Mistress of Mellyn

Mistress of Mellyn

Victoria Holt / Aug 25, 2019

Mistress of Mellyn House of Darkness From the moment Martha Leigh first glimpsed the cold brooding manse high on the fog shrouded Cornish cliffs she felt a chill of apprehension Then she met her employer the arrogant

  • Title: Mistress of Mellyn
  • Author: Victoria Holt
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  • Page: 154
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  • House of Darkness From the moment Martha Leigh first glimpsed the cold, brooding manse high on the fog shrouded Cornish cliffs, she felt a chill of apprehension.Then she met her employer, the arrogant master of Mellyn, and his spoiled, headstrong daughter, Alvean, and knew why the three governesses before her had left the eerie mansion.Slowly, almost imperceptibly, Martha House of Darkness From the moment Martha Leigh first glimpsed the cold, brooding manse high on the fog shrouded Cornish cliffs, she felt a chill of apprehension.Then she met her employer, the arrogant master of Mellyn, and his spoiled, headstrong daughter, Alvean, and knew why the three governesses before her had left the eerie mansion.Slowly, almost imperceptibly, Martha began to be aware of an atmosphere of menace There had been whispers of past horrors, warnings of violence yet to come and now there were strange accidents It was madness to stay one.But Con TreMellyn s dark charm had overpowered Martha s natural caution Against her will she felt irresistibly drawn to the handsome, enigmatic master of Mellyn.Now, even as she found herself being pulled deeper and deeper into a frightening web of unseen terror, she knew she could not, would not leave

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        Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.Eleanor Alice Burford, Mrs George Percival Hibbert was a British author of about 200 historical novels, most of them under the pen name Jean Plaidy which had sold 14 million copies by the time of her death She chose to use various names because of the differences in subject matter between her books the best known, apart from Plaidy, are Victoria Holt 56 million and Philippa Carr 3 million Lesser known were the novels Hibbert published under her maiden name Eleanor Burford, or the pseudonyms of Elbur Ford, Kathleen Kellow and Ellalice Tate Many of her readers under one penname never suspected her other identities.


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    1. 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 s [...]


    2. 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 favouriteand 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 Cornwal [...]


    3. 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 [...]


    4. 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, setting, menace, use of location, [...]


    5. 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 did.“There 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 t [...]


    6. 3.5 (for Retro Reads)“There 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 dau [...]


    7. 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 [...]


    8. 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 [...]


    9. ***2017 Summer Lovin’ Reading List***After two misses, it was nice to score a hit. Apparently, I am an old-fashioned woman. I prefer a story with some mystery, some history, and some romance. Leave out the sex scenes and let’s have an actual plot, please.Stereotypical as can be, Mistress of Mellyn gave me the usual Victoria Holt offering. An impoverished gentlewoman with no options except being a governess, a student with potential and problems, an attractive employer with an air of mystery, [...]


    10. Gothic Mystery set in Cornwall with a Wonderful Love StorySet 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 departur [...]


    11. Martha Leigh has to earn her own living, and the only option open to her is to be a governess. Her aunt finds a place for her and Martha ends up in a household full of secrets. The master of the house is Connan TreMellyin, whose child Alvean she has to teach. There are the siblings from the neighbouring mansion, who are both friends and rivals of the TreMellyins. Clementine wants to marry Connan and mothers Alvean constantly, while Peter is a flirt. Over time, Martha realises there are far too m [...]


    12. "There are two courses open to a gentlewoman when she finds herself in penurious circumstances.One is to marry, and the other to find a post in keeping with her gentility."With no other prospects in sight, Martha Leigh takes a position as governess for eight-year-old Alvean TreMellyn at her family's estate Mount Mellyn in Cornwall. Alvean's mother Alice has been dead for a year, after she ran away with her lover they both died in a tragic train wreck - burned beyond recognition. Her father Conno [...]


    13. Rating Clarification: 2.5 StarsI'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. However, the appeal of Victoria Holt's first published gothic novel, Mistress of Mellyn, faltered in my remem [...]


    14. More years than I care to remember since I read this novel. You tend to forget just what pure escapism this author offered to her readers. Loved the atmosphere and the Cornish setting. Somewhat predictable but still good funa dark and brooding hero and a determined and feisty heroine with a heart of gold that had the power to bring a family together. All the hallmarks that you look for in a "Gothic" romantic/suspense.


    15. An entertaining Gothic with much to like for genre fans. Martha Leigh, is a gentlewoman, orphaned with no income. What to do? In Victorian times, with few options, she must become a governess to a lonely and difficult child in a country manor in Cornwall. I loved the Cornish setting--I kept picturing those cliff scenes in the BBC version of Poldark.Marty was a pleasant and believable heroine and Connan was okay, but somehow the romance never clicked with me. (view spoiler)[What an unappealing pr [...]



    16. I "discovered" Victoria Holt in my local library back in high school. My mom remembered reading and loving her books back when she was my age. This one was one of my favorites. My only complaint of Holt, even back in high school, was that nothing seemed to happen for ages, and then in the last twenty pages everything would happen! It always left me feeling like I'd just finished a great book, but also like I'd been deceived a little into that impression.Recently, I got into D.E. Stevenson and fo [...]


    17. A classic gothic: when Martha takes a position as a governess in remote Cornwell, catering to a spoiled child, she does not expect to be surrounded by mystery and find herself in danger


    18. I almost want to give it that third star, but the melodrama didn't really start until three quarters of the way through. Before the fun stuff was a bunch of occasional musing on Martha's part about Alice, and no real searching. And I have no idea why Connan was such a catch. He was a jerk, Martha disliked him, Martha got a crush, Connan liked her interest, Martha loves children, Martha loves Connan, Connan loves Martha. So unlike the infamous gold-standard Mr. Darcy, Connan's full character arc [...]


    19. This novel is going for Jane Eyre meets Rebecca, but it never quite gets there. Decent storyline, but difficult for me to really connect with the characters.


    20. We are born, we suffer, we love, we die, but the waves continue to beat upon the rocks; the seed time and the harvest come and go, but the earth remains.


    21. My mother gave me this book, telling me that I might get a kick out of it. She was right! This book gives a new meaning to a five star rating: “amazing”… Amazing in the sense—How could this book have been published?!I’ll admit the story had potential. When I first started it, I thought it would be like those old Catherine Cookson novels I used to love to read in my early teens. Once I was a third of the way into the story, I was embarrassed that I even made that comparison. Cookson’s [...]


    22. NOTE: I've just discovered, purely by chance, that have deleted a couple of my old reviews from the site. Luckily, I had a backup of this one:This Gothic romance packs plenty of punch thanks to the myriad plot ingredients to be found lurking within the pages. The wonderfully Gothic setting is Cornwall, more specifically an ancient castle on the clifftops; it is a location haunted by tragedy, where people die, go missing and walk into the sea, never to return. There are secret peep holes and pri [...]


    23. "There are two courses open to a gentlewoman when she finds herself in penurious circumstances.One is to marry, and the other to find a post in keeping with her gentility." With no other prospects in sight, Martha Leigh takes a position as governess for eight-year-old Alvean TreMellyn at her family's estate Mount Mellyn in Cornwall. Alvean's mother Alice has been dead for a year, after she ran away with her lover they both died in a tragic train wreck - burned beyond recognition. Her father Conn [...]


    24. This book was a cross between Rebecca and Jane Eyre with a dash of The Woman in White. I adored it! I wasn’t crazy about the ending but that said I LOVED this book!I thought the motive for the crime wasn’t substantial enough. I had hoped there would be more justification and explanation at the end but there just wasn’t. I didn’t think the motive justified the crime. The ending was WAY too fast for me…ere was so much build up and then suddenly it was over.But other than the ending, the [...]


    25. I read this book as part of a Gothic challenge; I selected it because my task was to find a book with a Gothic looking cover on it. This cover obviously has everything you would want in a gothic novel: A woman looking ghost-like at twilight, near a rocky ocean side, with an old, foreboding mansion in the background. The content of the book is classic Gothic romance as well: the governess is taking care of a petulant child whose mother, Alice, is dead, and the father/man of the house, Connan, cou [...]


    26. This Gothic romance first published in 1960 is one of those rare romance novels I read as a teen that I remember--and remember fondly; it still holds up on a read decades later. These days you find Holt in the general fiction section in my neighborhood Barnes and Noble, not the romance section--indicative of its near classic status as a work of "romantic suspense." Set in Victorian-era Cornwall, the heroine, Martha, is entering a position as a governess at Mellyn. This is a well-written first pe [...]


    27. Mistress of Mellyn is a great example of an old-fashioned gothic romance. It begins with the necessary heroine, an impoverished gentlewoman with no prospects for marriage (of course), who is pursuing a living as a governess in an isolated and somewhat spooky manor. The master of the house is a widower, handsome and forbidding, whose wife died in fantastic circumstances and whose body was never positively identified. All this is wrapped up in rumors and mysterious happenings while our heroine, ag [...]


    28. One of the books on my father’s bookshelves. Bought back in the year 1981. Over all, it was an interesting read with colorful characters. I haven’t read a suspense novel in a while so I suppose I enjoyed it a bit more. Miss Leigh is the most dim-witted governess ever. If one believes in the stereotype, that women are confused creatures, Miss Leigh, surely lives up to that stereotype. I really enjoyed the ending more than the start of this book.The finishing lines by the author are worth ment [...]


    29. Victoria Holt was largely responsible for my addition to gothic romance novels when I was a teenager, and so it was with great relish and nostalgia that I re-read "The Mistress of Mellyn." The book is delightful and perfect for a young adult reader. Holt writes with a sense of proper behavior that is sadly lost today. It was rather refreshing to have a character be flustered by a kiss.[return][return]The plot is typical of the genre: well-reared young woman becomes governess for naughty/misunder [...]


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