Pool of St. Branok

Philippa Carr, Author Putnam Publishing Group $19.95 (399p) ISBN 978-0-399-13257-5
Carr, aka Victoria Holt, employs her storytelling prowess in an entertaining historical romance that moves between Victorian England and Australia. The tale is long and complicated, but attention is held as Angelet, daughter of Annora and Rolf of Midsummer's Eve, begins to enter adulthood. One incident marks her indelibly. At the superstition-laden pool of St. Branok in Cornwall, she is saved from a rapist by Ben, a young family connection on a visit from Australia. When she and Ben dispose of the attacker's body in the pool, their bond is strengthened. Ben returns to Australia in pursuit of gold; Angelet debuts in London and marries a charming scapegrace, a gambler who will eventually take her to Australia in pursuit of a fortune. There the stage is set for Angelet, by now a widow, and Ben, a putative widower. Doubleday Book Club selection; Literary Guild alternate. (September 25)
Reviewed on: 09/01/1987
Release date: 09/01/1987
Hardcover - 714 pages - 978-0-7089-8493-2
Mass Market Paperbound - 410 pages - 978-0-449-21551-7
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