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Posted December 10, 2013
A wonderful historical romance, with mystery and suspense intertwined to keep your nose in the book till the very last page. Wanting for more with each page.
The author's writing kept me entertained, her words were descriptive, capturing the mood and the different characters realistically.
The passionate tension between Ann and Benedict kept you wondering when will they meet, and once they did, you which it could just keep on. Their bodies becoming one in the most romantic way.
It was their love and the romance that followed that pieced everything together, held it tight so that there was no escape from their future.
The children, Justin and Robert portrait the young characters believable, pulling the heartstrings as they struggled with the pain of their mother's unexpected death.
Beautifully written, it brought all the elements of a good mystery story to the forefront as threats and accidents happened, building the tension until, finally they were all gathered at the tower.
The revelations startled me as suspense gripped me to turn the next page. I did not want this story to end.
Posted October 7, 2013
This is the second book that I have read by this author. I really enjoyed reading this story. It kept my interest from the start, romance and mystery, and I couldn't stop reading it until I finished.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 24, 2004
Set in 1873, San Francisco. This story has it all, mystery, love, passion, etc. You'll not want to put the book down. Having Robert & Justin as part of the story really adds to the story line. Glad to hear we'll soon be reading Stephen's story. Don't miss out on this book, it's very very good.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 3, 2004
Gothic romance fans celebrate! The Mistress of Trevelyan is a gothic story that has all the wonderful ingredients that will put this book on your keeper list. The first review by the fabulous reviewer, Harriet Klausner, gives a great synopsis so I won't repeat it. The other good news is Jennifer St. Giles is writing a follow-up book to this one about the hero Benedict's brother Stephen. DON'T MISS THIS BOOK!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
In 1873 San Francisco, Ann Lovell is still mourning the recent loss of her beloved mother. She finds an ad in McGuire¿s Bookstore for a tutor. She applies for the job, but is told males only by the butler and by the employer Benedict Trevelyan. However, her reaction to his rejection makes Benedict reconsider and he hires Ann, without formal credentials, to serve as governess to his two children, seven year old Justin and five year old Robert.---- Trevelyan Hall is an unhappy place. Robert does not understand why his mother Francesca never comes home. Justin expects people like his mother to leave. Their Aunt Katherine ended her relationship with her beloved fiancé just after Francesca died. Their Uncle Stephen fled in self pity while blaming Benedict. Francesca¿s sister Constance hides her loss. The children¿s grandmother blames Francesca for causing the split between her offspring and fears Ann will do likewise. Finally Benedict hides his heart towards everyone including his two children. Boldly stepping into this emotional cataclysm, Ann investigates whether Francesca killed herself or was pushed, while falling in love with her two charges and their brooding father.---- This is an engaging gothic romance with all the classic elements to include the mansion, the dark brooding hero, a Mary Poppins like heroine in peril, and several viable suspects including Benedict. The story line will touch readers when the family members overtly display deep and painful feelings; for instance, the children¿s visit to Francesca¿s grave. Though the ¿who-done-it¿ slightly pulls the plot away from a fabulous historical family drama, readers will want to visit Trevelyan Hall while also hoping a sequel will follow.---- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 28, 2010
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Posted May 13, 2011
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