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The Mistress of Trevelyan [Mass Market Paperback]

Jennifer St. Giles
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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16 Aug 2004
The manor behind the mists....The man behind the mystery.In 1873 San Francisco, spirited Ann Lovell takes a position no one else dares -- as governess to the motherless sons of the enigmatic Benedict Trevelyan. It has long been whispered that Trevelyan Manor hides dark secrets and sinister deeds -- including the murder of Benedict's wife. But Ann refuses to pay heed to spiteful rumor. As she grows to cherish her young charges, Ann also finds herself powerfully drawn to the handsome Benedict, whose passionate persuasion introduces her to a new world of sensual pleasures. But even while falling in love with the master of Trevelyan, Ann wonders if his attentions are intended to blind her to the secrets of the past -- and if Benedict holds he key to her destiny...or her destruction.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (16 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743486250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743486255
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,334,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a chilling Gothic 17 Oct 2004
By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 Tatiana, 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 rumored 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Carol 'avid little bookworm' TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I've had this book since March, metaphorically gathering dust in my reading pile, I think subconsciously I was put off by the cover!

Well - don't make the same mistake as me - what a TREAT, I absolutely loved this novel, from the minute I started reading right through to the end. Although quite a lengthy book I'd finished it within a couple of days and now I'm left feeling completely bereft. I haven't been able to get into another book since finishing this almost a week ago (unheard of for me, normally I go from one book straight into the next)!!

The literary style was excellent as were a whole plethora of characters, who were cleverly crafted throughout this book, none were neglected I got to know them all and was completely transfixed with the storyline.

I loved Titania and Benedict, Titania employed as Governess by Benedict to his two boys, Justin and Robert. Titania - intelligent, practical and full of integrity and love; Benedict - deeply affected by the death of Francesca his wife, gorgeous, a massive bear of a man and intelligent too! They are drawn to each other right from the start. Jennifer St. Giles builds sensual, as well as sexual tension between them which eventually turns into real love, it made me feel all fuzzy inside.

Justin and Robert, traumatised following the loss of their mother and then feeling like they have lost the love of other family members too. Titania builds up their self-worth as well as their love as we see them blossom under her tutelage.

We get to know other characters, Dobbs the stuffy Butler who is constantly plagued by Titania in a game of one-up-man-ship and Justin and Robert who insist on playing their game of `making sunshine' with him, much to his chagrin.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner 9 May 2012
By Maz
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Wow, what a find. This was a free download two days ago. Sorry that I have finished it but couldn't wait to get to the end to find out who done it! I was hooked from about page 3. Who wouldn't love the launderess with attitude. Having got the job of Governess to the hero's children she has her work cut out with a dysfunctional family damaged by a suicide. I suppose this is is a boddice ripper/mystery but not too much time is wasted in repeating how the character feels. Instead the story keeps moving, and builds up a nice atmosphere, the clues are there along the way as in any good mystery and you can't help wanting various people to be inocent and yet its hard to see how they can be. Really well written, flows and keeps you wanting to to turn the page. I'm off to read the second book (which wasn't expensive) with fingers firmly crossed!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Gothic. 22 Oct 2012
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My first gothic novel set in America. This was OK for me but not a keeper.

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.
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