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Comparing Covers #15: Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

Welcome to Comparing Covers where I will showcase a book title that has multiple covers; from first editions, re-releases, and international releases.

Featuring Phyllis A. Whitney last week inspired the book I wanted to talk about today. Mistress of Mellyn was another book that got me interested in the Historical Romance/Suspense genre. There are some Gothic aspects to Victoria Holt’s stories as well. I loved this story because it kind of reminded me of Jane Eyre. That whole governess and boss thing is always fun to read. So glad that my high school had this little gem in their library.


Mistress of Mellyn was originally published in 1960. It has a few US and International covers.

My favorite of these covers is the 2006 version. Just love the colors that were chosen. It kind of gives off that certain foreboding feeling.



House of Darkness

From the moment Martha Leigh first glimpsed the cold, brooding manse high on the fog-shrouded Cornish cliffs, she felt a chill of apprehension.

Then she met her employer, the arrogant master of Mellyn, and his spoiled, headstrong daughter, Alvean, and knew why the three governesses before her had left the eerie mansion.

Slowly, almost imperceptibly, Martha began to be aware of an atmosphere of menace. There had been whispers of past horrors, warnings of violence yet to come – and now there were strange accidents. It was madness to stay one.

But Con TreMellyn’s dark charm had overpowered Martha’s natural caution. Against her will she felt irresistibly drawn to the handsome, enigmatic master of Mellyn.

Now, even as she found herself being pulled deeper and deeper into a frightening web of unseen terror, she knew she could not, would not leave…



Which cover did you vote for and why?

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Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

Oh my goodness, I read this one years and years ago! Like 30+ years ago. LOL And I’m pretty sure it was the 1960-2 cover (which is why it got my vote). I’m thinking it was my mother or grandmother’s copy which is why it was one of the older versions.

Laura Thomas

O chose 2006. I like the color contrasts.

Angie @ Ba_BAMB

My first choice was 1960-2. I just love the imagery and thoughts it conjures.

Oh, man. I remember waaaaaaaaay back in high school when my friend and I would go to the school library before school started. She was always reading a Victoria Holt book, and I was usually reading a Danielle Steel. LOL Or is it Steele?

Nadene @Totally Addicted to Reading

I chose 2008 as I believe that it ties in with the blurb perfectly.

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

I went with 2008. I like the colors on that one. Of course I haven’t read the story and therefore wasn’t choosing based on what matches it, I was choosing based on prettiness lol.

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