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Mistress of Mellyn - Victoria Holt

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Author: Holt / Paperback / Book is published 1960 by Gartis

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      22.09.2008 00:26
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      A good read that was let down a little by the ending.

      My latest book review is on another "bargain" from the ever increasing selection of cheap books at my local Asda.
      Everytime I visit the store there seems to be more and more books reduced in price, my sister had the best bargain recently, managing to get the latest Harry Potter book for the sum of £1.00, just for the simple reason it had an old designed cover, jammy bag!

      The book I will review this time is titled "Mistress of Mellyn", by Victoria Holt.

      The thing that attracted me initially to the book, I'm afraid to admit, was the front cover! As a lover of romance and even bigger fan of vampires and all the gothic wonder that goes with it this book promised a good mixture of both. (The gothic wonder, not vampires....unfortunately!).

      The book simply states the title with the clincher words "Victoria Holt, the queen of gothic romance", okay I'm sold!

      The book centres around a character called Martha Leigh, a so called plain "spinster", with little likelyhood of a marriage proposal, now bear in mind this character is only stated to be around her mid twenties, gosh that must mean I need taking out and putting out of my misery!

      Due to the fact Martha lives with her Aunt and looks likely to remain there her aunt decides it is time she ventures out into the world and to take a working position that is suitable for a lady of her standing. This ends with her becoming a governess for a young lady called Alvean Tremellyn, who happens to part of one of the highest ranking and wealthiest families to reside in Cornwall.
      Upon her arrival she discovers a web of mysteries surrounding the house and many of the people living and also working there.
      Upon her arrival she is faced with her biggest challenge.... The child herself! Unruly, seemingly unloved and yet spoiled materially she has worked her way through three governesses prior to Martha, this Martha see's as a challenge rather than a catastrophe, all she see's is a frightened young child, who only 12 moths previously had lost her mother in a tragic train crash.
      But the house and the family are not all they seem, apparitions of the lady of the house seem to haunt her every waking and sleeping moment, or is it just her imagination?

      This is a very complex book with far too many characters. The story line is well thought out and the descriptive text, I found at least, seems to place you at the scene. The treacherous cliffs where it was said the housekeepers daughter took her own life, is brought to life with the rolling waves crashing beneath and the description of almost every part of the scenery, wrote in such a way I sometimes forgot this was a simply a book I was reading.

      However...... the ending left a lo to be desired, of course I shall divulge no more information, but needless to say up until 10 pages from the end, the story had not even come close to explaining what the hell was happening and when finally you have a grasp on the situation the ending was finished. I felt a little cheated I have to admit, if it had not been the fact that I enjoyed the journey to the end I may not have given it the rating that I have.

      As I mentioned previously this was purchased from Asda for the sum of £1.00, but can also be bought from Amazon, starting from as little as 1p plus postage and packaging.

      So would I recommend, the ending wasn't given the same attention as the rest of the book in my humble opinion, but it was still more than readable. If you can get it for the price I paid then yes I would recommend it, but anymore then I think your money would be better spent elsewhere.

      For more information visit - www.authortracker.co.uk

      Thanks for reading x

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