Originally published nearly 40 years ago, this gothic classic has been frightening, romancing, and winning fans ever since. Part Jane Eyre
, part Rebecca
and all good, clean, campy fun, Mistress of Mellyn
will keep you tearing through the pages, and looking for copies to lend out to friends.
Our heroine Martha Leigh is a prim and freshly minted governess who has been hired by the remote and demanding Connan TreMellyn to care for his daughter Alvean. As the departure of the three prior governesses suggests, Alvean is a difficult charge, though understandably so since the recent death of her mother, Alice. As Martha tries to connect with Alvean, she researches the history of Mellyn, and discovers hidden family secrets that still haunt the present. Now familiar with Alvean, she feels herself falling for Connan. Though the desire between Martha and Connan grows, Alice's tragic death continues to haunt them both and endanger any future they may have.
A delightful combination of highbrow writing and lowbrow sentiments, Mistress of Mellyn is a guilt-free treat you can indulge in. The romance, suspense, and mystery tromp across the pages with predictable frequency, and there are enough dark looks and dark corridors for any gothic fan. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien
"Gothic romance thriller which out-thrills and out-gothics most." Evening Standard "For a good escapist read Victoria Holt never disappoints." Netta Martin, Annabel "Women of all ages with a vestige of romance in their make-up will devour this in a bite!" Everywoman "It is superb storytelling!It is utterly compulsive!I must heartily recommend it." Alex Stuart, John O'London's "Within the limitations of this particular type of story, Miss Holt's books seems to have exactly the right qualities." Eastern Daily Press "It reads so freshly that I recommend it to anyone who likes a good romance, mysterious, clean and quite entertaining. She captures the air of the Cornish coast and the Victorian way of life of the landed gentry." Yorkshire Evening Post "A highly readable novel of suspense and intrigue." Oxford Mail