Devil on Horseback

Devil on Horseback

Victoria Holt / Dec 07, 2019

Devil on Horseback From the moment that beautiful eighteen year old Minella Maddox saw Charles Augueste the haughty arrogant Comte Fontaine Delibes his satanic looks thrilled her with a sense of danger and excitement

  • Title: Devil on Horseback
  • Author: Victoria Holt
  • ISBN: 9780449205006
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the moment that beautiful eighteen year old Minella Maddox saw Charles Augueste, the haughty, arrogant Comte Fontaine Delibes, his satanic looks thrilled her with a sense of danger and excitement The Comte, too, liked what he saw He decided that he would marry Minella, and nothing would be allowed to stand in his way not even his wife.

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        Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.Eleanor Alice Burford, Mrs George Percival Hibbert was a British author of about 200 historical novels, most of them under the pen name Jean Plaidy which had sold 14 million copies by the time of her death She chose to use various names because of the differences in subject matter between her books the best known, apart from Plaidy, are Victoria Holt 56 million and Philippa Carr 3 million Lesser known were the novels Hibbert published under her maiden name Eleanor Burford, or the pseudonyms of Elbur Ford, Kathleen Kellow and Ellalice Tate Many of her readers under one penname never suspected her other identities.


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    1. This is the first Gothic romance that I have ever read and it literally amazed me. This was an impulse buy on my recent holiday in Wales. I was happy and relaxed; it was a sunny day and I was just yards away from the beach. It was initially the blurb that captured my imagination.There is nothing better than someone who sparkles. I have a friend Lindsay who I have admired from afar for many years and she is a veritable blue stocking. But the men love her. She gives off this air of intrigue and my [...]


    2. Synopsis:From the moment that beautiful eighteen-year-old Minella Maddox saw Charles-Augueste, the haughty, arrogant Comte Fontaine Delibes, his satanic looks thrilled her with a sense of danger and excitement. The Comte, too, liked what he saw. He decided that he would marry Minella, and nothing would be allowed to stand in his way . . . not even his wife~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I just finished this and I'm exhausted. This one had me tied in knots with all the twists and turn [...]


    3. A rather watery version of the much stronger plot and characters from Holt's fabulous Demon Lover. Devil on Horseback's heroine is by contrast stupid, wishy-washy, and weak, while the male protagonist is too tamed and earnest to provide the frisson that a great, gothic, anti-hero could provide. But the most frustrating part of all this was that it took four fifths of the book to finally arrive at the French Revolution, which has been painstakingly hinted at through pages and pages of meticulousl [...]


    4. I read lots of Victoria Holt’s gothic romances when I was in my twenties. I still have several battered old paperbacks sitting on my shelves, of which The Devil on Horseback is one, although I haven’t read it for quite some time. But when I saw it was one of the – sadly few – titles available in audiobook format, I pounced on it eagerly. The Devil on Horseback is narrated by Davina Porter, who I am sure many will recognize as the voice of the Outlander series (although I confess this is [...]


    5. Not the best book by this author that I've read over the years but still enjoyable. I mostly liked the background of the French Revolution. The story revolves around the haughty aristocrat Comte Fontaine Delibes and a young English woman Minella Maddox. The Comte sees Minella and decides that he will have her, the fact that he is married won't stand in his way.Being by Victoria Holt, I knew that the story would not be "PC" by any means but it was a surprisingly "clean" romance. I enjoyed the "te [...]


    6. Melodramatic and "clean" as far as romance goes (I know some people care about that). Although, IIRC the hero does smooch the heroine while his wife is still alive. And before he and the heroine get married. So maybe it's really disgustingly immoral. Anyway, I might have read this book when I was a youngster, because I did read a lot of VH's books. Lately I've been working on reacquainting myself with them. I definitely got more of a thrill out of them when I was 12. This one is what I'm realizi [...]


    7. Wow, what an interesting read! I could not put this book down, but surprisingly it was not because of the romance between the hero and heroine, which was sadly lacking. It was because of the intriguing story-line, the French Revolution, the plight of one of my favorite secondary characters ever (the heroine's spoiled best friend and hero's daughter, Margot), and then there was the love triangle between the hero and the heroine's other suitor Joel. I never thought that I would enjoy a romance wit [...]


    8. 4 and 1/2 stars Proper Englishwoman Resists the love of a Dark French Count in France.Another of Victoria Holt’s Gothic romances, this one set in 18th century France during the time leading up to the French Revolution. The hero is a domineering French count and the heroine a very proper English schoolteacher. Their lives become entangled when he pays a trip to England. Neither can deny the growing attraction to each other, despite he is married.Aristocrat Comte Fontaine Delibes married young a [...]


    9. I actually didn't quite finish this book! the romantic male lead is a French nobleman (the Comte) during the French Revolution. there's a lot of weird politics included in this book. the Comte once ran over and killed a small child with his carriage, because he was in a bad mood and driving his carriage recklessly made him feel better - so he adopted the boy's twin and sends the family money. he has his own daughter sent away during a surprise pregnancy and the baby is fostered out and when the [...]


    10. 4 and 1/2 Stars - Proper Englishwoman Resists the love of a Dark French Count in Revolutionary FranceAnother of Victoria Holt’s Gothic romances, this one set in 18th century France during the time leading up to the French Revolution. The hero is a domineering French count and the heroine a very proper English schoolteacher. Their lives become entangled when he pays a trip to England. Neither can deny the growing attraction to each other, despite he is married.Aristocrat Comte Fontaine Delibes [...]


    11. I found this story so interesting. Not because of the characters, although I did like them, but because it was set in Paris during the French revolution. The entire story I was on tenterhooks, waiting for the axe to fall. You can always trust Victoria Holt to be historically accurate, and she certainly didn't disappoint with this story.As I also mentioned, the characters in this story were really likeable and believable. My main criticism with some of Holt's love interests is that they are just [...]


    12. Some of my favorite Victoria Holt books are out of print, such as Manfreya in the Morning. But this is an excellent example of her writing. So many romance writers today seem to think that explicit sexual acts and descriptions are needed for romance novels. But that is porn; not romance. Victoria Holt knew how to write true romance with always a bit of mystery thrown in! Highly recommend any of her novels.


    13. Do you love reading about the tension between two people as they fall in love, especially when the woman is beautiful, aloof, naive, and persued by a man who is irresistable, possessive, and maybe just a titch evil? Then you'd love every Victoria Holt novel ever written (which is like 5,000)!Devil on Horseback is set in the months leading up to the French Revolution, which adds ANOTHER layer of tension! Yes! Seriously, I cannot get enough Victoria Holt.


    14. 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.


    15. This is one of Holt's better works. It is set during the French Revolution and happily gets away from the whole Lord of the Manor falls for governess formula.


    16. Thoughts on old-school gothic romance: no tongues, no second-base, use your imagination; the servant classes are either kind or utterly treacherous; when someone shoots at you, don't tell the help; castles are the best! Never marry a man who doesn't have one. Enjoyed the hell out of revisiting the genre and author that helped turn me into an avid reader, and especially appreciated the audiobook performed by Davina Porter who also narrates Judith Ivory's wonderful Sleeping Beauty.


    17. type of book: romanceI received this book from/at: BJ got it for free with a bundle of other books from old Southside librarymy interest in this book is: needed something to read & the title intrigued meeas expressed/message/plot: It's a girlie fantasy about a young girl who is very Jane Eyre. She is the daughter of an English school teacher who befriends a French classmate & falls in love with her (father/uncle? I can't remember) the man who si known as the devil on horseback.when I fin [...]


    18. I couldn't understand the logical, English heroine. She's given many opportunities to get out of there, several dire warnings, including attempts on her life, and she ignores it all. This is all before she even 'realizes' she's in love with the Comte, who has NO redeeming qualities at all, except maybe the illusion of excitement. Minella was 'overwhelmingly stupid' as another reviewer said, and it was painful to finish the book, knowing she would never do what was obviously the right thing, and [...]


    19. I really loved this book about an English schoolmistress who finds love during the French revolution. The historical setting was very vividly created. Minelle is strong, and loyal, and has a little bit of spunk, which made her a likeable character. Her love story is also good because she likes men who are not that great for her. Something about which I know. Overall, a great book that I highly recommend.


    20. 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! =)


    21. This historical romance novel wasn't bad, but it wasn't the best either. It seemed seriously dated. I was frustrated that the nice guy never kissed her or made serious moves aside from asking for her hand in marriage. I was frustrated that she was obsessed with the Comte in spite of evidence that he really was a bad guy. I was disappointed with the ending. I felt that this kind of story encourages women to choose dangerous bad guys as partners if passion is there over more sensible partners.


    22. Es el segundo libro que leo de la autora y me ha gustado mucho más. Es una muy buena trama, en la Francia e Inglaterra de los años de la revolución. Me gustó como trato los temas y como mezclo la seriedad de la lucha social de la época, algo de feminismo por ahí y las historias de amor y desamor de los personajes. El final lo encontré muy tierno y me dejó un muy buen gustito en el corazón.


    23. I bought this book because it was by Victoria Holt, but groaned when I got it home and read the blurb, because the basic plot is one of my least favorite. Although really the title gives it away, had I been paying attention. The heroine falls madly for an arrogant guy who is married to someone else and has had dozens of mistresses and other assignations over the years, but she believes – or at least hopes -- he’s been a victim of circumstances all this time and will actually settle down and [...]



    24. I was hopeful when I started this novel, as it is set in the days just before the French Revolution, which is a period I love to read about. But this is not one of Holt's better offerings -- in fact, the only reason I bothered to finish reading it was because I had taken the book on vacation with me, and had few other reading options available at the time.I spent most of the book being irritated by the characters (I dearly wanted the principal love interest to be trampled by a herd of pigs, as h [...]


    25. My rating: 2.5/5The usual Holt equation = headstrong, smart (but penniless) heroine + the brooding could-be-cruel man who annoys her but ends up winning her heart. The story is set in France, at the outset of the French Revolution. Strong-willed and clever, Minella, is suddenly orphaned when her beloved mother, an English school mistress, dies. She is given the opportunity to move to France, serving in the household of the haughty, arrogant Comte Fontaine Delibes as a companion to his wayward da [...]


    26. Once again Victoria Holt has created another well-written and intriguing romance. The characters were captivating and deep. I love mysterious and troubled rogues and the Comte definitely falls into that category. The heroine was intelligent and self-possessed but with a little fire to her. I enjoyed the book from the first page to the last.


    27. I was given The Devil on Horseback by a friend during my first year of University. Up until that point I had never read a Victoria Holt novel. I am very grateful to that person for having chosen this book as a gift. It was a great introduction to Victoria Holt. Now she is one of my favourite authors.


    28. Many things to say, many things yo forget.This is the type of character you don't want around your daughter.This is the type of book that makes you cry and leaves you shakenly shattered emotionally and sentimentally. But at the same time it does have some good things that make it shine. It is a drama, yeah, but it has substance and style. You won't regret it.


    29. Re read today after nearly 30 years.Not my favorite but still fun.Set during the French Revolution, the heroine here is actually pretty with gold hair and blue eyes- not he usually plain Jane Holt heroine.The best thing about Hero is his name: Comte Charles August Fontaines Delibes!11/29/2013Re-read again from Open LibraryOne of my top 5 Holts


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