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Penelope was to spend the first Christmas after her marriage at the country home of her great aunt Hermione, where she had lived as a child after the death of her parents. She looked forward to the traditionally peaceful holiday that she had known all her life. Before they left London, Vincent, her husband, gave her a present which was to prove a dominant factor in the events, tragic and terrifying, that followed. It was a small china doll.

During the weeks in which Penelope gradually realised that Vincent was, in fact, completely unlike the idea she had of him before their marriage, she met Philip Torrington again. Philip an aspiring playwright, whom she had known all her life, was now returning from a prolonged absence in the United States. Immediately disliking Vincent, Philip soon became suspicious of him. Yet he was unable to find substantiation for his fears until it was almost too late to save Penelope....

©2020 Margaret Yorke (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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Not her best work.

I am a big fan of Margaret Yorke but this was a bit of a let down. The "heroine" was incredibly naive and stupid throughout the book and the plotline could have been better. Nonetheless I enjoyed it but her later books are far better. This one is from 1961