[PDF / Epub] ★ Mistress of Mellyn By Victoria Holt – Pcusati.info

[PDF / Epub] ★ Mistress of Mellyn By Victoria Holt – Pcusati.info This is my second Holt and I am still thrilled with her I think she will prove to be one of those authors I can pick up anytime and be assured of a good read I see many similarities with her construction and characters compared to The Shivering Sands but that does not detract for me I still love the way she slowly weaves the mystery, reveals the characters bit by bit and gradually builds the gentle romance Just as in TSS, I found all the characters to be intriguing and developed I love the banter of conversation amongst them humorous, revealing, flirtatious, mysterious Wow I did not remember that What a great read I am still thinking about this book after finishing yesterday This was really good I know I read it as a teen My mom had all those Victoria Holt s from the Doubleday Book Club I remember this title quite well And I read all of her books when she finished I just don t remember any of this story Great characters and setting Oh so gothic I really enjoyed it quite a lot So atmospheric I didn t like Marty at all until about halfway thru She was annoying at times Her whole don t look down on me bc I am just a governess attitude was tiring But, I might would have felt acted the same way back in the day Midway thruthe danceawwww, I could picture it I wish this had been made into a movie It would make a really great one Wonderful ending Big smile on my face I love the Mount Mellyn Stood As Proud And Magnificent As She Had Envisioned But 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 But It Was The Girl S Father Whose Cool, Arrogant Demeanor Unleashed Unfamiliar Sensations And Turmoil Even As Whispers Of Past Tragedy And Present Danger Begin To Insinuate Themselves Into Martha S Life Powerless Against Her Growing Desire For The Enigmatic Connan, She Is Drawn Deeper Into Family Secrets As Passion Overpowers Reason, Sending Her Head And Heart Spinning But Though Evil Lurks In The Shadows, So Does Love And The Freedom To Find A Golden Promise Forever This is one of those cases where the star rating is based on my memory of how much pleasure the book gave me when I read it as a young girl Not sure how it holds up to contemporary scrutiny Having just reread this book to see how it holds up I have this to say about it The writing style is pedestrian This is evidently Victoria Holt s first book and I will be curious to see if the style improves.However, I still like the story a lot The characters, I grew up buying gothic mysteries by the bagful They are suspenseful and sometimes eerie What I tire of is helplessness a maiden dependent on residency in an unwelcome place What a refreshing change, to discover Victoria Holt s 1960, Mistress Of Mellyn , broke that mould I am surprised there were readers who didn t notice that I give five stars for delight and originality, in the genre I know well, which seldom deviates Most appear to have missed that Martha Leigh has a good life with her sister and aunt and CHOSE to seek employment.She is no inferior She is comfortable and likes the housekeeper, Grandmother of an orphaned girl As Martha s employers befriend her, they have to urge her to join them for suppers and soirees She contacts her family any time she likes This differs greatly from most gothic mysteries I have ever read It takes so long to fall for her employer, with other reasonable options along the way, that its eventual realization is believable This novel has no silly instant romance and no depressed, trapped servant Lack of heaviness is a unique trait that made for five star appreciation Connan is not really arrogant and his daughter, Martha s first student, is not resistant for long.All of a sudden, the mystery ramped up I couldn t wait to solve the truth about I wasn t at all sure that Victoria Holt was my sort of author, but I had to give a gothic romance set in Cornwall the benefit of the doubt And when I read the opening words I was so glad that I didThere are two courses open to a gentlewoman when she finds herself in penurious circumstances, my Aunt Adelaide had said One is to marry, and the other is to find a post in keeping with her gentility As the train carried me through the wooded hills and past green meadows, I was taken this second course partly, I suppose, because I had never had an opportunity of trying the former.Martha Leigh known to her family and friends as Marty was travelling on the same journey that I have made many times in real life and a few times in print too She was travelling through Somerset, through Devon, and across Mr Brunel s bridge into the Duchy of Cornwall.I liked her She was sensible, she was bright, she was curious and she was understanding in just the right proportions And she was to be a governess, to the young daughter of a wealthy widower I thought that the position might suit her rather well, and indeed it di 3.5 for Retro ReadsThere are two courses open to a gentlewoman when she finds herself in penurious circumstances, my Aunt Adelaide had said One is to marry, and the other to find a post in keeping with her gentility I d never heard of Victoria Holt but this gothic romantic story was full of suspense The plot follows the well known plight of the governess, having to find a position to survive, finding such role only to realise that all is not as it seems Martha Leigh, vicar daughter with no prospect of marriage, accepts a post to take care of 8 year old Alvean, who has lost her mother in tragic circumstances Upon arrival, our heroine is faced with a resentful and defiant child, gossipy staff, well meaning neighbours, an orphaned girl left to haunt the place, and an absent master That is until he arrives on the sceneLet s not forget the setting We have the huge old house, bursting with nooks and crannies, a potential ghost, and also the beautiful and atmospheric Cornish landscape.It was inevitable that this book would remind me of Jane Eyre It is however quite different I enjoyed the thriller aspects, from the growing feeling of uneasiness and doubt, to the big reveal at the end, 2.5 Stars This happen to be one of those books with great writing that pulls one in, but not enough substance to truly make it shine For a Gothic romance it had the spooky house, strange happenings and the broody hero That was about it Most of the events were pretty much everyday things, with a few clues drops from time to time, but not enough to figure out what happen to the wife who all of a sudden up and took off with the local man hoe and then was killed The clues that were dropped were far and few between The romance was on the meh okay side I didn t understand why Martha fell in love with Connan, and sorta understood why Connan fell for Martha even if it was sudden marry me I love you The surprise twist was the best part and made alot of sense, but again I would have liked a little bit clues and maybe a bit suspects With Martha following the clues then worrying about Connan s mistress and if he loved her o Mistress of Mellyn is one of Victoria Holt s old gothic romantic suspense novels, published in 1960 It s the quintessential governess in peril falling in love with someone above her station plot It s a pretty good, old fashioned novel of its type, one of the better Victoria Holt novels I ve read here and there over the years.Martha Marty Leigh is an impoverished gentlewoman forced to become a governess due to her circumstances She takes a job in Cornwall, a corner of England that, I was surprised to learn, actually has a subtropical climate palm trees Her duty is to teach and care for the obstinate, emotionally neglected daughter of a widowed master of the mansion, Connan TreMellyn Connan s wife Alice disappeared a year ago and died in a train crash while running away with another man so they say But Martha still feels Alice s presence around the TreMellyn mansion.To thicken the plot, we have Peter Nansellock, a handsome neighbor paying Martha some extra attention his kind sister Celestine Gillyflower, an emotionally disturbed young daughter of a dead servant and a gentleman who abandoned her Lady Treslyn, a vividly lovely, young former actress and the wife of an eld I read a lot of Holt in my teens, then they started to feel both gloom laden and like they had come off a production line, so I stopped I reread another favourite and while I didn t love it so much this time round, I rounded the book up to 4 for old times sake The Mistress of Mellyn, the first Holt I read although I had read plenty of her Jean Plaidy titles and the first one she wrote, has stood the test of time and I am happy to award 5.This books succeeds in so many areas, the Cornwall setting, the era I prefer my Gothics to be Victorian the faint air of menace and unease, an attractive hero There is also just a faint hint of sexual tension The biggest plus for me is the complex character of Martha Lewis Forced by family circumstances and her own gentility to become a governess, Martha is overly prickly, puts herself down constantly and is a nosy gossip Great A real human I think she is unnecessarily brusque with her charge, 8 year old Alvean the child is difficult sure, but her mother only died in the previous year and Alvean s life is lonely and without much stimulation Martha in her decided way, changes all that and the warming of their relationship and Martha s championing of another girl, traumatised little Gilly is lovely to read But, because I had read Bride of Pendorric like I said these novels are form

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