The Mistress of Trevelyan [NOOK Book]


In 1873 San Francisco, Ann Lovell, a young woman desperate to change her future, dares to take on the position of governess to the sons of the mysterious and enigmatic Benedict Trevelyan. She refuses to believe in the dark rumors of a cursed family or that he had a hand in the death of his wife. After all, Ann was a practical woman and had no patience for nonsense. She also knew firsthand how cruel and untrue gossip could be, for it had ruined ...
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In 1873 San Francisco, Ann Lovell, a young woman desperate to change her future, dares to take on the position of governess to the sons of the mysterious and enigmatic Benedict Trevelyan. She refuses to believe in the dark rumors of a cursed family or that he had a hand in the death of his wife. After all, Ann was a practical woman and had no patience for nonsense. She also knew firsthand how cruel and untrue gossip could be, for it had ruined her mother's life.

But from the moment Ann enters the Trevelyan Manor, she is aware of a sinister force at work and as she becomes embroiled in the lives of those living within shadowed halls, she discovers dangerous secrets. Everyone is not who they appear to be and someone doesn't want her there, especially when she starts asking questions about the death of Benedict's wife.

As Ann uncovers more and more about the past, she believes that the previous Mistress of Trevelyan was murdered. Yet, her heart succumbs not only to the small, motherless boys in her care, but also falls prey to the master of Trevelyan Manor and his passions. He introduces her to a new world of sensual pleasures that shake her loose from her practical foundations.

Soon, the danger surrounding her grows deadly and the key to Ann's destiny or destruction lies within Benedict's arms, as she is forced to question if his attentions are meant to blind her to the truth, or if someone else wants her dead before she becomes the next...Mistress of Trevelyan.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"St. Giles's story ripples with tension. This tension and the author's skill at creating the book's brooding atmosphere make this an engrossing read." Publishers Weekly
Library Journal

"Following closely in the footsteps of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca, and Victoria Holt's Mistress of Mellyn, this intriguing, well-crafted romance adds a level of sensuality not found in these earlier works."
Romance Reviews Today - Romance Reviews
"Jennifer St. Giles must most definitely be a descendant of the famous Bronte sisters..."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148665151
  • Publisher: Novels Alive Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/4/2013
  • Series: Trevelyan Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 402
  • Sales rank: 338,539
  • File size: 807 KB

Meet the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author, Jennifer St. Giles/J.L. Saint/Jennifer Saints

This bewitching Georgia Peach is anything but ordinary. She’s a mother, nurse, thriller writer, award-winning paranormal/romance/contemporary author, passionate patriot, event planner and more! She’s also home schooled three children and is the Vice-President of a charitable foundation which helps women and children’s causes and in her spare time she writes screenplays!

J.L. in her own words:

Under a barrage of nagging by BFF’s, I’ve been told my bio was boring, not at all a reflection of just who I am beneath the surface, which is a compliment…I think. So, I promised to rev it up a bit. Thus the reason why I’m sitting here staring at the computer screen with nothing but crickets in my brain. I’m totally into making up wild and interesting stories with a lot of heart thrown into the mix, but telling people about myself isn’t so easy. What can I tell you about me?
I don’t play video games or watch horror because I can’t take the heat, but give me a kickass thriller every minute of every day and I am there. Be prepared for a Hoover Dam meltdown if you’re with me and the movie is sad. So, to avoid disaster, I love romantic comedies.

Never coffee. Always tea. Never beer. Always champagne. There’s more, but hey, gotta save some secrets until after the first date, right?

I grew up in Miami. Went to nursing school in Georgia, where I now reside. I raised and home schooled three great kids. I wrote for nine years before I sold a book, which made me a firm believer that a person should NEVER NEVER NEVER GIVE UP ON THEIR DREAMS.

I remember my father’s remark after a particularly scandalous story about one of my ancestors, a story that involves a conspiracy, treason, betrayal, murder, and execution, a story that after a drink or two in the bar, I might be enticed to share. Anyway, what my father said was, “You can’t keep a good man down.” And I kind of see that in myself. Not that I am necessarily good, because the definitions of moral words are often relative, but I do persevere, and I am resilient. Nothing in life has ever worked out the way I planned for it too. In many areas of my life, I have yet to reach the level I thought I would, of where I envisioned I would be, but I haven’t given up. I won...
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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    A wonderful historical romance, with mystery and suspense intert

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    Great read

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2004

    GREAT STORY!!!!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2004

    A gothic book you shouldn't miss!

    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!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    engaging gothic romance

    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 Klausner

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