The King of the Castle

The King of the Castle Dallas Lawson came alone to the legend haunted chateau the castle of the notorious Comte de la Talle deep in the wine country of France When she set eyes on the handsome Comte she knew she would ne

  • Title: The King of the Castle
  • Author: Victoria Holt
  • ISBN: 9780449451021
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The King of the Castle

    Dallas Lawson came alone to the legend haunted chateau, the castle of the notorious Comte de la Talle, deep in the wine country of France When she set eyes on the handsome Comte, she knew she would never leave willingly What she didn t know was that she might never leave ive.

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    1. Julz

      3.5 rounded up to 4This was a good book but didn't turn out to be the nail biter that some of Holt's other stories were for me. Maybe it would have if it was the first, but now I know her style. This one was about an art restorer coming in her deceased father's place without a head's up to the Ol' Comte. He's dark and dangerous and probably murdered his wife but of course she falls in love with him. There's a cousin who is to be his heir who gets married off to the H's mistress so you get all th [...]

    2. Jess The Bookworm

      This is a gothic novel, set in the French countryside. It has all of the elements which I love in a gothic novel: the beautiful old chateau, which has dark passageways and secret dungeons, an innocent impressionable girl who arrives at said house, only to discover that the owner of the house is dark, brooding, full of secrets and irresistible.Dallas has always followed in her father's footsteps in the profession of restoring old paintings. Her father has just passed away, and she has nowhere to [...]

    3. Sophie

      I used to love Victoria Holt's books, so when I found The King of the Castle buried in the back of one of my bookshelves, I had to reread it to see if I would love it still. In many ways, it did hold up for me, but I suspect that this time I was more aware of the author's formula than I used to be. Many of the clues the heroine missed about what was really going on in the castle seemed obvious to me, although I never felt like she was stupid because she didn't see them too. I liked that the hero [...]

    4. Misfit

      Dallas Lawson was trained to follow in her father's footsteps restoring old paintings but when he dies she's left at a crossroads - take a position as governess, take charity from relatives or try to continue the career she's trained for in a man's world. A commission comes in for her father from the Comté de la Talle of Chateaux Galliard and she accepts, although she "forgets" to mention her father is dead and she's coming in his place, much to the chagrin of everyone at the Chateaux. Dallas s [...]

    5. Nancy

      I read all of Victoria Holt mystery/romance books in my 30s. Holt books are a higher caliber of romance fiction than something like Harlequins. Historically accurate. Good recreational reading with something to keep you turning pages.

    6. Kristy

      I think Victoria Holt is my favorite author. She writes mysteries that have a touch of romance. She wrote back in the 60's and 70's so they are clean and good ol' fun.

    7. Tria

      I don't usually have any interest in romance fiction (though I do enjoy romantic fanfiction, for very different reasons), so it surprised me the first time I read this to actually enjoy that aspect of the story. The mysteries of the plot don't feel like they were created just to have something to hang the romance upon, which is a pleasant and refreshing difference from most books of this "historical romance" type that I've encountered in the past. (Please note, romance fans, I'm NOT saying ALL r [...]

    8. Urszula

      I have always been a fan of historical mystery/romance novels, thus I liked this book from the first page. I like Victoria Holt’s style – strong female lead, juicy mystery, misunderstood male characters and unexpected villains.This book is a very light read. The story is easy to follow, with great and interesting information about the main characters thrown in. The chateau made a perfect setting for a mystery novel.I also liked learning more about the work involved in art restoration and win [...]

    9. Sarah

      This book checks off all the gothic essentials (big old house, domineering man, dead wife, morally ambiguous other guy) plus the Victoria Holt added bonus of "kid in trouble". A part that stood out to me was the heroine's profession as a restorer of antique paintings and buildings. I liked that she had a trade besides "governess" (even though all the other characters keep saying what a good governess she'd be). I had trouble pinning down when it took place since it was never explicitly stated, b [...]

    10. Rubeena

      One of my favorite novels.When I get totally depressed, I often read this book.I recently came to know that there is a genre called Gothic romance and Victoria Holt is among the best. She knows how to tell a story-it has everything- romance, suspense,mystery,old world charm, French chateausI just love the way she has portrayed the lead lady character.If I ever get a chance to be a book character ,I want to be Dallas Lawson in 'King of the Castle'.I value this book as the best in my collection as [...]

    11. V.L. Holt

      Suspense, romance, history, a chateau, a vineyard, a wild child, ah bliss. The heroine was no wilting flower. She had pluck, intelligence. She was amused upon discovering her weaknesses, but didn't try to justify them. My favorite quote from the book; "I did not love him for his virtues." A fantastic read.

    12. Pam Walker

      This year I began re-reading Victoria Holt's books that I had first read as a teenager and because I had a sketchy list of ones I had read, I just started from the beginning again and find that I am enjoying them just as much as I did the first time. Holt is the master of the Gothic romance/mystery, and she never fails to not disappoint. This one has Dallas Lawson, art restorer, going to France to the chateau of the Comte de la talle in the place of her father who had recently died. The househol [...]

    13. Ana M. Román

      Mi historia con los libros de Victoria Holt es algo que viene de largo. Cuando era niña me encantaban, los devoraba, terminaba uno y empezaba con el siguiente. Ella junto con Mary Higgins Clark eran mis autoras favoritas, podía leer libros suyos uno detrás de otro sin cansarme. Luego, después de un tiempo, me moví a otros autores y las relegué al cajón de los recuerdos. Un cajón que he vuelto a abrir recientemente. Fruto de ese "regreso al pasado" es esta lectura, o más bien, relectura. [...]

    14. Juliet

      My mom & I read a bunch of Victoria Holt novels when I was a teen-ager. I came across this in a Half Price Books, and I thought I'd read it for old time's sake. I expected my adult self to be kind of bored, but I was so wrong about that. I got totally sucked in and I completely enjoyed it.What my adult self did notice was how much she ripped off--er, borrowed from Jane Eyre. It's like she had the outline of that first gothic romance pinned to her wall and she followed not only the same struc [...]

    15. Stephanie Ricker

      I had picked up The King of the Castle at the Durham book sale, and I just finally got around to reading it. Victoria Holt was a fascinating woman, as I’ve described at length before, and I wanted to try a few more of her works. The King of the Castle is a bit of a romance mystery that gave off a lot of Jane Eyre vibes, and I found it highly entertaining and somewhat reminiscent of Mary Stewart’s books. The (British) heroine is named Dallas Lawson, but if you can get past that, you’ll be g [...]

    16. Noemia

      Dallas Lawson was trained to follow in her father's footsteps restoring old paintings but when he dies she's left at a crossroads - take a position as governess, take charity from relatives or try to continue the career she's trained for in a man's world. A commission comes in for her father from the Comté de la Talle of Chateaux Galliard and she accepts, although she "forgets" to mention her father is dead and she's coming in his place, much to the chagrin of everyone at the Chateaux.

    17. Heather

      I do love a good gothic novel. It has romance, intrigue, and it's totally clean. An artisan come to restore old paintings falls in love with the mysterious lord of the manor who is rumored to have murdered his first wifed then there is the mystery of the long lost emeralds, worth a fortune, of course. I love this kind of book.

    18. Neja

      Books written by Victoria Holt are so cheesy, but sometimes that's exactly what you need. I've read a loooot of her books when I was 14/15 years old.at was the last time I've read them. I absolutely loved them at the time. I'm thinking of reading one of her books just for the old times sake! =)

    19. Chon

      I like the detail revolving around Dallas' profession and the mischief caused by the child. It was easy to guess most of the plot but I still had to finish the book to discover why the Comte's wife died.

    20. Leigh Jenkins

      A new favorite. This book delivered from beginning to end. Each character had such a strong personality and background you just wanted to know more. The outcomes were just as thrilling as the mysteries, I couldn't put it down.

    21. Ginny

      Terrible. It was one of two books I got from the library for Spring Break reading. The heroine had no admirable qualities and I wasn't sure why she was in love with the hero. All I wanted was a fluffy, happy beach read!

    22. Elizabeth

      Well, let's put it this way: I liked these when I read them in high school, and I imagine someone looking for a light romantic mystery would like them as well.

    23. Linda Conn

      This book looked so cheesy and old when one of my library patrons said I should read it. But, then I read it and was hooked. It is a very mysterious, cool love story. It is similar to Jane Eyre.

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