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by Jane Aiken Hodge

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Jane Aiken Hodge
Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; New Ed edition (1980)
256 pages
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Who Am I? Her only key to the past was the brooch she wore. And when Mark returned her interest, the stark, shuddering secrets of her past resounded through the haunted walls of Maulever Hall!

Who Am I? Her only key to the past was the brooch she wore. Marianne -the inscription echoed through her mind as she wandered across the bleak moors, clutching the tiny hand of the child at her side. But instead of comfort she found terror. With little idea of the peril and horror the relationship will bring, she was oddly attracted to the handsome owner of the manor. And when Mark returned her interest, the stark, shuddering secrets of her past resounded through the haunted walls of Maulever.

I shall wear you away with my moods and exhaust you with my tempers. Her laugh belied her words. But, look, there is poor Jim Barnes with the hangdog air of a man condemned. Your first command? My first petition, my darling. He jumped from his horse and turned to hand her down, then called to Jim Barnes who was being very busy with his back to them in a corner of the yard. You-Jim-here a moment.

Jane Aiken Hodge (December 4, 1917 – June 17, 2009) was an American-born British writer. Born near Cambridge, Massachusetts, the second child of Pulitzer prize-winning poet Conrad Aiken and his first wife, the writer Jessie McDonald. Jane Hodge was 3 years old when her family moved to Great Britain, settling in Rye, East Sussex where her younger sister, Joan, who would become a novelist and a children's writer, was born. Their parents' marriage was dissolved in 1929.

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This was my first Jane Aiken Hodge book and though it was a nice sedate book it just wasn't anything exciting to write home about. Marianne comes to after a bump on a head to discover she knows nothing of who she is and who the young boy in her charge is, the only clue to her identity is a brooch she wears. After finding herself in these dire straits she is befriended by Mrs Maulever, an eccentric woman who brings her to Maulever Hall where she becomes a companion.

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Jane Aiken Hodge was born in Massachusetts, but moved with her family to East Sussex in Britain when she was three years old. After reading English in Somerville College, Oxford, she moved to the US to undertake a second degree at Radcliffe College. Whilst she was there, she spent time as a civil servant and worked for Time Magazine before returning to the UK to focus on her career as a novelist.

Agora Books Historical Fiction, Romance. Marianne settles into life at the Hall, finding fast companionship with Mrs Mauleverer. The days pass and no hint of memory returns, but Marianne’s need for answers is growing urgent. Historical Fiction, Romance. Pub Date 17 May 2018.

  • Qag
A young woman afraid and fleeing - What? Arrives at the destination she asked for. - Where? Has a young boy with her-- Who? She can't answer since the coach overturned and she hit her head. So she walks on and ends up at Maulever Hall. Absolutely great amnesia mystery romance with plenty of twists and red herrings. Proper injured brooding hero and resourceful but confused (and gullible) heroine. Nice bits of post Napoleonic War history thrown in for flavor. Highly recommended.
  • Narder
Jane Aiken Hodge is one of my favorite authors. Her books are well written, they move right along and they add a lot of history about the Bonaparte years and about life in the past. There is always mystery and twists to the plot as there is in Maulever hall. i recommend any book she has written especially if you like a good mystery, romantic book.
  • greatest
Gothic romance about a girl who wakes up with amnesia on a coach. Doesn't know who she is or who the little boy she's traveling with is. Finds shelter at Maulever Hall with a ditzy older woman and her son. Tries to figure out who she is. Not my favorite of this authors work. Several problems. She writes the heroine as a strong capable person but then repeatedly has her act in a gullible way. Alludes to drug use by the older woman which is never really resolved. The local minister at first doesn't like the heroine and refuses to help her then later inexplicably decides her wants to marry her. Try some of the authors better works like "Greek Wedding" or "Marry in Haste".
  • Whitemaster
I truly enjoyed this book. I fell in love with Jane Aiken Hodge when I was a teen-ager. Now, I have been searching for her books and have truly enjoyed reading them all. I was waiting with bated breath to get to the end of this book.
  • Blackbrand
I like books about people who have amnesia.I was sure she had made a bad decision when she fled from Maulever Hall. I liked the ending.
  • Lanin
Maulever Hall was a fun read if only to compare how historical romances have changed since it was originally written in the 1970s. Back then, you didn't need sex to sell, the heroine didn't have to constantly show how anachronistically 'strong' she was, and the writing had to be solid. But the story had to be suitably gothic, the heroine feminine and sweet, and the male lead macho and manly in ways that are very dated in the modern day. While I have fond memories of many old 1970s historical romances, this is not one of them. There's too much "TSTL" (Too Stupid To Live) choices made by the heroine and the plot is so ridiculous as to be risible.

Story: Marianne awakes after a nasty bump on her head to realize she has no idea who she is and why she is traveling with a young child. She knows she doesn't like the boy and doesn't have much of a connection to him. But she is sure she is escaping someone/some bad situation. Left with only an idea of her final destination, Marianne is befriended by the lady of the Maulever Hall and kept on as a companion to the quirky old lady. When the lady's son returns, everything will change. Marianne's past is catching up and even as she falls for the handsome aristocrat Mauleverer, she begins to realize that she had better remember soon because she is in real danger.

The whole amnesia thing has been done ad nauseum - even back in the 1970s! But the series of circumstances that will see several people take care of Marianne and the child is honestly ridiculous. I kept shaking my head in disbelief at the wafer-thin and very deus ex machina plot twists and turns. You're not going to believe any of this so you need to turn off your logic to enjoy Maulever Hall.

In addition to the improbable series of situations, Marianne herself is hard to like (as are all the characters). She's traveling with a child but quickly dumps him off on a cook with a mean streak - and then promptly forgets him for most of the book. She then spends the rest of the book letting others take care of her - all because she's unique or distinct and therefore companionable. I had a hard time with the 'everyone falls in love with her' syndrome that permeated this story.

The male lead, Mauleverer, was very 1970s - back then they called it an MCP - Male Chauvenistic Pig. These days, we would call it alpha male. His character was badly underdeveloped and not very interesting. Certainly, I never understood what Marianne saw in him (or him in her, if I'm going to be honest). Other characters, such as Mauleverer's mother and the Duchess, were also incredibly improbable. But they fared better than most of the side characters, most of which would be in a scene, name checked, and then disappear.

So although Maulever was a good book in the 1970s, now it feels oddly dated and underwhelming. The gothic elements were over the top and the plot a generic historical romance. Characters were uninteresting and a bit too archetypal for the era in which it was written. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.
  • Nafyn
I have long thought that the quality of romance novels has been going down over the last decade or so. But re-reading this title published in 1963 from an author I used to love, I realize that—with a few notable exceptions aside—romance novels have always been pretty bad. This story, lacking both characterization and plausibility, is a tedious exercise in plot stretching. The afflicted heroine meets the scarred hero, and absent real conflict, the author consumes gallons of ink contriving enough misunderstandings to keep them apart for 250 pages. She throws in every trope imaginable—amnesia, abduction, drug addiction, cholera, mistaken identity, even a plot moppet—to make it work. She even lifts (to put it kindly) Mr. Collins’ proposal scene from “Pride and Prejudice” for comic relief: (”Dear madam, do not go. Mr. Emsworth can have nothing to say to me that I would not much rather hear in your company”…“Young ladies, I know, make a practice of saying ’No’ the first time”…”you shall not suffer for dubiety of your antecedents, nor yet for your lack of dower”) Alas, not even plundering Jane Austen can save this novel. It meanders from one improbable situation to the next until the romance reaches its drawn-out conclusion. Between the hero’s episodes of sub-psychotic rage and the heroine’s forays into too-stupid-to-live territory, I was ready for their story to be over long before it was. To add insult to injury, the digital conversion of this novel is dreadful. Punctuation and spelling errors abound (“Marianne could not keep silent no longer” was my favorite). I’m very glad that I merely wasted my monthly Kindle Lending Library choice on this dreck rather than my money.