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International Customers If you are located outside the U. About Product Details For years, Heather Tradescant had dreamed of the journey she and her father would take to England--a pilgrimage to the great gardens of history. Recommended for you. Escape from Five Shadows by Elmore Leonard. El Alquimista by Paulo Coelho. Innocence by Kathleen Tessaro. The Flirt by Kathleen Tessaro.
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Writer: Lyn Webster Wilde. Added to Watchlist. Photos Add Image Add an image Do you have any images for this title? Edit Cast Credited cast: Renu Brindle Sita Ishika Gurung Young Sita Robert Howell Mal Seiriol Tomos Edit Storyline The film sets a riddle: how do we find 'what is lost'? Genres: Short. Country: UK. Language: English. He is very insulting to his son, and eventually the reason for his behaviour is disclosed. One element which intrigued me was the references to the famous seventeenth century Pendle Witch Trial and the various victims of the beliefs of that day.
There is an attempt to tie it in with modern day the book was published in Wicca and other New Age beliefs, and one character, Jennet, has a major role in this, but it isn't really followed through and I did wonder why any of this was in the book at all. A lot of the story centres around Helen's relationships with the various men at the house - not only Frank, Jordan and Sean, but also Giles, son of the former owner and terribly, terribly nice but terribly put upon by a selfish wife and awful bratty son.
There is a hint of romance between her and Giles and her and Sean, although Jordan keeps her at arm's length with his distant attitude which descends at times into hostility. Meanwhile, I appreciated that Helen is a tough cookie, physically fit - she does quite a lot of climbing ladders etc - and brave, and also quite blunt, plus she is constantly lectured or teased about her weight and the amount of food she puts away.
So not a simpering violet.
In the course of the story it becomes clear that someone is trying to do her harm, and suspicion falls mainly upon Jennet and the housekeeper Doreen. One point I liked in the novel was that, unlike a lot of books with a romance theme, there were no steamy bedroom scenes. The only scenes set in the bedroom were completely unromantic, and the interactions with some of the men in the story never went beyond a kiss or two. That made a nice change!
Detailed descriptions of food menus are not that interesting, and do occur a lot. Also there is quite a bit of repetition, with various people going with Helen to see the access point where she got into the grounds etc. It was pleasing to see that the author had at least done her research about the history of the witchcraft trials - for example, one character tells another that witches were hung in England, not burned - but some of the Americanisms were a little throwing when spoken by characters who were not meant to be American.
It was fine for Heather, whose first person viewpoint narrates the whole story, to refer to 'pants' instead of trousers, and 'sidewalk' instead of pavement etc, and given that the Karims are apparently American also, not a problem when they spoke in a similar way, but I wasn't sure if Sean was also American until much later in the story. But Doreen used one or two American expressions and she is definitely meant to be English. This would have been far less common in than today.
I also wasn't sure why the Karims were meant to be of Eastern extraction originally: there was one reference to them not being practicing Muslims, and their portrayal was of wealthy American industrialist types. Like the witchcraft angle, it seemed a bit pointless. One element I found quite predictable, concerned whom Heather would eventually end up with, view spoiler [ because it is a common trope that the man with whom she spent the novel arguing had to be the one even if he didn't seem an attractive character hide spoiler ]. I did wonder if a certain nice person would turn out to be the villain: although I ended up wide of the mark, I think it might have been more effective somehow.
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Finally, the title of the novel is a complete red herring. Although the Dancing Floor is mentioned a few times, and Jennet eventually explains its purpose, she also says it is in another location entirely. So I couldn't see the reason for using it. The focal place in the story is the overgrown maze so perhaps 'The Labyrinth' would have been more appropriate, especially as the history of labyrinths and garden mazes is an important thread in the story. Given mixed feelings about this novel - enjoyed the exploits of Helen, was intrigued by the witchcraft angle but disappointed it didn't go anywhere, found it a bit repetitive in places and found the resolution of the romance subplot entirely predictable - I am awarding this a 3 star rating.
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Jan 25, Robert Beveridge rated it liked it Shelves: finished , owned-and-gave-away. After writing a surprisingly large number of witty, original gothic romances, Michaels is starting to get-- gasp-- predictable. Our spunky, not overly attractive, pits in the self-esteem department heroine, fulfilling plans she made with her recently-deceased father, has traveled to Britain to tour the great gardens therein. At one, she is staunchly rebuffed and refused entrance, but she gains entrance anyway. Surprisingly, the lord of the crumbling demesne is overjoyed to see her, and invites her to stay in his home for as long as necessary.
He older cad, dashingly handsome, filthy rich has both a son standoffish, far more interested in his research than in the goings-on around him, needlessly harsh with his words when forced to interact and a servant who looks and acts something like Pan who are both around heroine's age. Add in some seemingly-supernatural goings-on and Bet you can't predict how THAT one's going to turn out.
Still, Michaels is Michaels. The plot moves along at a fine clip, the characetrs have just enough depth to make her work stand out from the pack, and everything is quite satisfactorily put to rest at the end of the book.foralopphiga.gq
It's pure escapism of the most guilty kind. Good for turning one's brain off. But if you're looking for real quality, earlier Mchaels novels are the way to go-- Prince of Darkness, Houses of Stone, Black Rainbow, etc. Apr 07, Samantha rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , mystery. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.