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The Marriage Certificate [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Molyneux
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 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: 2654 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • 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 (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,246 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air! 9 May 2013
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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28 of 30 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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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Explained to death 13 Nov. 2013
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I bought this book on a recommendation from an acquaintance.
While the subject matter was of interest initially the author soon got bogged down in detailed explanation, which became quite tedious after a while.
I found an error in this detail which then had me wondering exactly what else might be incorrect and in the end I gave up caring about the characters and the outcome. I persevered until the end but even the last minute "beat the clock" scramble left me cold.
On the whole this was an interesting plot idea that was suffocated by too much minutiae and poor execution.
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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
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
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read 18 Jun. 2013
By Oldie
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A good family story with intrigue and suspense making it difficult to put down, My bedtime read extended to the early hours!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Genealogical Trail 7 Dec. 2014
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As a genealogist, I enjoyed the story that evolved through research into the single marriage document. It was a first venture into this sort of story for me but it was sufficiently interesting to give me ideas for my (not for publication) offering on my own research. The story had enough twists and turns to be plausible and it held my attention to the end. Maybe not the best written book ever but certainly not the worst. Give it a try!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
My current reading interest is genealogical mystery and this book fits the bill perfectly. Some reviewers are not keen on the way that past and present are woven together but I... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
A really enjoyable read. I liked how the author interleaved the past and the present. Although a slight hint was given I was surprised by the twist at the end. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christine
5.0 out of 5 stars The Marriage Certificate
I couldn't put this book down! Non violent which is a big thing today. I have read some others of the same vein but they always introduce violence that makes you want to put the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Maclennan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Marriage
I thoroughly enjoyed The Marriage Certificate. I could not put the book down, which is unusual for me. Every time I read a section I wanted to know what was to come. Read more
Published 2 months ago by rob burrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I am happy withe my purchase and the quick delivery.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs M.
1.0 out of 5 stars Got dizzy trying to read it
From the reviews, I was looking forward to this book but by page 19 I'd had enough. The theory seemed good enough but it switched scenes so often it was hard to keep up. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting Story and well written
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Lorraine Pullen
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting job or hobby
The plot was OK . It is interesting to learn how family historians work, or how useful papers can be to trace a life.
Published 2 months ago by Sandra Pauli de Campana
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really enjoyed this book and the whole transaction was good. Thank you
Published 2 months ago by clyro
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
An interesting theme not brilliantly written but with just enough to make you want to read the next bit and then the next bit
Published 3 months ago by En Davidson
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