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The Shadow of the Lynx chapter 1 The Shadow of the Lynx, meaning The Shadow of the Lynx, genre The Shadow of the Lynx, book cover The Shadow of the Lynx, flies The Shadow of the Lynx, The Shadow of the Lynx 473e62d091d53 Nora Tamsin Was Fascinated By The Ruthless Charles Herrick, But She Discovered That He Deserved His Name The Lynx His Love For Her Was Overwhelming And Frightening By The Time She Realized That His Plan For Her Was Part Of His Obsessive Desire For Revenge, It Seemed Too Late To Escape

10 thoughts on “The Shadow of the Lynx

  1. says:

    The Shadow of the Lynx is one of the four Victoria Holt novels that I picked up in an omnibus volume the other day I stayed up way too late the other night paging through this one It s kind of interesting but repelling Published in 1971, this was later days for Victoria Holt, when I imagine she was tired of writing governess marries the lord of the manor stories But this is not a romance so much as it is a story of obsession and revenge.Set in Victorian England and Australia, this tells the story of 17 year old Nora Tamasin, a strong willed young British woman who travels to Australia when her father dies, accepting the protection of her father s partner, Charles Herrick She s escorted by Herrick s son Stirling, and falls in love with Stirling on the trip But when she gets to Australia, Stirling s father, known as the Lynx, wants her too, and Stirling defers to his father in this as in almost everything else Nora, disappointed with Stirling and weirdly fascinated with the Lynx, marries him Nora gradually comes to realize that the Lynx, who was wrongly charged with a crime and shipped off to Australia as punishment, is obsessed with revenge against the English family that accused him He wants them broken and he wants to live in their mansion, Whiteladies Everyone around him, including his son and, to some extent, Nora, gets caught up in his Master Plan for Revenge Since this is Victoria Holt, there s also a murder subplot that gets wedged into our story There s also a very odd shift in perspective later in the story, as the first person point of view shifts to another woman for a number of chapters, but to say about that would get us into spoiler territory.Nora s father son romances, if you can call it that, were just too off putting for me, as was the fact that the father who she marries at age 19 view spoiler , though he conveniently dies not too long after hide spoiler

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    Adolescence is a nightmare.And no one warns you.Nobody sits you down and tells you Hey, listen, one of these days your body is going to start dumping a seriously overwhelming amount of chemicals into your system testosterone, estrogen, pheromones, and other assorted hormonal junk that s going to wind up doing a real number on you Mysterious drives are going to start engaging and the level of your emotional sensitivity will ratchet up about a thousand percent There s going to be a lot of shame and despair and a fundamental sense of frustration that festers twenty four seven And as if that weren t enough, one morning you re going to wake up, look in the mirror and discover your appearance, to quote Eddie Izzard, has taken on a general plague theme Odd patches of hair Pustule eruptions Sheddings and oils and rank aromas Sudden spurts of height and weight, even vocal tics and modulations all of which will be ever so apparent to the public at large and prove at the very least awkward for you or, and this is much likely, devastating in the extreme And everyone s going to expect you to live with this, to deal with this, to find a way to behave inside this that won t adversely affect your grades or your ability to mount, for old time s sake, that sunny disposition we ve come to know and love And so, you know, good luck with that.Most of us had to trick to the truth of puberty on our own And if you re like me and I suspect of you are than aren t , you took a swift right turn to a book and thrust your nose in for the duration.Those days were recalled to me recently at a library book sale, when I came across a tattered hardcover edition of The Shadow of the Lynx The story had been one of my favorites during that fraught stage of life and I added it to my stack on sentiment alone Would it hold up Strangely enough, that turned out not to matter.Nora Tamisan had only her father to raise her He was a dreamer an enthusiastic scallywag forever equipped with a scheme, an enterprise or an invention sure to make them rich When he sent her off to boarding school for the brief period of time it would take to unearth his fortune in Australian gold, she acquiesced as a matter of course, understanding this was his nature And when word arrived of his death The time came to discover her own Given over as ward to her father s business partner, she journeys to the land down under where her adventure will begin.It s so clear to me why I cherished this tale It s strong and straight and true These are stock characters, no question about it Types, tropes and clich s abound, along with the anachronistic gender perceptions that were a feature of the age Yet when your head is swimming against a ravaging hormonal riptide, you re going to flail for solid groundand, frankly, the hackneyed the better Trite is trite because it s familiar, and what s familiar is often safe I was looking for a primary color in what appeared to me to be a dizzying sea of luminescence, and this is where I found it My ship made shore, and glory be.This is why I find I can t begrudge a teen her reading choice Been there, hon Whatever gets you through Go with that.

  3. says:

    The most interesting thing about this book was its title DNF at the halfway mark.

  4. says:

    This book is special to me because it was the first book I got to read out of the Adult section of the library.

  5. says:

    I have a small collection of historical romance that I like to reread every now and then This is an extremely good read It paints a graphic picture of the lifestyle and complicated personalities of the characters and does not have a typical ending It s a romance without the graphic bedroom scenes.

  6. says:

    This book looked kind of interesting at first, but it soon turned out to be just a repetitive romance novel I thought it was a mystery novel I usually don t read romance books , and I just found it really predictable and dull.

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    Victoria Holt was a master of the brisk romantic suspense novel, usually historic and always with gothic elements, although in her novels these were never supernatural, unlike many of the other novelists of her day The Shadow of the Lynx is both similar and different than her other works It is one of the first to have much of its action taking place in Australia, which would become a favorite setting for many of her novels It contains all of her trademark sparring dialogue between characters Yet it is longer than many of her other books and it alternates points of view between two heroines, which she would never do again under this pen name One of its protagonists, Nora Tamasin, displays a quite rare ability to have strong, enduring feelings for several romantic interests, which is again rare in Holt s oeuvre and its love triangle is darker, and adult, than most Overall, a distinctive work within her canon and one that was a pleasure to re read.

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    Thomas Tamasin spends his life chasing rainbows and leaves his daughter Nora firmly ensconced at school as he chases the biggest one of all and heads for the gold fields of Australia He soon dies and leaves Nora in the care partner employer Charles Herrick also known as The Lynx for his dominating personality Charles s son Stirling arrives in England to escort Nora to Australia, but they make a curious stop at a country estate called The Whiteladies named for the nunnery it had been at one time and Stirling seems to have a strange interest in the estate and it s inhabitants Stranger still, when Nora arrives in Australia the Herrick home is a copy of Whiteladies Nora soon discovers that The Lynx has a mysterious past of his own, falsely accused of theft in England and deported to Australia as a criminal As the Herrick family s fortune increases it leads them ever closer to the obsession of Charles enacting financial havoc on those he blames for his false conviction Nora and Stirling return to England with Stirling bent on completing his father s plans for revenge They soon insert themselves into the lives of the residents of Whiteladies as Nora fights to stop Stirling before his lust for revenge destroys all their lives Whew, that s plot description than I care to give but there s not much on the product page I found this book a bit slow paced at times and a tad too predictable, especially the murder attempts on Minta I also found the alternating POV s between Sara and Minta in the latter part of the book quite distracting A nice comfort read for a rainy day it s a good book, just not a great one 3 5 stars.

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    When I was dusting off my bookshelf, I found this book, a book I read oh so long time ago that I barely remember the plot or the characters Which means that this book wasn t memorable at all But as I read the blurb at the back of the book, strange remembrance started creeping into my memory and I started feeling what I felt when I first read this book.It was bizarre The story was a romance story, and I liked the protagonist, but didn t like the love triangle she fell into by falling in love with a friend of her father and her son That was freaking strange I remember that the father was doing business with Nora s father, until Nora s father died or something Then Nora went to live with the Lynx and the son.The relationship with Nora and the son was flowering, and I thought it was really sweet Then out of the blue she feels something for the father too That was freaking creepy And nasty I was hoping that she d choose the son rather than the father But she chose Lynx shudders And the son ended up with a girl I didn t really like, but he was having an affair with her or something Anyway, they secretly liked each other and I felt that as a betrayal to Nora and my inclinations for their relationship Ms Holt likes to write strong, independent woman who fall in love with the strangest of individuals, totally unexpected though they re all handsome and hunky guys

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