The Legend of the Seventh Virgin
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There was a legend that six novices and a nun living in a convent in Cornwall had strayed from their vows, and one night, in a field nearby, six were turned to stone as they danced in the moonlight in defiance of their sins, while the seventh Sister was walled up in the building.
The famous convent later bacame the home of the St. Larnstons, the county's leading family, whose lives soon rivalled their predecessors in hauting mystery.
Kerensa Carlee dreamed of becoming a part of that famous house, but she was a cottage girl, and the road from her humbel dwelling to St. Larnston Abbas was a long one. but fate seemed to lead her to the big house, even if she had to enter it as a servant.
The Legend of the Seventh Virgin is the story of Kerensa Carlee, her growth from a young girl to a woman, and of the decisions she makes and how they affect her life. I could identify easily with Kerensa, and she and her best friend Mellyora actually reminded me a little bit about Scarlett and Melanie from Gone With the Wind. I loved the setting of Cornwall in South West England. There was a magical feeling to the whole book, which made me want to visit Cornwall and read everything else by Victoria Holt. ;)
Victoria Holt's real name was Eleanor Hibbert, and she wrote books under many pen names. Her three most famous pen names are Jean Plaidy (historical fiction), Philippa Carr (family sagas) and Victoria Holt (gothic romance).
Eleanor Hibbert at Wikipedia
Thank you karen-r for sending this book to Finland! I will try to find a new home for it!