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The Marriage Certificate [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Molyneux
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,974 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 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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9 of 9 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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29 of 31 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Marriage Certificate - A look at the past 24 Oct. 2013
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When Peter sees a marriage certificate on sale at an antiques fair he decides to buy it on a whim. As an amateur genealogist he is moved to discover more about the couple, Louisa Crockford and John Williams who married in 1900. Who were the couple? What happened after they married and why was their marriage certificate up for sale when surely it should have been kept by their family?

This story alternates with that of Rosetta Ince beginning in 1898 and Peter's search in the present. In the past we get to know more about the young draper with ambitions to own her own shop, her hopes and her dreams and the understanding that as a woman at the turn of the century she couldn't have the marriage and the career it just wasn't possible.

The groom is off to fight in the Boer war in South Africa. This is not a war knew much about but Stephen Molyneaux's writing certainly appeared to be well researched and with Rose moving to the Isle of Wight the bond between her and Lousia remains strong with letters and the newly invented postcards made their way between the two women.

I really liked this book, it was strong on the historical aspect. It also realistically portrayed quite how easy it is to make assumptions when researching family history, although Peter had more lucky finds than I ever have had! There were plenty of sad moments and I got quite involved, wanting to know the full story. The book concluded on a twist, which although not unexpected, rounded off this great story nicely.
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3 of 3 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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9 of 10 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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9 of 10 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I read in two sittings 3 Aug. 2013
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I really enjoyed the story line, how the book flowed well through the different historical events. That's is why I have given my review 5 stars, The Genealogy was gripping and towards the end a surprise finish I hadn't foreseen.

The only time I lost my way through the book was the long description of each Number of the train carriages. Only a minor point for me personally maybe. I would recommend this book to others. It was recommended to me by a friend and I enjoyed the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I thought this was a good concept for a story but I found it slow ...
I thought this was a good concept for a story but I found it slow and got bored with it.
Published 1 day ago by LynnyB
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great read
Published 6 days ago by KB
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy
Really enjoyed this. Something a little different.
Published 20 days ago by V. Brennan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Service and goods as described and of good quality
Published 1 month ago by John Gibson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed it especially the twist in the tail at the very end
Published 1 month ago by Maureen Read
3.0 out of 5 stars The story line is good and the revelations well thought out but the...
The story line is good and the revelations well thought out but the different aspects are unbalance and at times the authors interest in historical facts over loads and thus loses... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. A. F. Spalding
4.0 out of 5 stars Heir hunters
A decent read with several twists and turns that keep up the interest. Will be of interest to anyone with an interest in genealogy or an avid watcher of Heir Hunters.
Published 2 months ago by Admiral Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This book was one of the best I have read with ancestry connections sad,and mysterious very very good would recommend
Published 2 months ago by val
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
I loved this book so much information about research and interesting twist .would recommend anyone who likes genealogy to read this book.
Published 3 months ago by deborahkingdon
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing tale of genealogy
This book is well written, it draws the reader in right from the start, and the changes of aspect also keep it very interesting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by hellkatjen
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