Dragonwyck (Rediscovered Classics) [Anya Seton, Philippa Gregory] on Amazon .com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. First published in Of course it initially caught my eye for its rather hideous s cover, but then I realised that it was by Anya Seton, who wrote Katherine, which. Dragonwyck Summary & Study Guide includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis, quotes, character descriptions, themes, Dragonwyck by Anya Seton.

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They wanted it – ok!!!! Her mother has Miranda’s back because she was ‘that girl’ until she was in a way forced into marriage and started having children. I don’t want to take away from the book too much, setno course — it’s good of its type but I think that sadly dragojwyck type isn’t something I warm to all that much. The creepy lord of the manor has a sickly wife and hires Miranda as his housegirl and, duh, falls for her. I will never be a victim and to read of someone willingly, and blindly, overlooking the warning signs from their partner, thus remaining a victim to that partner’s whims, is absolutely dagonwyck to me.

This is a heart-stopping story of a remarkable woman, her breathtaking passions, and the mystery and terror that await her in the magnificent hallways of Dragonwyck.


Rose Cottage Mary Stewart. You are commenting using your WordPress. Is any of this really romantic?

Which periods do Seton’s other books cover, the ones that you’ve read, at least? She presents historical figures ie Poe and places them naturally and correctly in her story giving them more than a cameo appearance. There are also a young, red-haired doctor, a mysterious and frightening servant, a family curse, and a ghost. It feels so teenager-ish and melodramatic, plus the title makes it sound like some crazy science-fiction book.

Anya Seton January 23, although the year is often misstated to be or – Dragonwyyck 8, was the pen name of the American author of historical romances, Ann Seton. Suffice to say that Nicholas wasn’t in his best dragonwtck. She recovers, but her shining golden hair is shaven off during her fever, and she has unobtrusive brown hair ever after. I think I’ll add this to my TBR. Want to Read saving…. She managed to weave in several historical events that I was not familiar with and presented a picture of mid-nineteenth century life that was both believable and surprising.


The book would not have been any different had these authors not been characters.

Dragonwyck: Anya Seton – The Idle Woman

The novel shows her typical thorough research of events and places, though the accents are a little wayward. I gave the dragonwyvk three stars for the writing, which, considering it was Seton’s second novel, is remarkably mature and well-paced; the tension is palpable, the atmosphere evocatively limned on every page, and the chill of horror and suspicion is felt even in the happiest moments of the novel.

But she is an engrossing main character, perhaps in part because she is so unlike the smarter, wiser, less shallow heroines of better novels. Am I wrong or is their major head-swimming going on here? Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

Miranda is the heroine of the story, but Nicholas Van Ryn is the hub around which the story orbits. Dragonwgck else has misgivings, but Miranda is blind to his faults, even when one of his fault leads to a poor tenant’s death.

All in all, this was a nice book to while away some time with.

Dragonwyck Summary & Study Guide

The storyline, however, is not my cup of tea. Everybody has some dark sides. Her passion is kindled by the icy fire of Nicholas, the last of the Van Ryns, and the luxury of Dragonwyck, and a way of life of which she has only dreamed.

Nicholas is desperate for a son and heir and when it seems he will never get one from his wife, his eye falls on Miranda. The male characters were much better developed and interesting, the sociopathic Nicholas van Ryn and the rough, heroic young doctor. I felt like the character of Nicholas from the beginning is written as this handsome guy who you are just not meant to like. Ah, so that’s where I had heard this title before!


The dark intricacies of the Van Ryn’s marriage is hinted at but I was very glad to be spared from any graphic details.

The main character, Miranda, is such a silly and, seemingly, stupid girl who never seems to be able to make sense out of her predicament of marrying a psychopath. The storyline and historical accuracy is the book’s savings grace and I kept up with it and did my best to overlook the negatives. Somehow, I was expecting a different end. But what is less understandable is why Nicholas would fall in love with Miranda–the naive, young farm girl who doesn’t begin to understand him.

I thought it was some sort of fantasy. My copy had an afterword written by Philippa Gregorywhere she tries to make the case that the way the book is written, the readers are as repulsed by Johanna dragonwgck Nicholas and Miranda are and cheer when Johanna dies and Miranda and Nicholas get married.

The view spoiler [opium hide spoiler ]I feel, was a copout. Jubilee Trail Gwen Bristow. So it’s no wonder that his poor cousin Miranda falls hard for him when she comes to live with the Van Ryns, even though she’s nothing more than a glorified servant. Nicholas Van Ryn seduced me as easily as Miranda.


Miranda Wells is the eldest daughter in a simple, honest and devout farming family who live near Greenwich in Connecticut. Has she scooped the jackpot or drawn the short straw? But even dragonwycj her eyes are fully annya, she still lacks any insight into Nicholas’ psyche. The main saving grace and to be fair, it is a considerable one of Seton’s novel is that she imbues each character with realistic doses of foibles and quirks, giving them all depth that real people have.