Silent on the Moor (Lady Julia Grey, Bk 3)
Silent on the Moor - Lady Julia Grey, Bk 3 Author:Deanna Raybourn Despite his admonitions to stay away, Lady Julia arrives in Yorkshire to find Brisbane as remote and maddeningly attractive as ever. Cloistered together, they share the moldering house with the proud but impoverished remnants of an ancient family—the sort that keeps their bloodline pure and their secrets close. Lady Allenby and her daughte... more »rs, dependent upon Brisbane and devastated by their fall in society, seem adrift on the moor winds, powerless to change their fortunes. But poison does not discriminate between classes…
A mystery unfolds from the rotten heart of Grimsgrave, one Lady Julia may have to solve alone, as Brisbane appears inextricably tangled in its heinous twists and turns. But blood will out, and before spring touches the craggy northern landscape, Lady Julia will have uncovered a Gypsy witch, a dark rider and a long-buried legacy of malevolence and evil.« less
Upon finishing this novel, the phrase that comes to mind is "thoroughly satisfying". I think that it is safe to say that I read this almost six hundred page novel in about three sittings, I just could hardly put it down. It was just that enthralling for me.
Side note: I agree with what has been said about the cover. The original cover for the first two novels was much more mysteries and intriguing to me. This cover presents itself as a romance, and this is so much more than a romance novel.
Easily this novel could stand alone, although you might feel the characters a bit more after having the background of what they have been through. Their stories are introduced well and it does not deter from this story to miss the background, so either way works. The first novel I enjoyed minus one certain part that just bugged me, not the writing, but a plot line. Anyway, the second novel was so much better than the first, so I was excited to read this one. Having already decided that I am a fan of Deanna's writing, I was expecting to enjoy this book. What I was not expecting was to absolutely love it beginning to end.
Of the three Julia Grey novels so far available, this is the best so far. Each book gets better and I cannot wait for more from Deanna Raybourn in the future.
With each twist of the plot and mysterious event to unfold I was shocked and amazed at the pieces that I missed and thrilled with the bits that I figured out myself. Julia Grey brings us through a fabulous journey with not just one big mystery, but bunches of little ones as well that kept the pages turning.
Throughout the novel, I laughed out loud, became infuriatingly angry, teared slightly, and snickered relentlessly. Within the main plot and all the side plots, I definitely feel that the entire story led up to a great overall tale and I was vastly entertained.
It is another one of those books, where I ask, why did it have to end and when can I get more?
Don't let the cover fool you. This is not primarily a romance (though there is a very tasteful romantic thread running through the book). It is really a mystery--the 3rd in the Lady Julia Grey series.
For this book, Julia follows the enigmatic Nicholas Brisbane to the moor--uninvited, I might add. She gets lots of grief for this decision from both her family and Brisbane himself.
Of course, the moor, being a mysterious place, leads to its own drama. We learn more about Brisbane's life/childhood/background as well as solving a mystery or two.
Part of the reason these books are so delightful is that the author develops BOTH plot and character, instead of one or the other. They are very mild in terms of offensive content and they are delightful to read.
I do recommend, to get the full backstory of Lady Grey and Brisbane, that you start with Silent in the Grave, which was equally as awesome as this installment. You will love them.
This book was fantastic. After reading the first two installments, I waited for this one with great anticipation. I was not disappointed. Lady Julia and Brisbane made a wonderful pairing. The mystery was intricate and satisfying and was the resolution of the very long "courtship". I cannot praise this book enough.
Silent on the Moor was the perfect book to read on a chilly afternoon with the wind howling outside, perhaps with a steaming cup of tea at hand. Deanna Raybourn knows how to keep me turning pages by revealing just enough information at the right times. She built an almost unbearable level of suspense throughout the novel; I could not read fast enough. I longed to discover at last the dark past tormenting Brisbane. I had to know if he and Julia would find happiness together or be consumed by the dark mysteries of Grimsgrave.
Raybourn has a wonderful gift for creating characters. Even minor characters (and even the pets) had their own fully realized personalities. Raybourn skillfully reveals the inner workings of each character through their actions, reactions and dialogue. The Allenbys were everything a reader could want a mysterious family in a Gothic thriller to be. None of them turned out to be what they seemed at first glance.
The novel's ending was quite satisfying, and if everything was resolved just a little too perfectly to be quite believable, I did not care. It was a delight to see things turn out so well for characters who certainly deserved it. When Raybourn returns to Julia and Brisbane's world, I will willingly follow wherever she leads, even to the ends of the earth in a white petticoat.
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This is the best Lady Julia Grey/Nicholas Brisbane book so far. The story delivered clear through to the very last page. There was no evidence of, "Let's just wrap this up."
As others have noted, this book could stand on it its own, but it would be helpful to have read the previous books. The Julia/Nicholas relationship would be hard to understand without the background of the first two books, as would Julia's family and the role of the Roma.
This is the third of the Lady Julia Grey series and it's the best one yet. Julia and her sister, Portia, go to Yorkshire to "help" Brisbane set-up his household on the estate he received. The old, falling-down house and surrounding moor hold myriad secrets. Brisbane and Julia are up to the task of keeping each other alive and discovering the wealth just below their feet.