Title: The Time of the Hunter’s Moon
Author: Victoria Holt
Genre: HistoricalRomantic Suspense
Blurb: Cordelia Grant wonders if she is dreaming after she sees a handsome stranger in the forest at the time of the hunter’s moon, when legends say a girl will see her future husband. Haunted by the memory of this mystery man, Cordelia begins a new life as schoolmistress at a girl’s academy and finds herself pursued by Jason Verringer, a dashing land baron with a scandalous reputation: It is rumoured that Jason murdered his wife and mistress. But he has invaded her thoughts and is competing with the memory of the handsome stranger. Now Cordelia’s destiny depends on finding out the truth about two very different men . . .
My Thoughts: THE TIME OF THE HUNTER’S MOON was one of Victoria Holt’s best books but still a very good read overall. Took a while for the suspense to kick in but when it did it was a race against the clock to save lives; I think I clicked as to what was going on only a short while before Cordelia worked it out! There is one scene I was uncomfortable with as it broke out of the mould (and not in a good way) that you expect with these gothic reads. Cordelia is lured up into a barred room where the ‘dashing land baron’ tries to force himself upon her – she smashes her hand though a glass window to escape. Not a pleasant moment. Other than that I enjoyed the story’s journey.
I think the one thing I enjoy about Romance suspense generally it is the same basic plot line – Set in Victorian times the heroine is an impoverished young woman, usually orphaned, becomes a governess/companion to some rich Lord/Business man’s child or ailing/dying wife. Man has a past, and is usually suspected of murdering dying/ailing wife. The Manor/Large house/castle is dark and spooky (ruins optional). Heroine soon faces danger and has two (or more) handsome men falling in love with her, one means her ill, one she thinks means her ill and the other is a really nice man but not the one the heroine ends up with! Of course the mystery is solved, danger vanquished and love, fortune and happiness follows. THE TIME OF THE HUNTER’S MOON has all of this! It will not make any of the classic great literature lists, though I don’t know why not, but it IS a great book to curl up with on a Sunday afternoon while listening to music and sipping wine.
Rating: C – Above average. Was very readable and enjoyable.
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