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According to ancient Black Forest legend, on the Night of the Seventh Moon, Loke, the God of Mischief, is at large in the world. It is a night for festivity and joyful celebration. It is a night for singing and dancing. And it is a night for love.Helena Trant was enchanted by everything she found in the Black Forest -- especially its legends. But then, on the Night of theAccording to ancient Black Forest legend, on the Night of the Seventh Moon, Loke, the God of Mischief, is at large in the world. It is a night for festivity and joyful celebration. It is a night for singing and dancing. And it is a night for love.Helena Trant was enchanted by everything she found in the Black Forest -- especially its legends. But then, on the Night of the Seventh Moon, she started to live one of them, and the enchantment turned suddenly into a terrifying nightmare . . ....

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ISBN : 9780345470386
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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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On the Night of the Seventh Moon Reviews

  • Marianne MC
    2019-06-27 01:33

    I read nearly all of Victoria Holt's books, but this was by far my favorite. I still remember the excitement of the mystery and love story. I just recently ordered my own copy to read it again. Her books have clean romance they are a simplified version of the types of stories Jane Austin writes. They often have a lower class girl/governess who falls in love with someone out of her league. There is often a mystery of murder or kidnapping to go along with it. They are set in castles or on the moor's with fancy dresses and parties. They are just fun easy books to entertain yourself.

  • Obsidian
    2019-06-24 01:48

    I read this for "Gothic square". "On the Night of the Seventh Moon" by Victoria Holt.So I just realized after finishing this book that I really can't write a very in-depth review, because if I do I'll be spoiling the entire book. So I'm going to try to keep this to just general things and then you can make a decision if you want to read this for Halloween book bingo.On the night of the seventh moon is told from the first person point of view of a young girl named Helena. Helena is raised in a loving household, the only fly in the ointment so to speak is the fact that her parents are both desperately in love with each other and that doesn't leave a lot of love left over for her when they are in the same room together.Helena's mother is from a Germanic country. The book doesn't really come out and say where she's from exactly and I couldn't guess and I was honestly not really in the mood to go do some digging about this. Helena's father is English and though many around them don't think the marriage is going to work, it does.The only thing that Helena's mother really wanted was for her daughter to be sent away to learn Germany and French and other things and Helena is eventually sent to a boarding school that's near a town that her mother knows. So we find out pretty early on that Helena is sent away from home for four years and is being raised and taught by nuns.Everything kind of goes sideways for Helena when she gets lost in a forest when mist suddenly forms. Helena meets some mysterious man and she calls him Siegfried. He takes her back to his lodge (as one does) and then goes about trying to seduce her. Long story short, everyone around can tell that Siegfried is up to no good, but Helena feels so excited by things. Blech. This little adventure ends up with her almost being raped (she bolts the door and is later awoken by the doorknob turning) but in the light of day is disappointed. Smack upside the head for Helena.Cue Helena having to go home after her mother passes away and then her father does as well. Being forced to go home to her dreary little village and not be able to see her Siegfried again it's just making her sad. I on the other hand think that if she had any sense she would realize that Siegfried was not a cool dude and she should just move on but then we wouldn't have a story here if that's what the author chose to do what do we?Fast forward to some relatives of Helena's mother showing up and when she's given the opportunity to return with them to be at a nearby Village that is close to her old school she jumps on it because of course all she's thinking of is seeing her Siegfried again.And see him again she does. I'm not going to talk much after that because that's where the mystery lies and the entire rest of the book is Helena unraveling who's being truthful and who is lying to her. I do have to say that even when she does find out what's been going on I think that she took things way too laid-back for for what I would have probably have done. And I honestly wish that Holt had just decided to end the book in a different way because I never did warm up to Siegfried.I have to say that I thought that the writing that Holt did in this one was very good. I love the descriptions of the town's and other locations that appear in this story. Holt really made me feel like I was Helena in a couple scenes as she becomes more and more thrilled with her surroundings. Everything sounds positively Gothic at times which was nice to read on an overcast day. The ending just turned into a mess though. Once again won't spoil for others, but it just didn't make a lot of sense at all. Then Holt does an epilogue that shows what happened to everyone and I ended up just feeling dissatisfied.

  • Misfit
    2019-06-07 03:36

    "Sometimes, looking back, I ask myself: Why did you accept this and that? Why did you not inquire more closely into these strange things that happened to you?"I was wondering that myself. Long story short. Helena Trant is attending school in Bavaria and the local villagers have this old festival every year on the night of the seventh moon. Lots of drinking and partying and creepy mists in the forest, and our poor heroine gets herself lost and then found by an ever-so-handsome-mystery man. IIRC, she's sent home to England and then comes back and that's when she meets her mystery man again and they are married in secret. Or are they married? Just who is this mystery man and why does he disappear from her life after three days of wedded bliss? Or were they married?Don't you worry guys, you can guess every bit of plot point coming a mile away. I kept hoping Ms. Holt would pull the rug out from under me and surprise me at the end, but no...Kindle copy obtained via library loan.

  • Sarah
    2019-06-11 02:24

    Aww yeah, 1970s Victoria Holt. This was the sort of thing I read with abandon in my impressionable late middle/early high school years, and is probably to blame for my deep lingering affection for anything gothic-tinged. This book has some issues--repetition of certain phrases and themes, and characters who are too stupid to live, mainly--but if you cut it some slack, it's thoroughly enjoyable.

  • Addy
    2019-06-12 03:49

    This is not usually a book I would pick up but I remember a friend of mine giving it to me to read but I had never finished it. I had fond memories of it, so when I found it at the goodwill, practically in pieces too, I gave it a shot and couldn't be more glad that I did! Though this book is quite old, it delivers a slamming story. I would say this is romance with lots of mystery as I couldn't figure out what was going on until it was practically laid out for me at the end. I so enjoyed this book and plan to read more of her this year. Pb's are easily found, so that's good. 5 moons for me!

  • Laura
    2019-05-28 03:23

    I picked up an old copy of this book for $0.25 the other day when I dropped off some items at my local donation centre. The pages were yellowed and the writing small but the topic intrigued me. It's been many years since I last read Victoria Holt, an author known as "the supreme writer of the 'gothic' romance".Mystery, suspense, mystical forests, dark foreboding castles, trickery and folklore legends together with interesting characters made this book a very good read.The story is told from Helena Trant, the heroine's point of view as she recaps her past, a past shrouded in mystery as she tries to uncover exactly what happened to her on the night of the seventh moon — when a festival celebration of mischief took place. She is rescued by a handsome stranger with whom she strongly believes to have fallen in love and subsequently married, only to wake up to a psychological nightmare of being told it had been all a dream and none of it had happened.The mystery deepens as we speed through the pages to uncover what really happened. Some of it is predictable, but the plot is well laid out and we are continuously kept guessing regarding the different characters as to whether they are truly Helena's friend or her enemy. Although the heroine's character is well developed, I found the hero's was not. I should have liked their relationship to have been explored a little more.However, if you are looking for a good gothic romance this book delivers.

  • Jaimey
    2019-06-15 03:33

    I first read this book probably fifteen years ago. It has been my favorite Victoria Holt book ever since--and yes, I have read all 32 books she penned under that name. To tell anything about this would be to give too much away so I'll just say this: The romance was breathtaking; the action was, in a way, believable; and the intrigue was shocking. For those of you who need a basic description, here's what the back of the book says:On the Night of the Seventh Moon, according to ancient Black Forest legend, Loke, the God of Mischief, was abroad in the world. It was a night for festivity and joyful celebration. It was a night for singing and dancing. And it was a night for love.Helena Trant was enchanted by everything she found in the Black Forest--its people, its mysterious castles, its legends and lore. Especially its legends of love.Until, one day, she started to live one of them and the enchantment turned suddenly into a terrifying nightmare....

  • Regan Walker
    2019-06-20 22:45

    Love and Mystery in the Black Forest!Set in Germany and England from 1859 to 1870 (with an end note in 1901), this tells the story of Helena Trant whose parents were so much in love they had little time for her. Still, hers was a happy childhood among books in Oxford where her father had a bookstore. When she was old enough, her parents sent her to Germany near the Black Forest to a convent school where her mother had been educated.Helena loves the forest and the fairy tales surrounding it. She hears of the legend of the night of the seventh moon “when mischief is abroad and is routed with the coming of dawn.” On one night, she gets lost in the mist of the forest and is rescued by a man who takes her to his hunting lodge. She taken with him that she might have allowed him to have his way with her but for the intervention of a housekeeper who took measures to preserve Helena’s virtue. But Helena never forgot the man even though she did not know his name.Years later, she returns to Germany and on another night of the seventh moon Helena meets and marries her German at his hunting lodge, but then she wakes from her idyllic honeymoon to discover she has been drugged by a physician who tells her she has escaped a horror that befell her in the forest. Helena lives in a fog of dreams and wonders where truth is.I have to say that I love Holt’s writing, and this story sucked me in immediately. It is labeled as a romantic suspense, but I didn’t see it containing any more suspense than many historical romances. But it does have a Gothic feel and there is a mystery. Holt had me wondering what had really happened. She did an excellent job of that. The book is a bit slow in the middle, and the hero and heroine are separated for years. In that interim, I found passages that seemed repetitive, but the ending is a great one. As always, Holt is a master storyteller and creates wonderfully vivid characters. Despite the slower middle, I recommend it.

  • Zahra Dashti
    2019-06-23 04:36

    قشنگ بود ، ولی متاسفانه بیش از حد مورد انتظارم هپی اند بود. آخرش هم خیلی سر هم بندی و سریع تموم شده بود. اون همه مقدمات خوب ولی پایان شتابزده وکمی شانسی و خوش خوشکی...

  • Jacqueline
    2019-05-28 00:35

    This was a reread for me for bookclub. I originally read this as a teenager back in the 1970s. It was just as readable this second time through. I didn't remember much of the plot even though I remembered vaguely that the book ended happily. I did feel the angst at the horrible things that were happening to Helena. I probably figured out what was going on earlier this time since I've read so many books since I first read this but it was all new the first time through and as a teenager I wasn't quite so savvy. Still the writing was such that you kept wanting to read to find out for sure what was going on and to get Helena through the bad stuff.It is of course a gothic novel so even though there is a romance the main thrust of the story is the surreal things that are happening to the poor heroine. A fun read altogether.

  • Wei Cho
    2019-05-31 04:30

    Gothic romance for the win XD!Dunno, when I read this book, way back when (six years to be precise anyway) I was thrilled by the time period most of Victoria Holt's books took place in. Beautiful dresses and parties, eerie castle settings, English landscapes, etc, etc, etc.I don't remember this book a whole lot. I just remember a story, a legend, a mystery, a love, and poor character development (especially on the hero, Maximillian, side). I also remember I was terrified for Helena's fate because she was asked to spend the night in a castle with a complete and total stranger she found in the forest. The charming stranger took her to the castle after she was lured into the forest and twisted her ankle (or something) and was invited to his humble residence (a castle in the middle of a forest). Anyway, there was a scene in which she locks the door of her room because the servant of the man advised her to do so. And in the middle of the night she could hear the door knob turning as if somebody wanted to come in. Spooky and scary man! This passage is the one I remember most of the book because Holt described every little detail of fear and apprehension of it. I was as nervous and scared as Helena. And most of the time I thought her foolish for the irrational decisions she made when first encounter by this stranger. But anyway. I felt Helena had some character development through the book, but I cannot say the same thing for Maximillian. He was just so plain and systematic.Overall, this is a pretty easy and enjoyable read. If you like gothic, kind of Victorian-ish romance, you should definitely check this book out.

  • Kathryn
    2019-06-03 01:26

    Bottom line: this is a fun hairdryer book. Don't expect too much of it, and you'll be pleased.On the Night of the Seventh Moon tells the tale of Helena Trant, the daughter of an English man and a German woman, who grows up in Oxford in the late 1800s, listening to her mother’s tales of the dark German forest where she was educated. When Helena is fourteen, she, too, is sent to be educated at the same seminary on the edge of the forest.At the age of eighteen, Helena has lost her mother and is approaching the end of her time in the Lokenwald (Loki’s Forest). On a picnic with a nun and several fellow students, she gets separated from her classmates when a thick fog arises. She is rescued by a tall, handsome man on a beautiful horse, who, amused by her pluck and feistiness, takes her back to his hunting lodge and gives her supper. The intervention of a kindly housekeeper saves her virtue, for (OMG ENORMOUS SPOILER ALERT!!!) the man is a bit of a rake.The next day, Helena returns to the seminary, and shortly after that, the death of her father calls her back home to Oxford. But she never forgets her rescuer, though she knows what his intent was.A few years later, a cousin of her mother’s finds her in Oxford and offers to take her back to live in the Lokenwald again. Helena accepts, though she knows there is only a slight chance of meeting her rescuer again...Yeah, ok, so you know they’re going to reunite and get married. But you don’t know HOW, do you? Read the book and find out. It’s a fun read.

  • Sajjad
    2019-06-06 23:46

    از آخرین باری كه کتابی شبیه این رو خوندم و این‌جوری خوشم اومد، انگار سال‌ها می‌گذره. برای همین، داستان واقعاً برام یه چیز قشنگ، تازه و قدیمی و یه جورایی مسکن بود. حالا کاری به اصلش ندارم كه نقد كنم و فلان. امّا یه احساس خوبی و خاصی نسبت بهش دارم. در کُل، فقط می‌تونم بگم عالی بود. + شباهت كمی به دریای زمین داشت، البّته توی نثر و توصیف ها. + چیز دیگه‌ای به ذهنم نمی‌رسه!

  • Anne
    2019-06-26 23:42

    I probably read this book back in the seventies. That is, the first time. I loved this book so much I bought my own copy and have read it several times. It is a timeless, beautiful romance, with suspense added for an extra emjoyment. Clean and wonderful I highly recommend it.

  • Kelly
    2019-05-29 03:52

    I ended up liking this a surprising amount. Not even really as a romance--the hero is gone from it so long, and isn't all that vivid. More as a development of the heroine, who suffers a lot, insists on believing her truth, and finally ends up happy. And the setting is beautiful. It all felt way more meaty than The Time of the Hunter's Moon, which I read a few weeks ago, as if Holt had started phoning it in by the time she wrote the latter.

  • Angie
    2019-06-07 03:47

    I read these as a teenager and own a lot of them. They are mostly gothic mystery romances. The mystery still catches me up, but the romance is a little dramatic. That is the difference between being a young girl and a 30-something mom! Nothing explicit, but definitely some dramatic love at first sight romance. It's kind of funny to re-read things you read as a teen.

  • Shivani
    2019-06-07 01:29

    Black forest has always fascinated me. The story seemed to be evolving somewhere there and there was no way I wasn't buying this book! Reminded me of my school days when reading historical romance was the only thi g to do! Glib story, with romance and drama but happy ending :)

  • Melody
    2019-06-18 22:52

    I have read this book several times. It is one of my all time favorites! :)

  • Regan Walker
    2019-06-04 23:26

    Love and Mystery in the Black Forest!Set in Germany and England from 1859 to 1870 (with an end note in 1901), this tells the story of Helena Trant whose parents were so much in love they had little time for her. Still, hers was a happy childhood among books in Oxford where her father had a bookstore. When she was old enough, her parents sent her to Germany near the Black Forest to a convent school where her mother had been educated.Helena loves the forest and the fairy tales surrounding it. She hears of the legend of the night of the seventh moon “when mischief is abroad and is routed with the coming of dawn.” On one night, she gets lost in the mist of the forest and is rescued by a man who takes her to his hunting lodge. She taken with him that she might have allowed him to have his way with her but for the intervention of a housekeeper who took measures to preserve Helena’s virtue. But Helena never forgot the man even though she did not know his name.Years later, she returns to Germany and on another night of the seventh moon Helena meets and marries her German at his hunting lodge, but then she wakes from her idyllic honeymoon to discover she has been drugged by a physician who tells her she has escaped a horror that befell her in the forest. Helena lives in a fog of dreams and wonders where truth is.I have to say that I love Holt’s writing, and this story sucked me in immediately. It is labeled as a romantic suspense, but I didn’t see it containing any more suspense than many historical romances. But it does have a Gothic feel and there is a mystery. Holt had me wondering what had really happened. She did an excellent job of that. The book is a bit slow in the middle, and the hero and heroine are separated for years. In that interim, I found passages that seemed repetitive, but the ending is a great one. As always, Holt is a master storyteller and creates wonderfully vivid characters. I recommend it.

  • Joy
    2019-05-26 22:24

    I had never read a Victoria Holt book, and since there are so many, I chose the one that seemed to receive the best reviews. It was a quick summer read, but certainly not the page turner others described. I found several editing errors too which also served to distract. The characters were weak and ill defined. Those who were key were subject to the same foreshadowing inferences several times over. Her chosen settings were ripe for rich description, but again, Holt failed to hit the mark, only adequately describing both the prim British home and bookshop and the lush enchanted German forest. The plot was the best component, but so much more could have been made of it. I would give this novel a C, but I don't think I'll choose to read another book by this author.

  • Kat Dawson
    2019-06-10 05:36

    It's been ages since I devoured a Victoria Holt book - Probably late teens, early 20s. This book was just as I remembered her stories. A great easy read for those times when you don't want anything too challenging but has a bit of substance (I'm a sucker for a bit of historical fiction -- romantic or otherwise). I enjoyed this read. The characters were engaging (although I didn't like Frau Grauben very much) and the setting was interesting. Great for a rainy day, or those nights when you're really tired but just want something to read to send you off into dreamland.

  • Absurd Book Nerd
    2019-06-12 23:38

    It has been a VERY long time since I've read any Victoria Holt books, but I remember that I loved getting them from the library and this one was no exception. She has a formula that works for a quick light read and I have yet to be disappointed by it. Don't expect to have your mind blown or challenged, but great read for by the pool or on the beach.

  • Diana
    2019-06-09 05:24

    This is my favorite book of all time. I first read this book in high school for a class and have read it several times since. It is an old fashioned gothic romance that has a wonderful ending. I love Victoria Holt as an author and believe this book is by far her best. It includes some romance, some mystery, some sadness, some happiness . . .

  • Kina
    2019-06-06 03:32

    I LOVE this book! When I started reading it, I really didn't like where I thought it was going, but I ended up LOVING where it actually went! You just have to have a little faith and keep plugging along and in the end its a really fun love story! I can't wait to read it again!

  • Jeannie Lee
    2019-06-01 22:25

    Interesting book. If you want to feel like you are losing your mind as bad as the poor heroine thinks she is, I highly recommend this book! It will transport you to another world, filled with superstition and magic, lies and half truths, suspense and intrigue.

  • Anita
    2019-06-26 23:31

    Actual Rating: 2.5 StarsI'm giving this book a very mid-ranged rating, because while it had a frustratingly over-dramatic romance, a frustratingly one-tracked heroine, and a frustratingly exasperating set of characters... well, the book was addictively engrossing.I couldn't keep myself from wondering about what had happened to Helena, or what would happen to Helena... even while the entire ordeal was completely predictable.I disliked a lot of the characters, and I disliked how blasé Frau Graber treated all the deaths, attempted murders, deception, lies, betrayals, and indifference of the nobility to these events; blowing them off as it being simply the culture in their country, and that everything was just about "state affair" and nothing to get worked up about. Boy, that was frustrating to get through that last half of the book.Really, the only thing going for this book was the beautiful writing, the imagery, the description, and a lot of the lore and history laid within the book's world.Anyway, I may or may not come back and give a proper review.I read this book for Halloween Bingo 2017.

  • Sheila Majczan
    2019-06-04 01:39

    Like other reviewers here, I read this book many year ago...over and over again. I remembered it recently and hunted for it in the Used Paperback Bookstore I use. But, alas, there were NO Victoria Holt books to be found. So I purchased a kindle copy.This is a book that will appeal to any lover of historic romantic mysteries. It has no sex scenes so can be shared with a daughter, granddaughter or teenage acquaintance.The book description and the sample available to be read for free on Amazon or sent to your kindle tell you the premise of the story. This is a true fairy tale romance with lots of angst. Helena's naivete allows the reader to make fairly good guesses as to how this young lady's world is going to be set on its ear one day. But it is so romantic. A school girl being educated in a Duchy away from her English roots is rescued by a "handsome stranger on a white horse" after being lost in the fog! Does it get any better than that? Separations, trips back to England, unknown "relatives" or travelers needing help/showing up and offering to take our Helena back to the Duchy for a vacation, and then the Night of the Seventh Moon celebration leads her on one heck of a trip...but is it into fantasy land or...did it really happen? Was this all a dream, a matter of her romantic notions? But why would Ilse lie to her? Heart break and then redemption. Sigh!Victoria Holt tells a great story. But this one has always been my favorite. I highly recommend it to those with a taste for a good romance/mystery.

  • Lizzi Crystal
    2019-06-27 05:28

    This book can be looked at two ways, as a hundred pages too long and annoying because every scene, feeling, and situation gets repeated at least three times, or, as for a reader who likes to savor the experience and step fully into the world of the novel. I was in between those two ideas - the last fourth lost me in too much repetition and waiting around for the heroine to realize what the reader already knew. It's not a happy novel, centering largely around adultery and women who kill themselves because the men they love cheat, and I really didn't care for the hero's morals, but those things were mostly made up during the first 3/4 of the book. That was spellbinding; it was incredibly captivating, romantic, and tragic-yet-redeeming. I loved the ending pages again too - I really like how Victoria Holt doesn't always end with happily ever after or merely falling in love, but with mature decisions to love in spite of imperfections and reality. Bravo!

  • Cynthia Haggard
    2019-06-06 01:50

    ON THE NIGHT OF THE SEVENTH MOON by Victoria Holt is a fairy tale set in the years 1859 to 1870 in Germany. A young English girl gets lost in the mists and is picked up by a young man on horseback, who takes her to his hunting lodge for the night. Too innocent to realize that he has ungentlemanly designs on her, she nevertheless locks her door at night, as instructed by an old woman, who appears to be the young man’s nurse. Next morning, the old woman takes her back to her boarding school.And there thing would have ended, except that he cannot forget her.This plot bears some similarity to THE TIME OF THE HUNTERS MOON, also by Victoria Holt, but instead of a young man and his sister working to murder wealthy young women to inherit their fortunes, ON THE NIGHT OF THE SEVENTH MOON is a tale of true love. Five stars.

  • Mary
    2019-05-31 00:46

    This novel is old-school gothic romance at its best! I started reading Victoria Holt books in my teens. I got away from them for many years and was thrilled to find this in my tbr. The writing is as good as I remember and the book passes the test of time. The setting is beautiful--the Black Forest area of Germany and the time period is 1860s. The characters are intriguing as is the mystery of what really happened to Helena Trant and her Maximilian during the three days they were together and immediately afterwards. The story is written in the first-person so you only get Helena's insight but this was the usual for books of this nature book in the hayday of gothics. I loved the story and could not put the book down. I have read many Holt books but this is one of my favorites. Recommended!