I'm very happy to read Victoria Holt on kindle. I'm one of the people who devoured her books in the 80s and 90s. It's such fun to re-read a book that you loved. This story is classic Victoria Holt, a little gothic, some mystery weaving throughout the novel (here it's the Green Flash Opal), a love story with lots of downs, before the ups, family dynamics and societal expectations (which the heroine doesn't buy into). I recommend this book to anyone, it's a classic.
I love reading historical fiction, so I jumped all over this one, when I was offered the chance to review.
And I’m very happy for the opportunity to read it.
There’s lots of action and sub-plots at the beginning and the writing is great.
There are parts with lots of action, like the battle scenes, but there are also long stretches at sea, which could be tedious to read, but surprisingly aren’t. I thought it was very interesting to catch this glimpse of what life on board a ship at that time would have been like. The characters are all well developed with very distinctive personalities.
overall a book that could have been bad, but isn’t. A story that could have been boring but it riveting.