- 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: 234 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,889 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
‘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 ›
This book reminded me a lot of the TV programme Heir Hunters and in fact a firm of genealogical researchers does appear in the book. I loved how Peter dug deeper and deeper into the histories of the various people to eventually solve a mystery. This kind of genealogical fiction is right up my street and there aren't that many decent books like this one around.
There is the modern day investigation and also the story of Louisa and John, Rose and Frank in the early 1900s. If I had one complaint about this book it would be that the 1900s story has a very long section in the book which I think would have benefited from being broken up with a bit of the modern story, but once the story returned in earnest to the modern research the book just absolutely raced along and I couldn't put it down until it reached its conclusion.
An excellent read which will particularly appeal to those who enjoy modern history and family history research.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 4 hours 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 days ago by Jilly
Interesting idea, good storyline, but a bit too 'wordy'. Reminded me at times of Frank, in Vicar of Dibley, going through the story with every little detail, taking sidepaths at... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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 2 months ago by hoochypooch
Having just read this book, I realised that it's two years almost to the day since I purchased it. I wish I'd read it sooner! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rubyred
Very impressive for a debut novel. Good strong story lines; well researched. All in all a genuinely believable narrative. Congratulations. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Lots of historical detail to plough through and a bit pointless in places. Not as engrossing as I'd hoped really.Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
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