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La maîtresse de Trevelyan (Trevelyan #1)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  720 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
San Francisco, 1873. Pour échapper à son destin de blanchisseuse, Ann Lovell réussit à se faire engager comme préceptrice chez Benedict Trevelyan qui a perdu son épouse dans des circonstances fort mystérieuses. Suicide ou meurtre ? Quoi qu'il en soit, elle est morte défenestrée et laisse deux petits orphelins qu'Ann aura du mal à apprivoiser. C'est pourtant leur père, le s ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 377 pages
Published September 28th 2007 by J'ai lu (first published 2004)
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May 07, 2012 D.G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First posted at Badass Book Reviews.

Between Advanced Reading Copies and my 3 excellent libraries, I have access to so many good free books that I rarely download freebies. But when a friend recommends one, I always go for it because it’s not as if I’m losing anything. This was the case of The Mistress of Trevelyan. I confess that even with the recommendation, I didn’t have much hope for this – the seemingly drunk, Keanu Reeves look alike in the cover didn’t inspire much confidence. Imagine my su
No time to write a lengthy review now or in the next couple of weeks, but this was an excellent period Gothic romance in the old tradition. And the smoldering looks lead elsewhere in a very spicy fashion. I enjoyed this book a lot and recommend it to anyone looking for a Gothic romance fix filled with a fairly factual historical setting. Great characters, spooky setting, terrible secrets, lurking danger, descriptive writing, suspenseful plotting. I wish I had time to write the review this book ...more
i've enjoyed gothic romances since i was in high school, but they have been pretty hard to find since the 60's to 70's. i absolutely loved victoria holt, the mistress of gothics. of course, back then sex was behind closed doors, and nothing more than a heated kiss was mentioned for the reader. in this book, that has changed, but the basic gothic elements are present--young woman living as a governess/companion/whatever in a house that tends to be spooky, employed by a dark, mysterious man to who ...more
 Simply Sam ツ
I read this several years back as a kindle freebie pre GRs. I don't really expect great things from the freebies but every now and then I stumble upon something enjoyable and even rarer still, something great. I wouldn't say this falls in that category but I do remember thinking it was pretty good for what it was, meaning a free kindle HR with gothic tendencies. If that's your thing then maybe give it a go. I'm not going to rate it, not because it was awful but because I don't remember it well e ...more
I must admit that it has become something of a game for me to find the books that have Nathan Kamp on the covers. He seems to be everywhere. There was a time when I had 4 or 5 out of 30 books from the library that had him on there. Funnily enough, he seems to prefer the ones where he is either shirtless or making out with some chick. He also seems to prefer romances, although I seem to remember a few urban fantasies with a male lead, something to do with dogs...
Anyways, as far as the story goes,
May 08, 2012 HJ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book - up until the end where it all fell apart.

It very strongly reminded me of all the Victoria Holt gothic romances I read as a teenager and loved. The story flowed well, kept my interest throughout, despite a few inadvertant typos and a disconcerting tendency for one of the characters, Katherine, to switch over to Catherine, oftentimes within the same paragraph.

My aggravation - enough to drop one entire star - is that the resolution of the mystery is one of those Scooby Do
I purchased this book because it was offered free from Amazon, and I am glad I did. I have now discovered a new author that I absolutely love.

The Mistress of Trevelyan is "teacher in love with boss" meets "murder mystery" with a dash of "red hot romance". From the minute I began reading, I had a connection with the characters and the story flowed effortlessly. If you are even remotely interested in this book, you should go download from amazon while it is being offered for free- you've nothing t
Jess the Romanceaholic
Having picked it up as a Kindle freebie a few weeks ago, I honestly wasn't sure what to expect going into it.

I think the biggest thing that threw me off was the time period and location. It was set in 1873 San Francisco, and yet I was jolted every single time a reference was made to the location or time period, as the world-building was a bit absent for much of the story.

Still, it wasn't a bad way to pass the time, especially for those into gothic-style romance.

3/5 Stars, with a full review t
Jun 05, 2015 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gothic mystery lovers
When I started this book I was disappointed to see it took place in America, because I am a big fan of all things Europe, and gothics just seem to belong there. But it wasn't long before I became entranced by the story of Benedict and Ann. Other than the fact that I began to suspect the villain about half way through, their reason for betrayal was not what I had expected. The characters were well drawn, and I especially became fond of the old Scottish bookseller who was like a fond uncle to Ann. ...more
Lee Anne - OMG! It's TOOOOO Cold!
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3.5 stars rounded up!

I actually read the second book in this series first and decided to go back to read this one and get the rest of the story. While I thoroughly enjoyed this book I did have a hard time getting in to it. It started out so wonderful and full of suspense and then started lagging. After a few chapters it did pick back up and I flew through the remainder of the book.

Ms. St. Giles has wonderful heroines and
Feb 26, 2017 AndPeggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compelling love story with an overarching mystery and air of suspense and impending tragedy throughout. Wonderful well-rounded characters.
Feb 20, 2008 maricar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
a sexy, thrilling 'whodunnit' effectively told in the first person.

even though there were the necessary highlights on secondary characters, i loved that the author was still essentially grounded on developing the growing attraction between Benedict and Ann, whilst not losing sight of the suspensful Gothic atmosphere (first scene was almost exactly like the one in 'Fall of the House of Usher').

ironically, despite the pervading dark theme, the author was also able to incorporate wrenching (and m
First person narration, I will pass. No rating.
Lynelle Clark
A wonderful historical romance, with mystery and suspense intertwined to keep your nose in the book till the very last page. Wanting for more with each page.
The author's writing kept me entertained, her words were descriptive, capturing the mood and the different characters realistically.
The passionate tension between Ann and Benedict kept you wondering when will they meet, and once they did, you which it could just keep on. Their bodies becoming one in the most romantic way.
It was their love a
A formulaic gothic: heroine's point-of-view, sensible plain-looking heroine becomes governess to two sons of owner of imposing mansion whose wife supposedly committed suicide.
It's like the author read Victoria Holt's "Mistress of Mellyn" and said "I can do that too". So she wrote an immitation and added quite a bit of sex, because that's what romances seem to need these days. Sorry if I don't read gothics for the sex scenes. A reader who never read "Mistress of Mellyn" would probably love this b
Apr 02, 2012 Suz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance
Because of the cover on this one, I thought it was a bodice ripper... and it's not, or at least it needs a lot more bodice ripping to suit my tastes.

It's a nice little romance, overall well written. It felt very Jane Eyre meets Rebecca, set in old (post gold-rush) San Francisco.

A "plain" governess finds herself situated in a family with secrets, falls in love with the master of the house, meets with resistance from certain members of the family (all of whom have secrets or believe themselves to
Oct 22, 2008 Alta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me about 100 pages to really get into the book. I think part of it was adjusting to the speech patterns of the period Ms. St. Giles set her novel in, and I had to adjust to a singular point of view, those may have been on me, not necessarily a reflection of her writing. However, the plot didn't start picking up pace until about that time too, so maybe it was a little bit of both.

All that being said, I *really* enjoyed this book. I admire Ann's character and her drive to change the course
Tracy Akers
Sep 09, 2013 Tracy Akers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer St. Giles is a gifted writer who beautifully captures the romance of a bygone era. In The Mistress of Trevelyan, Ms. St. Giles brings to life characters that are vibrant and well-developed, moving them through a labyrinth of stately rooms, hidden passages, and family secrets. Seen through the eyes of a young woman determined to rise above her class, the story follows Ann Lovell as she journeys through the workings of an upper class household, not to find fortune, but personal fulfillmen ...more
Sep 26, 2013 LadyCalico rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Golly, what a great read. This Jane Eyre meets Rebecca written by a top-notch wordsmith grabbed my attention and didn't let go until the finish. Sure it had flaws and there was nothing here that I hadn't read before, but I was so well-written and engrossing that I didn't care. Sure, all Gothics are essentially alike, which makes them rather predictable, but loving the old Gothics is a comforting guilty pleasure left over from my youth, like pizza, potato chips, and butter pecan ice cream, but th ...more
Aug 08, 2013 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
This book might have been rated higher if not for one really, really irritating part.

I actually enjoyed this book. It had a decent story line and I liked the characters. I would have rated it a 3, because while I enjoyed it, it wasn't the best book I've ever read.

However, the author of this book decided that the characters had to have their last name added EVERY SINGLE TIME they were mentioned. I got so tired of reading that word. Seriously, there was only one Katherine and only one Benedict,
C'est le premier livre de cette auteur que j'ai eu l'occasion de lire et j'ai été agréablement surprise.
Ann, une jeune blanchisseuse, décide de postuler pour un poste de préceptrice au manoir Trevelyan, manoir qui l'a toujours fait rêver même s'il jouit d'une mauvaise réputation depuis la mort suspecte (meurtre ou suicide) de la femme de Benedict Trevelyan. Elle est tout de suite intriguée et attirée par le maître de la maison, Benedict, bien que des suspicions de meurtre pèsent sur lui.
J'ai bea
Jul 28, 2013 Nadine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautifully written love/passion story! I particulary liked the fact that the English used in the book was poetic and not the usual profanities around every corner. The story was interspersed with the intrigue of who the murderer was and that gave it more dimensions than the usual, guy meets girl and just want to get her into his bed. Maybe it is because I have an old soul, but the honour and way people did things in that time, speaks to my utterly romantic heart.
Do not understand me inco
Kyra Dunst
Apr 30, 2014 Kyra Dunst rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this romance. I think my favorite historic romances are those where the social inequity doesn't stand in the way of love. The depth of tragedy and despair that plagued the Trevelyan manor after the death of Benedict's wife is tearing apart the family. When Ann arrives hoping to fill the position of tutor for his two boys, she quickly turns the house upside down. This story deals with grief, betrayal and the consequences of love while also showing the hope and happiness love ...more
Nov 10, 2012 Jody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story takes place in San Francisco in 1873. Some references made to the gold rush and steamboats of the era. Basically it is a gothic romance/mystery. Ann Lovell is a laundress who applies for a job as governess for two boys aged 5 and 7. She falls in love with them as well as their widowed dad. The household is plagued by a suicide/possible murder which leaves Ann to question everyone's motives. It is quick paced and Ann was a likeable character, telling her story first person. I look forwa ...more
Karla Brandenburg
Jan 23, 2015 Karla Brandenburg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Well done in the gothic style, our impoverished heroine enters the house she has always admired from afar as a governess with a backbone, only to uncover a family harboring secrets. I found the story to be well done, although the hero did seem to conveniently disappear from the page "away on business." That was the only thing that jarred me. I liked the brooding hero, the heroine's plucky outlook on life and the banter with the butler. I grew up reading Victoria Holt, and this book immediately r ...more
Nov 28, 2012 Tialisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I stopped reading romance a few years back after a horrible run of overly abusive novels that I found more offensive than romantic. I started reading this while waiting for my Husband at the longest doctor's appointment, ever. I'm glad I did! The story kept me intrested the main character Ann was a strong, smart under dog that wouldn't allow herself to be abused or even talked down to by anyone. There was a great mix mystery, intrigue, passion and suspense. I would definetly read this author ag ...more
Kathleen Crowell
I would give this a 2.5. The first 1/3 was decent. the story was thoughtfully being put together. the characters seemed to fall flat for me after that. The main characters seemed not to grow as the book progressed. The supporting cast all were very extreme: the drunk, the mean mother, the troubled child, the judgemental butler, the "haunted" impaired sister a nd the vain in law. The sex scenes seemed overdone and kind of unbelievable. the book was kind of long for me but I wasn't necessarily exp ...more
Sheri Salatin
Mar 28, 2012 Sheri Salatin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Dark and gothic. Written in first person (very well done) about a young woman who applies for a job as a teacher for the "fancy mansion" on the hill. The House of Trevelyan is filled with bitterness, sadness and dark secrets. The more that Ann works to unravel the hidden secrets, the more that her life is in danger.
I will not recommend this book to anyone because of the premarital sex. However, there was no language and the story was quite intriguing.
Krista D
Jan 13, 2013 Krista D rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Very cliche. I pretty much skimmed my way through the entire book. The book did have a Gothic feel to it, but the heroine reminded me more of Fraulein Maria from the Sound of Music. Everybody just wants to be loved and love can cure all your problems.

Warning: this book contains a overly sweet five year old boy that can't pronounce the letter L. He calls the heroine Miss Wovell instead of Miss Lovell. Gack.
Jenyfer Matthews
May 25, 2012 Jenyfer Matthews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book - it reminded me very much of Rebecca in its tone and mood (which is an all-time favorite of mine). It was very well written and I loved the characters and the setting. The only reason I didn't give this book a 5 is because there were many, many punctuation errors (primarily missing punctuation) which jerked me out of the flow of the story time and again when I had to back up and figure out what was meant. Otherwise, it was a great read.
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