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Maulever Hall (Coronet Books) Paperback – 1 Jan 1980

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; New edition edition (1 Jan. 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340164654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340164655
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,040,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maulever Hall

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breaks down at about 60%, threads water, stomps in the same place, before it takes off, for a rocket launch ending...pacing erratic, in other words...hero silly, heroine worse, plot unlikely, and evil villains pretty silly too..good for a pleasant vacation read, by the pool, in a warm climate, but not a keeper...
too bad...tries too hard, with too little substance to work with...
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Loved this book! Couldn't leave it alone. She is a very good author - mystery and romance. No bad language or gratuitous sex scenes! Have read some of her other books and will look out for others.
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I can't recommend this enough! Intellegent, charming and most importantly I couldn't put it down! This is a real gem and I've since snapped up the authors other books. This managed to add a brilliant mystery element to an already engaging regency romance, which was a refreshing change from most books in the genre.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9cdaf240) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bed7fa8) out of 5 stars A story I've never forgotten 23 July 2003
By Susan Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Maulever Hall must be the first "gothic" ... "regency" I ever read and I was in junior high school at the time. A very early effort by this author who has had a long and prolific career. I remember it fondly as a precursor, for me at any rate, to my foray into Georgette Heyer and, as such, it has always remained a standard by which to judge much regency and historical fiction.
Briefly, it is the story of young Marianne, victim of amnesia who arrives at Maulever Hall with a small boy in tow not knowing who she is or where she was bound or, indeed, who the small boy is. The owner of the Hall, Mr Mark Mauleverer, is a forbidding (never sinister - indeed, he's too sexy to be that and at 13 or 14 when I first read this, I was MOST impressed!!) character, a politician and former soldier, a battle-scarred veteran of Waterloo. There is a mystery, of course, which gets solved but also allows the H/H to be developed, fleshed out and fall in love. There are peripheral characters comically drawn including the hero's mother and a duchess who gardens in gum-boots.
Worth seeking out if only to see how few authors writing in this genre today have managed to achieve Jane Aiken Hodge's early standards! I simply cannot believe my copy is a 1967 edition!!!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c07f3cc) out of 5 stars Another Engrossing, Wonderful Jane Aiken Hodge!! 16 Sept. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been reading Jane Aiken Hodge when I can find her for 30 years. I've never been disappointed yet! Now that we have amazon.com I'm lucky enough to be able to find books I couldn't find before, and I'm glad this was one of them. It was totally engrossing, exciting, fast-paced, and had a wonderful ending. Her books take you to the places, and get you involved with the people, and I was very disappointed when this one ended! Kudos to Jane Aiken Hodge!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bee251c) out of 5 stars Improbable Gothic 19 July 2014
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Gothic romance about a girl who wakes up with amnesia on a coach. Doesn't know who she is or who the little boy she's traveling with is. Finds shelter at Maulever Hall with a ditzy older woman and her son. Tries to figure out who she is. Not my favorite of this authors work. Several problems. She writes the heroine as a strong capable person but then repeatedly has her act in a gullible way. Alludes to drug use by the older woman which is never really resolved. The local minister at first doesn't like the heroine and refuses to help her then later inexplicably decides her wants to marry her. Try some of the authors better works like "Greek Wedding" or "Marry in Haste".
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c0be45c) out of 5 stars Enjoyable for the most part 9 Aug. 2014
By Beff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was enraptured with this book up until about the 60% mark when our heroine pulled a TSTL move. She did it once and I powered through...then she did it again, and it was worse because she had been so stupid the first time - and clearly didn't learn anything. I had to stop and skim to the end, but that was at about 82%. I got it through Kindle Unlimited so I didn't feel cheated and did get plenty of enjoyment out of it up until that last TSTL move.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c001a08) out of 5 stars You are a very gullible young lady after all, Miss Lamb 14 Aug. 2015
By upfront_reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I have long thought that the quality of romance novels has been going down over the last decade or so. But re-reading this title published in 1963 from an author I used to love, I realize that—with a few notable exceptions aside—romance novels have always been pretty bad. This story, lacking both characterization and plausibility, is a tedious exercise in plot stretching. The afflicted heroine meets the scarred hero, and absent real conflict, the author consumes gallons of ink contriving enough misunderstandings to keep them apart for 250 pages. She throws in every trope imaginable—amnesia, abduction, drug addiction, cholera, mistaken identity, even a plot moppet—to make it work. She even lifts (to put it kindly) Mr. Collins’ proposal scene from “Pride and Prejudice” for comic relief: (”Dear madam, do not go. Mr. Emsworth can have nothing to say to me that I would not much rather hear in your company”…“Young ladies, I know, make a practice of saying ’No’ the first time”…”you shall not suffer for dubiety of your antecedents, nor yet for your lack of dower”) Alas, not even plundering Jane Austen can save this novel. It meanders from one improbable situation to the next until the romance reaches its drawn-out conclusion. Between the hero’s episodes of sub-psychotic rage and the heroine’s forays into too-stupid-to-live territory, I was ready for their story to be over long before it was. To add insult to injury, the digital conversion of this novel is dreadful. Punctuation and spelling errors abound (“Marianne could not keep silent no longer” was my favorite). I’m very glad that I merely wasted my monthly Kindle Lending Library choice on this dreck rather than my money.
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