, which of course is where she meets her new situation.The author saves the grand finale for the very last and for me it was too late and too meh to be satisfying Dorothy Eden can do much better than this.CONTENT PROFANITY Very mildSEX None, but the heroine does fall in love with a married manVIOLENCE opium poisoning


  8. Susan Susan says:

    I enjoyed this, though I it was low on the gothic element some woo woo stuff near the ending was mostly about the dynamics of a dysfunctional family Still, the characters were interesting, though at times I couldn t stand the children when they acted like total brats And there was the Jack Favell like character from Rebecca also in the story, stirring up trouble which added interest The story took place in Venice and England The author was sufficiently descriptive that I was able to re I enjoyed this, though I it was low on the gothic element some woo woo stuff near the ending was mostly about the dynamics of a dysfunctional family Still, the characters were interesting, though at times I couldn t stand the children when they acted like total brats And there was the Jack Favell like character from Rebecca also in the story, stirring up trouble which added interest The story took place in Venice and England The author was sufficiently descriptive that I was able to really sense both places, though neither had that foreboding atmosphere famous in gothics I think this is one of Dorothy Eden s better stories as I have read a few which I couldn t get through previously I have quite a fewso I hope the others stand up as well as this one has


  9. OLT OLT says:

    This was written in 1967 by Dorothy Eden 1912 1982 , who was born in New Zealand and moved to England in 1954 She was a popular writer of Gothic and romantic suspense, and, although somewhat dated, her novels hold up well for me as reads in 2015.Eden wrote her books from 1940 to 1982 and wasor less a contemporary of Victoria Holt 1906 1993 and Mary Stewart 1916 2014 Of the three, Stewart was the superior romantic suspense writer, but I have a soft spot for the Victorian Gothics of H This was written in 1967 by Dorothy Eden 1912 1982 , who was born in New Zealand and moved to England in 1954 She was a popular writer of Gothic and romantic suspense, and, although somewhat dated, her novels hold up well for me as reads in 2015.Eden wrote her books from 1940 to 1982 and wasor less a contemporary of Victoria Holt 1906 1993 and Mary Stewart 1916 2014 Of the three, Stewart was the superior romantic suspense writer, but I have a soft spot for the Victorian Gothics of Holt and Eden.WINTERWOOD is a classic Gothic romance Heroine pretty much adrift in life, penniless and homeless In Venice, while companion to a rather unpleasant cousin, she meets a British family on vacation and is hired as companion to their young daughter, who is wheelchair bound after a horse riding accident.Naturally, to follow Gothic guidelines, the hero is dark, somewhat brooding not as much as is usual , and his beautiful of course wife is very emotionally unstable and erratic in behavior There s an eccentric elderly aunt living in Venice who wishes to move back to Winterwood the family s estate in England with them to die there and her money is coveted by certain characters and her will, it is hoped, will favor them.There are interesting dynamics between the elderly aunt and the disabled young girl, and between our heroine and the girl There s also a mysterious cousin of the hero s wife who pops up in Venice and then again at Winterwood and the reader wonders at the relationship between him and the wife Secrets seem to be abundant Even our heroine has a past that she doesn t want revealed to anyone There are possible attempts on someone s life, romantic entanglements, maybe a ghost, and a bit of a twist at the end All good Gothic fun.As is the case with this genre, the story is fairly predictable, but the settings Venice and the English estate Winterwood are interesting and well described and the Victorian time period makes one forgiving of any outdated storylines


  10. Karalyn Karalyn says:

    I have a very mixed review on this book on one hand I hated the writing style, but on the other I really enjoyed the book I decided to read this book because it was one I received from my grandma when she passed away.As I started reading, the book was really slow to start I kept thinking, get to the meat of the story I also did not like the simplicity of the writing with complex wording woven throughout But as I started to get into the book I realized that the writing is really a time sta I have a very mixed review on this book on one hand I hated the writing style, but on the other I really enjoyed the book I decided to read this book because it was one I received from my grandma when she passed away.As I started reading, the book was really slow to start I kept thinking, get to the meat of the story I also did not like the simplicity of the writing with complex wording woven throughout But as I started to get into the book I realized that the writing is really a time stamp of the actual year the book was written in 1967 Once I became aware of the evolution of writing I started to really enjoy the book It was nice to go back in time when people were innocent and not corrupted by sexuality It really was enjoyable to read about a pure love story without all the sex and cheating


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