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Mellington Hall [Kindle Edition]

Meredith Resce
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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Book Description

She doesn't stop to think...

When Sarah Montgomery finds a man lying half-dead in the snow, she doesn’t stop to think of the consequences of trying to save his life.

But being a Good Samaritan to a stranger yields nothing but trouble. In her parents’ absence, she struggles against a deadly fever and a vicious snow-storm, doing her best to save the life of a stranger.

Her reputation is in tatters...

But when her self-righteous neighbours eventually come to see how she fared during the storm, they draw a very different conclusion, and before she knows it, her reputation is in tatters, and she has been cast out of the church and her home.

Alone and destitute, Sarah is determined to seek work as a servant from the man whose life she has saved. But all is not well for the master of Mellington Hall. Someone wants Lord Alan Mellington dead, and he doesn’t know who or why. The only person he seems to be able to trust is the gamekeeper’s daughter, Sarah Montgomery, who has intervened to save his life not once but twice.

About the Author

This story, blending mystery, scandal, murder and romance comes from one of Australia’s best-loved authors, Meredith Resce. Having sold over 100,000 books, Meredith has many titles which are featured on her Amazon Author Page.



Product Details

  • File Size: 2154 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Golden Grain Publishing (October 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AJM4E2Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,619 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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In a small village near the English/Welsh border in 1838, Somebody is after Lord Mellington's fortune, and they're willing to kill him for it. When their first attempt fails, he is found left for dead, and nursed back to health by a young woman - Sarah Montgomery. This book isn't so much a murder mystery, as it is an attempted-murder mystery (although murders do occur as the story goes on). In a sense I found that this raised the tension. We knew that the killer was still out there somewhere, and would be trying again. This also allowed Sarah and Mellington to develop a romantic relationship that grows over time. The threat of murder added underlying suspense to their relationship.

As compelling as the mystery and the romantic plot are, they are almost both sub-plots to the greater story, which is the journey Sarah must take. Having helped save Mellington's life at the beginning of the book, she finds her reputation ripped to shreds as her neighbours get completely the wrong idea and spread insidious gossip that gets her thrown out of the church and shunned by the entire village. The book carries an eye-opening warning against jumping to conclusions, and acting in self-righteousness rather then grace.

This book was written in an omniscient point of view. Personally I am not a fan of this point of view, but it was used consistently through-out the book and did actually give the story a certain charm - making it feel like a classic mystery. Clearly his was a decision made very deliberately for stylistic reasons.

The mystery aspect was handled well, keeping the reader guessing, and ending with a logical and satisfying conclusion.

A great mixture of mystery and romance with a powerful theme.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mellington Hall - a captivating and delightful story December 16, 2012
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Finding a story that captivates one's mind and senses from page one is a delightful experience; Meredith E. Resce does just this in Mellington Hall. From the very first page I was hooked into the storyline, drawn so completely into the lives of Lord Mellington and Sarah Montgomery that I found myself reading into the wee hours of the morning!

A little bit Jane Eyre, a little bit Agatha Christie, if you love a good, old-fashioned mystery with twists and turns aplenty to keep you guessing and surmising, then this is most definitely the novel for you.

I very highly recommend Meredith E. Resce's "Mellington Hall."
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Writing Flaws January 28, 2013
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I wanted to like this book, because the plot sounded quite interesting. However, the many writing flaws made it difficult to finish and kept me from enjoying it.

The author has yet to master the art of showing not telling the reader. This is understandable, because it is difficult to show through words, instead of just telling. However, this problem was perpetuated by the author telling us everything. And I do mean everything. Every thought (if it entered their head, we knew about it), every non-thought (why something didn't enter their head, even if it never entered ours), every action (there was a paragraph about how the heroine kindled the fire), every inaction (why they didn't do something, even we didn't think about them doing it), everything was detailed. This much detail is commendable, but it ultimately dragged the book down.

The plot was also lacking. Problems were dealt with, only to appear again, and be dealt with again or be replaced and then dealt with and then appear again, in a never ending cycle. It never felt like a solid plot threaded through the entire book, tying everything together. Rather it was a series of little episodes that just kept trying to keep the book flowing. I felt like it should have been a series of short stories, not a single novel.

The characters were difficult to relate to; oh, I can tell you all about them, because the author told us all about them. However, I never connected to them, they never felt real. I understood everything they did and didn't do and knew every thought they had and didn't have, because it was well explained, but this just seemed to distance them from me.

Finally, there was a lot of perspective shifting.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading December 13, 2012
By JanF
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After reading all of Meredith Resce's books I find this one to be my favourite. If you like historical romance with a touch of drama then this is the book for you. Just when you think you know what's going to happen, there's another twist which keeps you entertained and interested to the very end. Meredith's style of writing makes for easy and enjoyable reading.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Romance, Murder and Faith December 30, 2012
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In the historical novel Mellington Hall, Australian author Meredith Resce has intertwined a compelling romance with an element of mystery. An attempt has been made on Lord Alan Mellington's life, but when the gamekeeper's daughter Sarah nurses him back to health unchaperoned while her parents are away, nosy neighbours wrongly assume the worst. With Sarah's reputation in tatters, she is thrown out of her home and church and forced to take a job at Mellington Hall where further attempts are made on her life and that of Lord Mellington. In this frightening and uncertain environment, love blossoms between Sarah and Alan, but will they find the would-be murderer in time and have their happy-ever-after ending?

Meredith Resce does a very good job of evoking the era. I really liked Sarah's voice and her spunk as she tried in vain to set the record straight regarding the circumstances of her relationship with Alan. I felt I cared about the characters and wanted them to be together. I also liked the way that faith issues were subtly woven into the story, highlighting the dangers of jumping to conclusions, malicious gossip, and religious legalism versus grace and forgiveness.

While the mystery was also interesting, I felt a few more clues and red herrings along the way would have helped. There was an interesting twist, but as the story was nearing the conclusion, the number of viable suspects had diminished so it wasn't too difficult to narrow it down to a couple of likely contenders. Having said that though, I did enjoy the story and felt it reached a satisfying conclusion. If you like historical romance with a touch of mystery, I would strongly recommend this novel as an enjoyable holiday read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Innocent in the eyes of God!
I loved it. In spite of the persecution/backbiting there wasn't retaliation!
Published 21 days ago by Connie Mathis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good
Published 2 months ago by Desertlady
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
not much substance; too light weight
Published 3 months ago by David Shirey
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Predictable and forced at times, with a few typos early on in the text, but an easy read. A nice book for a rainy Saturday morning.
Published 4 months ago by Bibliophile
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting!
This was a fairly interesting book, and kept my attention. The culprit was a person that I did not expect.
Published 4 months ago by Challen S Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good mystery.
Mellington Hall had a few spots where the narration to me was a bit drawn out, because I wanted to get to the action. But some details are worth reading before you move on. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Shane
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I liked this book. It has a pretty good story line. If you like a little mystery and a little romance, you will like this book. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Karen
4.0 out of 5 stars Love at last!
This book had no problem keeping me in suspense from the very beginning! I am sure you will enjoy this read!
Published 7 months ago by Jacqueline
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet but intriguing story.
A good read with interesting characters. The end was hidden right to the end. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it.
Published 8 months ago by marv j alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating story!
I was hooked from the beginning. An intelligent story with strong characters. Very well-written, and I enjoyed it very much indeed. I will go back and read the rest of her books.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

South Australian Author, Meredith Resce, has been writing since 1991, and has had books in the Australian market since 1997.
Following the Australian success of her "Heart of Green Valley" series, an English Publisher has taken the first three books in this series, and has released them to the British and American Christian Fiction markets.
She recently released her 15th project, 'The Greenfield Legacy'.
Apart from writing, Meredith also takes the opportunity to speak to groups on issues relevant to relationships and emotional and spiritual growth.
Meredith has also been co-writer and co-producer in the 2007 Australian feature film production, "Twin Rivers".
With her husband, Nick, Meredith has worked in Christian ministry since 1983.
Meredith and Nick have three adult children, one daughter and two sons.
Visit Meredith's website www.meredithresce.com



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