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The Marriage Certificate

The Marriage Certificate [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Molyneux
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The Marriage Certificate ... the issue is a mystery.

What prompts amateur family historian Peter Sefton to buy the marriage certificate he sees on display in an antiques arcade? Is it because he thinks it should be private and he wants to remove it from public view? Is it the prospect of researching the individuals named upon it? Or is it something else, happenstance perhaps, which leads him towards a potentially lucrative discovery and a long forgotten family secret?

When John and Louisa marry in January 1900, who could foretell how their lives and those of ambitious Rose, the bridesmaid, and confident Frank, the best man, would be changed that day?

Follow their story, through Peter’s research and find out how, with investigative skill and a certain amount of luck, Peter finds himself pulled along to uncover a series of sad and tragic events … events, which connect the marriage certificate to a modern day mystery. But … there’s a complication. In his quest to complete the family tree he learns that he has competition. It’s not just a matter of pride; there’s money at stake too. Should he the amateur give up, or can he really beat the professionals at their own game?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1384 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0957605900
  • Publisher: Sites To Suit Limited (7 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CP9IJ0M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,194 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 15 July 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. I found myself totally immersed in the Victorian story, at the same time eager to uncover the truth behind the Wedding Certificate. It's a fascinating plot, with lives and events being revealed in a simple narrative style which I felt made it all the more realistic and emotional. I was impressed by the amount of research which must have gone into the book and how the author has managed to mix historical fact, human emotion and modern genealogical techniques into one brilliant story.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air! 9 May 2013
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Although not a thriller in the usual sense, I found it as gripping as one and didn't want to put it down! Interesting subject matter and a very welcome change from the usual topics books are written around. Thoroughly recommend it. A great read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 30 May 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. As a keen amateur genealogist myself, I could really relate to how addicted Peter became with trying to solve the mysteries he was uncovering as the result of buying an old marriage certificate that had caught his eye on an antique stall. The story was very well-written, and the characters believable, and I was gripped from start to finish! I hope the author will write some more novels on this sort of subject. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing! 20 May 2013
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This was such an interesting read. I read it in one sitting, and was gripped by the historical background, interlaced with modern research techniques. The story bowls along, releasing its secrets in a most entertaining way, and building up to a surprisingly tense denouement. Highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant genealogy read 26 July 2013
By Ang 35
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I am also into genealogy, so as the story unfolded, understood all the ways that he tried to research Rose's life. It weaves from one generation to another beautifully. Not only is it a love story but a family history lesson as well ! Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 8 Jun 2013
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Not my usual choice of read, nevertheless, the element of mystery, believable characters, storyline and historical context kept me hooked to the end. This is an easy read and highly recommended for anyone interested in genealogical research.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid And Informative Read 26 July 2013
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This book was engaging both due to the family history that forms the story's core, and the genealogical methods used to discover that history. Whilst the family may itself be fictional, the author writes of its members with such authority and knowledge of his subject that it is easy to see this as almost a universal tale of ancestry.
Although I feel that the plot drags a little towards the middle, it quickly picks up pace again and leads to an interesting finale.
A great deal of research has clearly been done, particularly with regards to dates and the nature of the Boer and First World wars. The writing style suits the content insofar as it is straightforward and designed to further the plot, rather than lingering for too long on descriptive detail.
It is a book well worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 10 Nov 2013
By robyn
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Great to see some genealogy fiction/mystery books out there.
I loved "The Marriage Certificate" and could well relate to Peter Sefton each time the postman arrived bring envelopes containing birth, death or marriage certificates.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, loved the suspense and the surprise at the VERY end was something I'd contemplated while
reading the book but had forgotten when I got more and more involved with the story.
Only problem is that there is, so far, not another book by Stephen Molyneux to read. I hope "The Marriage Certificate" is the first in a series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Not what I expected but I really enjoyed this book. Well worth reading.
Published 28 days ago by Jj2805
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good plot, writing style ..okay. but I enjoyed non the less.
Published 1 month ago by Michele
5.0 out of 5 stars Intruiging
Very good me it hd
my attention all the way through.I really . Enjoyed this book it shows what happened from small beginnings
Published 1 month ago by Jenny
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but nothing to write home about
I was familiar with the area which helped bring the book to life but it was very predictable and the ending disappointing.
Published 1 month ago by supercrutch
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
this was a brilliant read - enjoyed the twists and turns and as an amateur genealogist I found the plot very believable
Published 1 month ago by Mary Kersey
5.0 out of 5 stars What a tale!
A marriage certificate is an unusual place to start a story, I was intrigued and certainly not disappointed; the interplay between past and present stories built the story up... Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As I am researching my family history, this book was very informative.
Published 1 month ago by Annette
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous
I love family history research and sometimes watch Heir Hunters. This book combines both strands of these. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rowan
1.0 out of 5 stars A plot line wasted
Reads like a school essay. The plot sounded fascinating and as a genealogist, I enjoy these types of stories. Read more
Published 2 months ago by PC, Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An excellent read.
Published 2 months ago by Jan
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