- 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
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 237 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,126 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
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.
‘The Marriage Certificate’ is another example of #genealogylit, combining family secrets with turn of the century British history: the Boer War, the Great War, the merchant navy, the changing role of women and attitudes to illegitimacy. Unlike other #genealogylit however, it is not a crime novel, there is no murder. It is the story of two couples - the bride and groom, Louisa and John, best man Frank and bridesmaid Rose - at a wedding on January 15, 1900; their lives, loves, dangers and tragedies. Running alongside is a modern-day strand. In 2011, amateur genealogist Peter Sefton finds the marriage certificate of Louisa and John’s wedding in an antiques shop and his curiosity is piqued. As he researches the names on the certificate, we also see their lives unfolding in a rapidly-changing world as the 19th century turns into the 20th. The men leave home to fight, while the women stay at home. War brings a change of life, but social mores remain Victorian.
Meanwhile, an elderly man dies alone in London. Without relatives, Harry Williams is listed on the Bona Vacantia list of unclaimed estates. In 2011, a professional heir hunting company starts to research Williams’ life in the hope of finding distant relatives and earn a share of the money. How will Highborn Research’s investigation coincide with Peter’s? Is there a connection to Laura and John? And who will inherit Harry Williams’ money?Read more ›
Most genealogical novels switch throughout between past and present, this did to some extent but the middle section was devoted to the past and the last section was in the present, a format which meant that I didn't have to keep referring back to previous chapters to remember who was who. I really enjoyed the story, I did guess the twist in the tale but that didn't spoil my enjoyment of it in any way.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful,wonderful book loved every minute of it. For those interested in family history an absolute delightPublished 1 month ago by Bobsline
As a keen family history researcher it was the title of this book which made me buy it. O certainly the threads of the story started coming together I found it very hard to put... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Leicester Lass
Painful to read. Bits read as if cut and paste from history books about the Boer war while the rest has no real narrative drive or literary value. Read morePublished 2 months ago by CMickell
An excellent story of the detective work of a complete genealogical amateur, driven by a mysterious impulse to follow up on a marriage certificate bought at an antiques fair. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jilly
I found this book difficult to get into. The constant swapping of time periods and characters practically every chapter, especially to start with, I found too much. Read morePublished 5 months ago by hoochypooch
Very impressive for a debut novel. Good strong story lines; well researched. All in all a genuinely believable narrative. Congratulations. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
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