Moura

Moura Anne Wicklow left her post as housekeeper at a girls school to look after the safety of one of her charges who was suddenly taken to gloomy Chateau Moura by her strange guardian Once there Anne foun

  • Title: Moura
  • Author: Virginia Coffman
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  • Page: 287
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  • Anne Wicklow left her post as housekeeper at a girls school to look after the safety of one of her charges, who was suddenly taken to gloomy Chateau Moura by her strange guardian Once there, Anne found herself fascinated by Edmond, the brooding surly master of Moura.

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  • Virginia Coffman

    Virginia Edith Coffman aka Jeanne Duval, Diana Saunders, Victor Cross, Ann Stanfield, Virginia C Du Vaul, Kay Cameron.A native of San Francisco, Coffman contributed movie reviews to the Oakland Tribune from 1933 40 She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1938 and was a movie and television script writer for Columbia, RKO, and other Hollywood studios in her early writing career 1944 56 She had her first success with writing novels in 1959, when Crown Publishing decided to take a chance on Moura, and the novel was showcased by Library Journal By the 1980s, Coffman was recognized as the author largely responsible for setting off the Gothics craze of the 1960s, earning her the reputation of Queen of the Gothics 1She quit her day job in Reno and became a full time writer in 1965 While historical romance novels seldom find their way into the literary canon, Coffman, who was both prolific and dedicated, took her writing seriously Her research for historical fiction was meticulous She also drew upon personal experience as a world traveler when setting some of her novels in Hawaii, Paris, and other romantic locales Several of her historical romances and gothic mystery novels were translated into other languages, and many have been published in large print and audio editions.She was recognized by Who s Who of American Women and Who s Who in the West She was a member of the Authors League of America and the Mystery Writers Guild of America The Reno Gazette Journal featured Virginia Coffman and her sister in a biographical story on April 4, 2002 In 2003, she donated a collection of her gothic mystery and historical romance novels to the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries.

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  • This beautifully written Gothic tale receives a clear 4.5/5 star rating. It was a lovely reading experience. Virginia Coffman writes a novel containing wonderful Gothic elements: atmosphere, a tarnished castle in France, a brooding, devil-may-care master, both handsome and dangerous, a vulnerable English maiden in search of a student who had been swept away, woods filled with angry, hungry wolves, and an Englishman looking for a frivolous, yet missing chamber maid. I loved it.


  • this is absolutely without a shadow of a doubt the most "gothic-y" styled book i have read to date, bar nones all there, everything you have come to expect from a fabulous gothic romanceI was spooked from beginning to end, and i loved the main girl Anne Wicklowd for these reasons I rated it as "amazing" with 5 stars. I have already started ordering all it's sequels, looking around carefully for versions with the old original art on them. I loved that I could place myself in Anne's position so ea [...]


  • Rarely would I say a book is "amazing," but I have to here. Virginia Coffman, where have you been all my life? This book had everything: atmosphere; beautiful, descriptive prose; creepy characters; suspense; a huge dose of the "creepy" factor. It kept me guessing and turning the pages to see what would happen next. For a Gothic-light story, this one packed a punch! If the rest of her books are this good, and I'm planning to find out, then I'm in for a treat.


  • Seriously , seriously disappointed! I couldn't read the kindle version of this book, so DNF. I bought Moura from for my kindle , have always wanted to read this , however I didn't read the reviews on before I purchased it, it is full of errors and missing whole sections , you can be reading and all of a sudden it cuts off mid sentence and they are in a totally different place and in the middle of a conversation with someone whom was not mentioned in the book prior (if that makes any sense) ok [...]


  • This was brilliant, the most Gothic thing that ever Gothicked. It sets up all the elements I love in 60s/70s Gothics.Reading too many of these as a child is probably why I used to want to be a housekeeper.


  • The gothic romance that started the big 1960s Gothic revival, by Virginia Coffman, aka "Queen of the Gothics." Set in early 19th century England and France, this is a fun, solid read-- very entertaining.


  • One of the all-time classic Gothic romances, and one of the novels--along with Victoria Holt's "Mistress of Mellyn"--that launched the 1960s and 70s craze for the late twentieth-century reinterpretation of the late eighteenth/early nineteenth-century genre. Liberally borrowing from "Jane Eyre" (in a good way), "Moura" has it all: a spirited young heroine, the sinister house, brooding hero, suspenseful doings, and of course, a final twist. It's pure pleasure all the way, with requisite chills and [...]


  • Excellent Irish heroine. A chateau in France. A Combing Lady Ghost. Murders. Wolves. Cellar and dungeons. Good friends. A dashing Master. Mystery. Spooky scenes. Carnival.To add more to these wonderful selection of things that I am always looking for in a Gothic Romance: the heroine's name is Anne. She is brave, sensible. Later on she becomes the housekeeper of the mansion (second best post to governess/nanny). She has likeable allies. She faces terrific moments (that made my heart beat faster). [...]


  • Atmospheric and keeps you guessing. Excellent read. I bought the first two books in one volume. Looking forward to reading the second.


  • This classic Gothic tale had it all--strong heroine, alpha male, insanity, gruesome goings-on--and all long before such stuff was common fare (it was first published in 1959).


  • When I first started reading 'Moura', I found myself wondering how it had managed to garner such gushing reviews on . The main character seemed to me quite lifeless - easily-charmed, overly-dramatic - and the writing almost unreadable: from a first-person perspective but written in an unusually third-person manner ('After all, my girl, this is 1815!').Yet, somewhere between Miss Nutting's and Moura itself, a sea-change seems to take place: the writing becomes fast-paced and gripping, Anne Wicklo [...]



  • Moura by Virginia CoffmanOriginally published in 1959This review is for the epub edition published in 2012 by Candlewood BooksOriginally published in 1959, Moura is considered a classic of the modern Gothic Romance genre, and its author, Virginia Coffman, is said to have been “largely responsible for setting off the Gothics craze of the 1960s,” earning her the reputation of “Queen of the Gothics.” It was during the late 60s and into the 70s that I, too, was bitten by the Gothic Romance b [...]


  • Four stars are for funis is an example of the right book at the right time. I just thoroughly enjoyed reading this, even though I suspended my disbelief. I would be interested in reading more books by this author.


  • Virginia Coffman may not have invented the New Gothic Romance of the seventies, but she seized the genre with both hands and ran with it. The Ann Wicklow series full of spooky castles, brooding heroes, eccentric domestics, mysterious deaths, and the classic spunky-but-not-always-bright heroine. A quick and fun read, and a good example of this style of novel.


  • Allegedly the original of the "modern Gothic," which I suppose is possible since the publication date in this copy is 1959. Wildly improbable in places, but enjoyable enough, and there are definitely a lot of nods to Jane Eyre, as well as a reference to Montoni from The Mysteries of Udolpho, so she appears to have some familiarity with her predecessors.


  • A gothic romance that I read out of curiosity, having heard that Virgina Coffman could tell a good story. She can, as I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would.


  • Gothic from the 1970's now available as an ebook.Not quite as romantic as Victoria Holt but heavy on the Gothic element.



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