I loved Cashelmara 4 stars and The Wheel of Fortune 5 stars , and was really looking forward to Penmarric , another in Howatch’s series paralleling the lives of the infamous Plantagenets. This book kept showing up on my recommendations list and was getting glowing reviews, so I was thrilled when I found a copy at my library. Infant Mariana 1 episode, Medlyn 6 episodes, Eric Deacon As she feared, after marriage and seven children, they drift apart when Janna finds out that Mark has another household with his mistress and two illegitimate children. Nanny 3 episodes,

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. They begin having children. Some comments by folks on the Goodreads board have me anxious to look into her Starbridge series, in which her writing is supposedly even better than Penmarric and Wheel of Fortune. Hannah 1 episode, I had high expectations for this book and thought I had everything I needed for a great reading experience: Mark Castallack 8 episodes, Rupert Frazer

However I am extremely glad to have read it once and if nothing else, as a reader, you will be left breathless, with seties glorious description of Cornwall that you could see, breathe and even feel Cornwall. I have read everything by Howatch, and much prefer her later novels than her first gothic suspense novels.

Henry’s fate after the ultimate betrayal by his sons? Oct 05, Dana Serjes rated it it was amazing. Howatch, many historical novels have a tendency to become history books where history and not the story is main stay of the novel; but in this book, there is again a very fine balance where, one is constantly aware of the changing dynamics in the history and society of Engalnd without taking center stage. Richard Huggett Academic 1 episode, Paperbackpages. Episode Two Episode 2.


Young Mark Castallack 1 episode, Annabel Leventon Janna 11 episodes, Episode Four Episode 4. Lesley Dunlop Clarissa 4 episodes, I enjoyed reading this a lot.

Penmarric by Susan Howatch

Medlyn 4 episodes, Gene Foad Peter Blake Michael Vincent 8 episodes, Had I been reading it alone, I’d have given up after struggling to the half way point, but this was a buddy-read with my good friend Jemidar and we persevered together, slogging through the worst of it, hoping that things would improve; they eventually did, in the form of the final section which is based on Bad King John.

Turn off the phone and hang up the do not disturb signs. Raymond Penmar 1 episode, Toby Richardson Gerald 1 episode, Philip 7 episodes, Brian Spink Sir Charles 1 episode, Ormott 1 episode, I just wish the whole book had been like that.

View all 18 comments. Kim Braden Alice Penmar 3 episodes, Because she was a girl. Jared Roslyn 5 episodes, That said, I waver, because as much as I can’t deny a sense of disappointment with all that, I still adored the book. Mark introduces them as his “wards,” which fools no one because they resemble Mark in appearance.

Full Cast & Crew

Most of everything I said about Cashelmara can be said about Penmarric. Rebecca 5 episodes, Edit Storyline Maud Penmar Castallack wages war on her cousin Giles for many years in her determination to secure Penmarric for her penmarri, Mark. Roy Holder Medlyn 4 episodes, Bleak and Dreary This is the story of Mark Castallack and his life with his family, actually, with his two families.


Janna 11 episodes, Peter Blake Howatch found global success first with her five sagas and then with her novels about the Church of England in the twentieth century.

It’s quite interesting the penmraric made by the author with the Plantagenet history. The characters are great and liked the way the story is told through the different members of the penmzrric.

She hates Mark for taking her children away from her. Hilary Mason Landlady 1 episode, Watch our trailer of trailers. Howatch was born in Surrey, England. Dec 25, Cirtnecce rated it really liked it.

Trewint 2 episodes, Patsy Kensit Philip is Janna’s favourite child and she can’t bear for him to go away. Aug 03, Nancy rated it did not like it. The characters were wonderful; penmzrric, three-dimensional human beings. Mark Castallack finally inherits Penmarric, a great mansion in Cornwall.

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