Dark Shadows: Heiress of Collinwood

Dark Shadows: Heiress of Collinwood By Lara Parker, Dark Shadows Heiress of Collinwood continues the story of the classic TV show, Dark Shadows by series star, Lara Parker My name is Victoria Winters, and my journey continues An orphan with no knowledge of her origins, Victoria Winters first came to the great house of Collinwood as a Governess It didn t take long for the Collins family s many buried secrets, haunDark Shadows Heiress of Collinwood continues the story of the classic TV show, Dark Shadows by series star, Lara Parker My name is Victoria Winters, and my journey continues An orphan with no knowledge of her origins, Victoria Winters first came to the great house of Collinwood as a Governess It didn t take long for the Collins family s many buried secrets, haunted history, and rivalries with evil forces to catch up to Victoria and cast the newcomer adrift in time, trapped between life and death.At last returned to the present, Victoria is called back to Collinwood by a mysterious letter Hoping to fill in the gaps of her memories by meeting with the people who knew her best, Victoria returns to the aging mansion However, she soon discovers that the entire Collins family is missing except for Barnabas Collins, a vampire whose own dark curse is well known Victoria discovers that she has been named sole heir to the estate, if only she can prove her own identity.Beset by danger and dire warnings, Victoria must discover what dread fate has befallen Collinwood, even as she finally uncovers a shocking truth long hidden in the shadows .. Dark Shadows Heiress of Collinwood Dark Shadows Heiress of Collinwood continues the story of the classic TV show Dark Shadows by series star Lara Parker My name is Victoria Winters and my journey continues An orphan with no knowledg

  • Title: Dark Shadows: Heiress of Collinwood
  • Author: Lara Parker
  • ISBN: 9780765377760
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.My rating is 3.5 stars.Dark Shadows was a guilty pleasure of mine when I was growing up back in the dark ages of the 1980s Reruns of the show always seemed to be on the tv after school and kept me glued to the couch Hell, I even loved the 1991 remake Wasn t a big fan of the 2012 movie, though I loved Eva Green as Angelique Bouchard So when the opportunity to revisit creepy Collinwood came along, I had to take it.Things start off with Victoria Winters having lef [...]

    2. It s actually a bit strange how I looked forward to reading this book when it showed up in a package the other day I mean I have only seen the movie version which was OK I would love to see a non Tim Burton DARK SHADOW movie and I have never seen the TV series But, I do know some about the history of the TV series thanks to the internet and that wonderful cover intrigued me not to mention the description of the book I have a thing for time slips and here we have a woman that has traveled not onc [...]

    3. DARK SHADOWS Heiress of Collinwood is an unexpected and thrilling addition to the Dark Shadows canon Victoria Winters arrives on our literary doorstep with a riveting tale told straight from her heart, revealing a long kept secret at the core of the House of Collinwood Parker delivers in top form just the right blend of gothic mystery and vivid observation tinged with horror, tightly paced to maximum dramatic effect and told with fearless poetic flair Michael Culhane, contributing writer for Fam [...]

    4. 3.5 4 5Mon avis en Fran aisMy English reviewI did not know about the TV show at all, nor the books associated, but the synopsis of the story immediately intrigued me I must admit it I was afraid of being a little lost in relation to the events I admit that I had a little trouble at the beginning of the story to get to understand everything that was going on, as well as the lifestyle of the heroine Indeed, we find ourselves in the 18th century and we follow our heroine who, through several action [...]

    5. This one was disappointing.For most of the book, Vicki is solo It felt like an overly long prologue of her philosophies, traumas, and fears was being read while I looked at the foggy outline of Collinwood I kept waiting for the action to begin, the other characters to appear.All of us who have listened to Return to Collinwood are already aware that Victoria Winters is Elizabeth s daughter The teaser about the identity of Vicki s father will surely generate another book.The brief scene between Ba [...]

    6. Another wonderful visit to Collinwood, this time with Victoria Winters The details were outstanding and I felt like I was right there with Vicky while she made discoveries, ran for her life, visited some new residents of Collinsport, met with old acquaintances and encountered the ghosts that freely drift the halls of that gothic mansion.Perfect reading for a dull and dreary day to add to the menacing atmosphere of this story

    7. I had such high hopes for this novel, given it signified the return of Victoria Winters But while the premise held promise, the actual plot characters fell flat In the original series, Victoria went back in time with Peter Bradford AKA Jeff Clark to live out her life with the man who traveled through the times to get to her once I believe she actually came to be one of the three women to die from Widows Hill during the Leviathan reign though.Anyway, Victoria comes back to the present, all the w [...]

    8. The mysterious and macabre always follow the Collins family and all who associate with them The smart ones stay away, but sometimes just living in Collinsport, Maine puts one in the unfortunate circumstance of crossing their path A young woman who once lived and worked in their mansion returns after two years away and discovers the great house has been abandoned, the family is missing and events show that her life is in grave danger She of coarse sees no reason why she shouldn t take up residenc [...]

    9. I ll give it 2 stars but honestly it was hard to slog through Maybe I would I liked it better if 100 pages were cut from it Vicki has to make her way back to 1972 from living in 1797, being sent there during a seance on the show in 1967 or something I don t have a problem with fantastic actions like that, the ghosts and the fortunate, highly improbable finding of the diary, detailing Vicki s birth, etc plus her complete trust in a total stranger Those things made the show fun But the book was to [...]

    10. I read another of Parker s DS books a long while ago, and for the life of me, can t remember the title it ended with Dr Hoffman becoming a vampire I think she s getting better This was technically sound, if a bit old fashioned A bit too much telling vs showing and the pacing was all over the place But what I really admired was how deftly she evoked the feeling of the series I visualized all the actors who doubtlessly would have played the parts Alex Isles, KLS and Karlen, of course, but also Rog [...]

    11. 4 stars from Jana, read the full review at FANTASY LITERATUREDisclaimer just so you know, some of the books we review are received free from publishersHeiress of Collinwood 2016 is the fourth DARK SHADOWS novel written by Lara Parker, who happens to have been an original cast member on the gothic horror soap opera Dark Shadows, which ran on American television from 1966 1971 and has inspired a large number of tie in novels Ms Parker starred in the role of Ang lique Bouchard Collins, in addition [...]

    12. The ending was anti climactic, the author gave away the resolve of the mystery in the second to last chapter She made the character that she played in the TV show the villain, boring Much to long, and to much description, could have been less than 200 pages.

    13. I usually enjoy these books written by Lara Parker, a cast member on the show But i had a harder time getting into this one It could be because Victoria Winters was gone from Dark Shadows when I started watching.

    14. The return of Victoria Winters has arguably been at the top of Dark Shadows fans wishlists Vicki s storyline which began the TV series was frustratingly forgotten about once the supernatural elements became popular When Alexandra Moltke left the show and the attempt to recast Vicki failed, the character was written out with no resolution Vicki and the viewing audience were left without an answer to her quest Who were her parents Over the years, this has been addressed in various forms Both actre [...]

    15. I needed a break from all the serious stuff I ve been reading, and I have to admit that one of the stories hinted at, but then dropped, in the original TV show, had to do with Victoria s origins I liked what Parker did with Victoria s character gave her a little depth and strength, without changing anything about how she was in the TV show, in fact used some of the behaviors in the TV show and gave them a new explanation She seems to hint at, without saying, who Victoria s father was, so that w [...]

    16. I really enjoyed this most recent addition to the Dark Shadows mythos which has been developed from the 1,245 episodes of the the late 1960 s early 1970 s ABC television show and the two MGM motion pictures House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows that immediately followed Since then through the trans medial story telling of television, movies yes, including that one by Tim Burton , books, audio dramas, games, fan fiction and much the Dark Shadows mythos, which this year is celebrating i [...]

    17. Before the werewolf Quentin Collins, before the witch Angelique Bouchard, before the vampire Barnabas Collins, there was the lovely, soft spoken governess who came to Collinwood to care for the young, willful David Collins After finding true love in the late 18th Century, she disappeared from the lives of the Collins family, seemingly forever Now, years later, she returns to the present of 1972 and to the mysterious estate to learn the truth about her lineage, and to save the only family she s e [...]

    18. Lara Parker, thank you for writing this novel Victoria Winters is my favorite Dark Shadows heroine Some time ago, maybe right after Wolf Moon Rising was published, you announced you would tell Vicki s story in your next novel I ve been looking forward to reading this ever since I think maybe I ve been looking forward to reading this since 1966 I was born in 1975, so that s saying something But then if Vicki can move through time Of all the continuations of the original Dark Shadows tv show, I fi [...]

    19. I have read other books by the author and liked them but this one was somehow not as satisfying It starts off with Victoria working at a news station She gets news about Collinwood and goes there, finding the house abandoned All the Collins family have disappeared If she can prove she is who she says she is she will inherit the entire estate.This sets Vickie off on a hunt for proof of who she is and this leads her to her former orphanage and even to a gypsy camp Barnabas is heavily involved and [...]

    20. Nicely doneThis is probably the best one since the first by Ms Parker She does a magnificent job of capturing the surreal quirkiness of the series It could have used Barnabas and Quentin is only mentioned, but still, if you loved the show, you really need to scope this one out.

    21. Victoria Winters Returns As was the case with her previous Dark Shadows adventures this book reads like lost episodes of the classic series from which they draw inspiration For longtime fans and even for those for whom this is their first visit to Collinwood The Heiress of Collinwood will not disappoint.

    22. I have been reading such amazing, bestselling female authors lately, that it is a bit unfair to compare this book to theirs, but that may be why I didn t rate it as highly it is a good, fun, engaging story tho, and a definite must read for all Dark Shadows fans

    23. As usual, Ms Parker dazzles with her writing style, but I didn t like this story line as much as her other books.

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