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The Mistress of Trevelyan (Trevelyan Series)

The Mistress of Trevelyan (Trevelyan Series) [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer St. Giles
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Set in late 19th-century San Francisco, this conventional but well-crafted gothic romance from first-time author St. Giles is full of spooky suspense. Lowly laundry worker Ann Lovell, the book's narrator, will do almost anything to snag the position of governess at Trevelyan Manor, even face off with forbidding Benedict Trevelyan, who's rumored to have killed his wife. Ann succeeds in persuading Benedict to hire her, despite her lack of formal teaching experience, but as she settles into her new position, she can't shake the sensation that someone is watching her. That feeling only intensifies as her relationship with Benedict escalates from a chaste but sensual encounter to a full-blown affair. Convinced that Benedict didn't murder his wife, Ann realizes the culprit must be one of the manor's residents, who are all members of Benedict's family. St. Giles has a tendency to overwrite ("I was a mere grain of sand upon the shore of an ocean of pleasure, and Benedict was the tide of that new world"), but her story ripples with tension. This tension and the author's skill at creating the book's brooding atmosphere make this an engrossing read.
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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


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 4335 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 388 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1439181195
  • Verlag: Novel Alive Publishing, LLC; Auflage: 3 (10. Dezember 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B006RBH7RU
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen great debut gothic 9. Oktober 2004
When I saw the title of this book, Mistress of Trevelyan, I immediately thought of Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt, likely the first Romance I read as a child - though they were not called Romances back then. As I read it, the familiarity continued because St. Giles evokes that sinister Gothic air. It's glad to see Gothics making a slow comeback. St. Giles pens a tale that keeps the reader spellbound, and to an older reader who cut her teeth on Gothics, it's so enjoyable.
In a typical Gothic beginning, evocative of Daphne du Maurier, "Last night I dream of Manderlay...", when Ann Lovell walks through the gates of the old San Francisco mansion on Trevelyan Hill, she reflects how she was always mysteriously drawn to the house, almost a portent that her fate and the house was somehow intertwined. Set in the 19th century, foggy San Francisco, it's pure Gothic spooky, the big house full of sinister secrets, dark corners where evil resides. Ann, whose real name is Titania, is a lowly laundry worker. Her mother was a sweet lass lied to by a man of higher birth. A tall woman, who has to look down on most men, she has come to apply for a position of governess (as I said, pure blissful Gothic!) for Justin age 7, and Robert, age 5. No one seems to be able to keep the job, and now no one is applying, so Ann believes she stands a good chance of landing the position.
Benedict Trevelyan was rumoured to have killed his wife, but naturally, that does not daunt Ann. Immediately, upon settling into her new role in the house, duckbumps prickle up her spine as she becomes certain someone is watching her. With no surprise, Ann and Benedict's relationship spiral from first kiss into full blown affair - those cads never can resist the governess!
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Ich habe ja persönlich ein recht zwiespältiges Verhältnis zu Liebesschnulzen, da ich einerseits eine riesen Romantikerin bin und Liebesgeschichten einfach liebe, aber andererseits mag ich diesen typischen Kitsch nicht, der die Protagonisten sich von Sekunde 1 anhimmeln lässt und dann 300 Seiten lang von nichts anderem gefaselt wird, als wie heiß und wunderschön der andere nicht aussieht. Also Kitsch und fehlende Handlung sind das, was mich an diesem Genre am meisten stört.

Deswegen war ich von "The Mistress of Trevelyan" auch recht positiv überrascht, da das Buch zwar nicht komplett ohne Anhimmeln und Begehren auskommt, aber doch tatsächlich eine schöne, nachvollziehbare und sogar spannende Storyline hat, die zwar zunächst sehr an "Jane Eyre" erinnert, doch dann durchaus ihre eigenen Züge entwickelt und etwas Individuelles bekommt.

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Ann Lovell bewirbt sich nach dem Tod ihrer geliebten Mutter als Lehrerin für die beiden Söhne des Herrschaftshauses Trevelyan. Den Job bekommt sie, trotz anfänglicher Widrigkeiten, unter anderem ein hochnäsiger Butler, der sich einen Spaß daraus macht, ihren Namen zu vergessen.
Ihre beiden Schüler Justin und Robert sind zunächst sehr unnahbar und wild, trauern sie doch ebenfalls um ihre Mutter, die ein Jahr davor unter mysteriösen Umständen zu Tode gekommen ist. Mord? Selbstmord? Ein Unfall? Darüber wird nicht gesprochen. Von keinem der Hausbewohner.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great book 25. April 2012
Von Lily M.
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Great book. Well written. And even the story is similar to Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre" (Du Maurier's "Rebecca" as well) I really liked it. Still a worthy read and enjoyable. ;)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Gothic Romance!! 19. März 2012
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This book was a great introduction to a new and talented writer for me. Jennifer St. Giles really created a couple that I really cared about and was fully invested in. Titania is a laundress turned governess who is trying to better herself. We really see her grow and through her we meet the master of the house, Benedict. He is a great hero, tortured by his past marriage and mistakes and trying to atone for what has happened. What I loved about the book was that I actually got to see these two people fall in love to a point that I really believed it. Besides the romance that was perfectly executed, it was a great mystery as we try and predict whether Titania is imagining ghosts or being targeted to leave before she uncovers something. It seemed that everyone could be suspect, and to be truthful, I was actually surprised who the culprit was. So if you feel in the mood for such a book, give it a try because it is definitely worth the time.

Looking forward to the next novel!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Beautiful story! 26. März 2012
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I have read many romance novels..this one captured my attention like no other. I love everything about this novel..the suspense, Anne, Benedict and the is so beautiful and touching..with the dash mystery too. The authors writing is beautiful..I wish this story never ended! I will be sure to purchase all her novels if they are anything close to this! Well done!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen LOVED! LOVED! LOVED!!!! 19. März 2012
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I loved this book! First time author for me, but not the last. I couldn't put it down. Stayed up way too late and neglected what needed to be done to read this book! Filled with wonderful characters, humor, and romance. The wonderful descriptions will draw you in. Highly recommended!!!!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good, but His Dark Desires was better (3 1/2 stars)... 1. April 2006
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There are certain things you should expect from a gothic novel -- a dark and taciturn main character, a mysterious death(s) of some sort, a city that is known for its eccentricity, the almost prerequisite Victorian setting, a house with stone carvings/sculptures of gargoyles or some other equally creepy creature, an insane character or two, and a paranormal subplot centered usually on ghosts. The Mistress of Trevelyan has them all! This novel screams gothic from the moment you read the first page. I like gothic stories, and having read His Dark Desires, which is the second part of this quasi-series, I had looked forward to reading Benedict Trevelyan's story. However, this one isn't as engaging as His Dark Desires and the gothic elements, while well written, is a little overdone in that every aspect of the story seems to set the prerequisite tones of a gothic. The year is 1873 in San Francisco. Former laundress and intellectual Ann Lovell lands a job as governess to two young boys at the Trevelyan Manor. There is a great deal of mystery surrounding the house centering on the strange death of the mistress of Trevelyan. Did she commit suicide or did her husband, Benedict Trevelyan, kill her? There is a great deal of tension between Ann and Benedict from the moment they meet, and while she falls in love with her master and tries to bring happiness into his haunted children's lives, she also becomes involved in a great deal of intrigue and threats. There are various twists throughout the novel.

I like the first-person narrative and historical tone of the novel. I also like the almost palpable sexual tension between the main characters. The aftermath of Mrs. Trevelyan's mysterious death and how the children behave set the perfect haunting tone to the novel. Those things are by far the best parts of the novel and my heart went out to the young characters. As mentioned earlier, the gothic atmosphere is definitely in full swing here, and there's no mistaking the genre of this novel. I could have done without the constant reminder of the same though. The gothic aspects are definitely better done in His Dark Desires. Anyway, Ann is a good heroine in that she tries to improve her station in life by getting a respectable job and really caring for the children. I like how she tells the arrogant butler off. Those are the funniest parts in the novel. Benedict is dark and mysterious and his sex appeal comes to life in the pages. I liked him almost as much as I liked Stephen Trevelyan... almost. They mystery aspect of the novel is well written and it complemented the overall eerie tone of the novel. All in all, The Mistress of Trevelyan is romantic gothic through and through and I enjoyed it very much in spite of the fact that the story lags a bit toward the middle. His Dark Desires is a better effort though, which could only attest to Jennifer St. Giles's growth as an author. I look forward to reading her future efforts.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen An adequate if bloodless and by-the-number gothic 28. Juli 2008
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Ann (short for Titiana) Lovell is the illegitimate child of a well bred women whose life was destroyed by having a child out of wedlock. They wind up in San Francisco where they support themselves taking in laundry, where Ann grows to be a hard-working, loving and intelligent young woman, basking in the wealth of her mother's love if not in actual monetary wealth. Unfortunately her mother dies, leaving Ann alone... and it's at this point that she sees an advertisement for a job as a tutor for the young boys of Benedict Trevelyan, a wealthy man who's the center of a storm of local scandal. Ann is determined to escape her life of poverty and convinces him to hire her as his children's governess. Even though she's thrilled to have made a huge step up socially (and financially), she now has to deal with the animosity of Benedict's mother, a mysterious enemy (who could be just about anyone in this house of dark secrets) who's trying to terrorize her into leaving, and her own inappropriate feelings for the master of the house... who might or might not be a murderer!

"The Mistress of Trevelyan" is a competent if somewhat bloodless gothic. At first I was interested enough in Ann to want to find out what happens to her and how she manages to win her battle to pull herself out of the drudgery of her life as a laundress, but the story never managed to do anything more than just kind of plod along to it's well-trod conclusion. The period the book is set in is unusual for me and I wish that St. Giles had spent more time fleshing out the historical details of this interesting time, but honestly, the book could have been set during just about any period and it wouldn't have mattered. And about the love scenes - St. Giles tries her best to make them sexy but just seems to miss the mark. A large part of the problem comes from Ann's constant exclamations of "Goodness gracious" or "My heavenly word," which is supposed to be in character for Ann but just destroys the mood.

Probably the best thing about the book is her relationship with the boys - you can really feel her caring and affection for them, and the way they bloom under her attention is wonderful. Also, although also a little formulaic, Ann's competitive, one-uping relationship with the snooty, irascible Trevelyan butler provides some comedy and fun.

I recommend it for fans of the genre but that's about it - it's not a *bad* book but not particularly good, either.
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