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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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ISBN : 3421697
Format Type : Hardback
Number of Pages : 248 Pages
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moura Reviews

  • Skye Skye
    2019-04-16 23:05

    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.

  • Christine Honsinger
    2019-04-26 23:00

    this is absolutely without a shadow of a doubt the most "gothic-y" styled book i have read to date, bar none...its all there, everything you have come to expect from a fabulous gothic romance...I was spooked from beginning to end, and i loved the main girl Anne Wicklow...and 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 easily empathizing with her completely. And the book was scary enough that when reading it late at night, I kept sneaking peaks around the room and down the hall, foolishly afraid like a little girl, lol.

  • Terri Edwards
    2019-04-11 23:48

    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.

  • Be Fisher
    2019-04-15 18:38

    Seriously , seriously disappointed! I couldn't read the kindle version of this book, so DNF. I bought Moura from Amazon for my kindle , have always wanted to read this , however I didn't read the reviews on Amazon 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 long story short - don't buy the kindle version from Amazon, if you can get the paperback version, do that . So disappointed. So I can't rate this book that held such promise as a good gothic novel.

  • Cate Marsden
    2019-04-26 01:45

    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.

  • Joanne Renaud
    2019-04-01 01:44

    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.

  • William
    2019-04-24 21:03

    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 thrills; and resulted in a string of sequels featuring heroine Anne Wicklow--one of which, "The Devil Vicar," also known as "The Vicar of Moura," makes for a great stand-alone Gothic by the author.

  • Yue
    2019-04-07 20:47

    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). Really, the scary parts were pretty scary. Her love interest may not be too charming but he was good. Anne is only 19, though, but she is very mature. Ah, well! That is impetuous youth for you. I felt eons older than the 30-year-old Charles Armitage.Con: Daddy kink, the age gap. He is around 35. Literally, twice her age. Ouch. And the ending was kind of abrupt.Obs.: I purchased the paper-book, since I've read bad reviews about the ebook format. My book, which is an old, used copy, smells divine.

  • Diane
    2019-04-21 23:51

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

  • Nancy Young
    2019-04-17 00:44

    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).

  • Katherine
    2019-04-14 20:44

    When I first started reading 'Moura', I found myself wondering how it had managed to garner such gushing reviews on Goodreads. 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 Wicklow suddenly develops spirit and a no-nonsense attitude, and instantly I was hooked, so much so that I could not put the novel down until the final page was read. Perseverance, it seems, was the key with this novel.The plot is gripping, the characters entrancing, and the villain adeptly masked by little hints which sidestep the reader: small clues in the story here and there. I thought I had guessed the villain from around the middle of the novel and it was refreshing to discover I'd been wrong all along! There is a delightful gothic horror to the tale, too, almost more so than 'The Woman in Black': dark corridors, scratching at doors, ghostly apparitions, sinister characters, wolves in the moonlight...All in all, a fantastic, gripping read which I would have given 5 stars but for the slow start. Persevere, however - 'Moura' is a deliciously spooky story which will keep you guessing to the end!

  • Amy
    2019-04-12 02:42

    3.5 stars

  • Kathy
    2019-04-10 19:39

    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 bug and I devoured them. Authors like Coffman, Victoria Holt, Marilyn Ross (who, I later learned, was actually DAN Ross), Phyllis Whitney and others filled my imagination with dark and gloomy mansions, broodingly handsome men, and housekeepers and governesses who stumbled upon mysteries and ended up with the man of their dreams. However, that was decades ago, and when I came across a large selection of Virginia Coffman’s books now available in ebook format, I wasn’t sure how these stories of my younger years would hold up. I am happy to report that when it comes to Ms. Coffman’s Moura, the story was as much fun to read now as it was nearly 40 years ago. If you go for romance with all the Gothic trimmings, Moura should definitely be on your reading list. Young Anne Wicklow, housekeeper at Miss Nutting’s girls school, gives up her position to respond to a former student’s plea to come to Chateau Moura in France. The chateau fills all the prerequisites of a Gothic locale—dark and gloomy building, surly servants, a master who obviously has a lot of baggage attached to him, and a ghost (the Combing Lady). The writing was well paced, and the descriptions really helped with creating that spooky ambiance you want with a Gothic Romance. My only complaint is about the transfer of the text to ebook format. To put it bluntly, it’s awful! There’s hardly a page that does not contain either a formatting error or a misspelled word. Quotation marks separated from words so that they appear floating alone, and line breaks in the middle of paragraphs are the most common of the formatting issues. There are also numerous spelling errors caused by whatever software was used. With all these errors, I could not help but wonder if anyone bothered to proof read the text! Thank goodness the book was not costly.Another thing I found unusual is that the copyright is not in the name of Virginia Coffman, who died in 2005, but is by Candlewood Books, “a division of Harding House Publishing Service.” I tried to look up this Candlewood Books, but all I could find is that it is an independent publisher that uses Smashwords. Makes me wonder how this publisher got the okay to reprint Ms. Coffman’s books, since her works would hardly be considered in the public domain.

  • Mary Jo
    2019-04-01 20:07

    Four stars are for fun...this 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.

  • Gail Gibbs
    2019-04-17 00:08

    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.

  • Leslie
    2019-03-28 02:39

    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.

  • Ralph Carlson
    2019-04-21 20:59

    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.

  • Hafiza
    2019-03-30 21:43

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

  • I Read
    2019-04-20 22:03

    I enjoyed the different setting to my usual books but I have read better.