by Jennifer St. Giles

August 2004
ISBN: 0-7434-8625-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Pocket Books
Mass Market Paperback

Despite the dark rumors that prevail about Trevelyan Manor and its grim master, Benedict Trevelyan, Ann Lovell seeks a position there as governess for Benedictís two young sons. As Ann settles in, she finds herself teaching not only the boys about love and life but also the other inhabitants of the house, including Benedict and his two tormented siblings, Stephen and Katherine. All the while Ann finds herself falling harder and harder for Benedict.

But the secrets of Trevelyan Manor are dark and dangerous, and Annís search for the truth about Benedictís wifeís death may cause her very own.

Jennifer St. Giles must most definitely be a descendant of the famous Bronte sisters. By no other manner could she be gifted with such ageless skill as to write a gothic romance, which fascinates even the most discerning of contemporary readers. From the very first page, The Mistress of Trevelyan calls to the reader as Trevelyan Manor had always beckoned to Ann. As Ann could not resist the mystery, neither can the adventurous soul who obsessively turns the pages of the book in search of the truth which lies within.

The story is enthralling, and the characters are captivating, especially the brooding Benedict who shares many likeable character traits with the great Heathcliff of Wuthering Heights. Ann is an unselfish heroine whose admirable quest for truth and love is a rarely seen reflection of the immense talent of Daphne du Maurierís extraordinary writing gift.

The Mistress of Trevelyan is destined to become a classic romance novel; one readers will reach for again and again.

Reviewed in July 2004 by Natasha.

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