Mistress of Mellyn Kirkland Revels Author:Victoria Holt MISTRESS OF MELLYN: — as the train carried Martha Leigh-heroine of Mistress of Mellyn-through the wooded hills of Devon, she could not help feeling a deep sense of foreboding. Becoming a governess was the prescribed formula for a Victorian girl alone in the world, but Martha was a high-spirited, attractive young woman who hated the very idea of ... more »it.
Her anxiety grew when she first saw the dark, brooding mansion set high on the Cornish cliffs, and when she met her handsome, arrogant employer Connan TreMellyn and his resentful young daughter Alvean. Martha tried to ignore the servants' whispered hints of eerie accidents, infidelity and death...that Connan's wife Alice had perished in a train wreck while eloping with another man...that Alice's unhappy ghost still haunted the halls of Mellyn...that Connan planned to marry the beautiful Lady Trelyn as soon as her elderly husband died.
It was only her growing love for the troubled Alvean-and an unwilling attraction to the master of Mellyn-that quickened Martha's resolve to stay on, a determination that was suddenly to put her own life in mortal danger.
The magnificent manor house on the Yorkshire moors, the ancestral home of the Rockwell family, was called Kirkland Revels. Built from the stones of a nearby medieval monastery, it had once been a joyful place, but more than one violent death now shadowed its past.
Cathy Corder, 19 years old and strikingly pretty, came to Kirkland Revels at the turn of the century as the bride fo Gabriel Rockwell, heir to the estate. She had not met any members of her husband's family, and was unprepared for the tragedy that struck two weeks after her arrival, when Gabriel fell to his death from the balcony of their bedroom! Although the verdict at the inquest was "suicide", Cathy was certain her husband had been murdered!
Only one thing now held her to Kirkland Revels-she was expecting Gabriel's child, the future heir. But it soon became evident that someone wanted her and the baby out of the way-someone who, ingeniously and with fiendish cruelty, was trying to drive her insane.« less