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by Victoria Holt

eBook Mistress of Mellyn download ISBN: 0854567054
Author: Victoria Holt
Publisher: Ulverscroft (August 1969)
Language: English
Pages: 456
ePub: 1330 kb
Fb2: 1553 kb
Rating: 4.6
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Category: Romance
Subcategory: Historical

Also by Victoria Holt. Mount Mellyn may be a magnificent mansion; Connan TreMellyn may be as romantic as his name sounds; but that will be no concern of yours.

Also by Victoria Holt. You will be confined to below stairs, or perhaps to the attics above stairs, concerned only with the care of little Alvean. What strange names these people had!

Mistress of Mellyn was the first Gothic romance novel written by Eleanor Hibbert under the pen name Victoria Holt. A young woman, Martha Leigh, is hired as a governess by Connan TreMellyn, a widower, for his daughter, Alvean.

Mistress of Mellyn was the first Gothic romance novel written by Eleanor Hibbert under the pen name Victoria Holt. Martha travels to Cornwall and becomes fascinated by her employer and his dead wife.

Mistress of Mellyn book. I've been doing alot of re-reads at the beginning of 2012; some from books of my childhood, others from books of my teen years. For the most part, these re-reads have stood the test of time between readings. Whether this is because of nostalgia or their overall quality it's hard to determine. Regardless, it's generally been a positive re-reading experience.

There are two courses open to a gentlewoman when she finds herself in penurious circumstances, my Aunt Adelaide had said. As the train carried me through wooded hills and past green meadows, I was taking this second course; partly, I suppose, because I had never had an opportunity of trying the former. I pictured myself as I must appear to my fellow travellers if they bothered.

The gulls seemed to screech on a melancholy note on such days as though they were warning us that life was a sorrowful affair. And in the humid climate the hydrangeas continued to flower blue, pink and yellow in enormous masses of bloom such as I should not have expected to find outside a hothouse. The roses went on flowering, and with them the fuchsias. When I went down to the village one day I saw a notice outside the church to the effect that the date of the horse show was fixed for the 1st of November. I went back and told Alvean.

Mount Mellyn stood as proud and magnificent as she had envisione. ut what about its master – Connan TreMellyn?

Author: Виктория Холт. Mount Mellyn stood as proud and magnificent as she had envisione. ut what about its master – Connan TreMellyn? Was Martha Leigh’s new employer as romantic as his name sounded? As she approached the sprawling mansion towering above the cliffs of Cornwall, an odd chill of apprehension overcame her. TreMellyn’s young daugher, Alvean, proved as spoiled and difficult as the three governesses before Martha had discovered.

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Wild Python
Set in Victorian England in Devon, Cornwall, this is the story of Martha Leigh (“Miss Leigh”) who, at 24, comes to Mount Mellyn to become the governess to widower Connan TreMellyn’s young daughter, Alvean.

After all, what’s an educated woman with no parents and no prospects to do?

Miss Leigh soon discovers that Alvean is spoiled, hard to manage and suffering from too little of her father's attention, which might explain the departure of the last three governesses. In addition to Alvean, there’s a mysterious young child, Gillyflowers, who sings to herself and whose mother committed suicide. Martha determines to win both children and show Connan he is wrong about them all.

So she teaches Alvean, who supposedly can’t ride a horse, to ride well. And she begins to teach Gilly, who all think a bit daft, to read.

But there’s a mystery surrounding Connan’s wife’s death and the goings on around the large house on the edge of the sea that soon capture Martha’s attention. And, despite her better judgment, she is beginning to fall in love with the master of the house.

Holt does a masterful job of drawing us into the mystery—into the secrets of the family’s past—and there are many in this mystery. Oh, yes, there is a surprise at the end.

I love Victoria Holt's Gothic mysteries, usually centered around an old house with secrets and some evil lurking in the shadows. This one is set in Cornwall and Holt captures the people wonderfully. I couldn’t put it down and found myself looking forward to diving into “Miss Leigh’s” puzzle solving for my bedtime reading.

I recommend it!
Mistress of Mellyn really creeped me out. There I was sitting up in bed at midnight, the dark only relieved by the light from my iPad screen. And I really felt uncomfortable. Uncomfortable enough to turn on my bedside light.

That is how good Victoria Holt’s writing is. She had me swept up in this Gothic romance set in Cornwall. Even though there were obvious references to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, Wilkie Collin’s The Woman in White, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Henry James’ novella “The Turn of the Screw,” nevertheless this story of the governess’s love for her employer and her attempts to solve the mystery surrounding his wife’s death kept me up. Until 4 am!

What is it about Victoria Holt that is so compelling? She immediately creates sympathy for her heroine by writing in first-person in such a way that we are in Martha’s head, and privy to Martha’s thoughts. And what does Martha think of herself?

“…my brown velvet bonnet, tied with brown velvet ribbons under my chin, was of the sort which was so becoming to feminine people like my sister Phillida but, I always felt, sat a little incongruously on head like mine. My hair was thick with a coppery finger, parted in the center, brought down at the sides of my too-long face…My eyes were large, in some lights the color of amber, and were my best feature; but they were too bold…”

Re-reading this passage in the light of the events that happen to Martha it is possible to see that she is a beautiful young woman. However, she doesn’t think she is, and that is what makes her so endearing to the reader. So we are invested in Martha from the start, and as we follow her on that train down to Cornwall, meeting an impertinent young man who pretends to read her hand:

“I see a child there and a man…perhaps it is the child’s father. They are wrapped in shadows. There is someone else there…but perhaps she is already dead.”

"It was the deep sepulchral note in his voice rather than the words he said which momentarily unnerved me.

"I snatched my hand away. “What nonsense!” I said.

He ignored me and half closed his eyes. Then he went on: “You will need to watch little Alice, and your duties will extend beyond the care of her. You must most certainly beware of Alice.”

"I felt a faint tingling which began at the base of my spine and seemed to creep up my neck. This, I supposed, was what is known as making one’s flesh creep."

Here, Victoria Holt deftly drops in hints that all is not well at Mellyn House where Martha is to take up the post of governess. Is this young man just toying with Martha? Or should she heed his warning? And who is Alice? The little girl she is to take care of is called “Alvean.” The reader is intrigued and hooked, and turns the page wanting to find out more. If you have never read Victoria Holt before, you are in for a treat. Five Stars.
Clearly, I’m in the minority, but I found this book tedious and disappointing. It was plodding, so much so that it was halfway through the book before we learned the real mystery afoot. Even then, it was only addressed in starts and fits thereafter. Not wanting to give away spoilers, but when the perpetrator was revealed, it was unbelievable! And the motive? I’ve never read a book where the perpetrator was driven by this motive. Indeed, the writer devoted much of the epilogue to explaining it. Truly a head-scratcher.

The romance left me empty. There was very little of it between the two people involved. Where were the intimate conversations? Where was the time spent together? Even while the wedding was being planned, the groom left for a week on business. I wanted to understand why the groom fell in love. Alas, it was revealed only in the groom’s soliloquy: I would have preferred to see it played out.

I gave this book three stars because I was able to push through to the end. I would definitely download a sample prior to paying for anymore of this author’s books. By the way, this is the second time I’ve written a review for this book. The first never appeared, and I hadn’t violated any of the posting policies. It makes me wonder if only positive reviews are being posted to boost sales.