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The Marriage Certificate [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Molyneux
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)

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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 (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,274 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
By AJB
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
By JH
Format:Kindle Edition
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
By SJN
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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
Format:Kindle Edition
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
By MS
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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
By WB
Format:Kindle Edition
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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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 The marriage certificate
Fab book. Could not put it down. Has it all, romance, intrigue. Very enjoyable with a good twist at the end
Published 8 hours ago by MILLIE
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fascinating story for anyone interested in genealogy.
Published 4 days ago by S. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars This is such an absorbing, pleasant read. One ...
This is such an absorbing, pleasant read. One of those books that you don't really want to end because you're enjoying the escapism. Which it is. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Hopeful
5.0 out of 5 stars separated at birth
An intriguing story that with perseverance, an amateur Genealogist can discover wonderful things. There is hope for us all. Good luck in your personal searching. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Anne S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant genealogical story with lots of twists and turns
Published 17 days ago by margaret longhorn
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good enough book
Published 18 days ago by vicky walker
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting
An interesting story which flowed along well. Gave a good account of life 100 years ago. Liked it as it was different to anything else I've read and good subject matter. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Maria Fleming
5.0 out of 5 stars Great genealogical fiction
Amateur genealogist, Peter Sefton, purchases a marriage certificate from an antiques centre. It catches his eye and he decides to try and find out more about the people who married... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nicola
5.0 out of 5 stars A Family History Mystery!
I couldn't put this book down. An early 20th century family tragedy solved by a 21st century genealogist. Fascinating reading!
Published 1 month ago by Ipanema girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this and was gripped all the way through. It's a story of total intrigue without needing to be a story of a murder to grasp the reader's attention. Read more
Published 1 month ago by SAL
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