The following book review was written by Bobbi King:
The Marriage Certificate. By Stephen Molyneux. Published by Sites to Suit Limited 2013. 294 pages.
I think I’m missing the boat. I’ve had my head buried in non-fiction western literature for so long that I’ve been oblivious to the fiction genealogy novels out there.
Here is a fiction genealogy story that has come my way. And it’s a pleasurable read. The story begins:
Peter spotted the marriage certificate. It was mounted in a clear plastic sleeve just above eye-level and was attached to a blue felt panel….Essex, 1900, he noted, a bachelor and a spinster. It just seemed so sad that something like that should be displayed and offered for sale at five pounds. Placing a monetary value on it seemed inappropriate.
Surely, there were family descendants out there, possibly even living children, but more probably grandchildren who ought to have it? How had something so personal come to be offered along with the bric-a-brac of life on a board in an antiques centre?
Peter Sefton buys the marriage certificate.
The narrative alternates between Peter’s current-day activities and the events surrounding the marriage certificate’s cast of characters. The historic story is set in early 1900s England, while Peter’s time spent researching the case takes us along the genealogical path with which we are familiar. As Peter unravels the saga, he notices he has competition, and with his reputation and unclaimed estate money at stake, the story takes on another layer of mystery.
The story moves along nicely, although at the beginning of some chapters I had to stop and figure out which time period I was in. A minor fault.
This is an enjoyable and satisfying read.
The Marriage Certificate by Stephen Molyneux is available both in paperback and as a Kindle ebook from Amazon at http://goo.gl/XqyKPy.