Free eBook Silent on the Moor By Deanna Raybourn –

What is with the new cover This series is so muchthan romance In fact, what drew me to this series was the independent spirit of the heroine, Lady Juliathink Austen meets Mary Russell the Laurie King books I will keep reading because I m already hooked, but I must wonder whether I would have picked up this series with this current designI know we shouldn t judge books by their cover, but this one makes me think it is a traditional bodice ripper which I completely detest I am looking forward to reading this latest installment, but I may have to remove the cover when it arrives from . In Grimsgrave Hall, Enigmatic Nicholas Brisbane Has Inherited A Ruined Estate, Replete With Uncanny Tenants And One Unwanted Houseguest Lady Julia Grey 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 Daughters, 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 Deanna Raybourn Spins A Gripping Tale Of Loyalty And Lust, Set Against The Wild Beauty Of The Yorkshire Moors The third book in the Lady Julia series was a littlegothic than her previous two stories I thought it worked well, though I felt creeped out the entire time I was reading this book Deanna Raybourn is such a wonderful storyteller I m amazed with every book I read by her I ve been to so many different and unique places just by stepping into her stories and imagination This time I was in the desolate, wild moors of England She s so vivid with all the surroundings and even with the characters..I just absolutely love reading DR s tales Alas, the mystery was decent and I m happy to see some conclusion in Brisbane Julia s relationship I simply cannot wait to read the rest of the series, although, because I know there s only a couple left, plus novellas, I m pacing myself. It s difficult for me to describe exactly how excited I was for this book to come out Silent on the Moor was easily at the top of my most anxiously awaited books of 2009 I discovered Deanna Raybourn last year and, after blowing through the first two Julia Grey novels, have spent the last six months in that special agony reserved for the lovers of sequels Fortunately a copy popped up at a local ish bookstore and I was saved from suffering through the last two weeks til its March 1st publication date The third installment opens with Julia s big brother Bellmont trying to talk her out of haring off to Yorkshire after Brisbane when he has made it clear, in no uncertain terms, that he does not want her anywhere near the place Julia, of course, doesn t care a fig for Monty s scandalized pride and makes her way with all haste and several good intentions to the moors Unfortunately, Brisbane s new home, Grimsgrave, is even creepier anddecrepit than he led Portia to believe in his letter The whole place reeks of Miss Havisham s manor and, after meeting the current occupants, Julia soon realizes something is seriously amiss in this house where madness and murder walk hand in hand Not only does she face the task of convincing Brisbane of a few increasingly important things, but Julia also finds herself uncovering hidden corpses, accepting charms from Gypsy witches, and thwarting a particularly vicious murder attempt Reading Silent on the Moor was an exercise in conflicting emotions I wanted to blow right through it to the end in one sitting and I simultaneously wanted each page to last longer than it possibly could so that I could savor being back with these two characters I have come to love I had some pretty high hopes for this one The third book in a series such as this comes with a rather hefty share of promise resting squarely on its shoulders and can really make or a break the series as a whole, in my opinion This one truly made it Every hope I had was fulfilled and I found myself turning back to reread favorite passages before I was even a third of the way through the book This practice was repeated at regular intervals for the duration truly the mark of an excellent read around these parts If you like literary mysteries and haven t come across this series before, for the love of all that is holy, go get them now I am immoderately fond of them. HAPPY DANCE This one is my favorite in the series so farfor SO many reasons.1 Although I have never been to the Moors, I FEEL as though I have, thanks to the Bronte sisters, so everything surrounding this locale is always magically enhanced to me and usually depressing.2 Julia grabs the bull by the horns and goes after the Brisbane That s what I m talking about 3 Portia is in itend of.The story wasn t very novel or surprising I felt annoyed that the main characters didn t seem to consider the most obvious thing staring them in the facebut its the character interactions that makes these novels for me Everyone is coming around to Julia s new strong willed nature which I find so delightful.My next complaint makes me feel like a sex crazed personbut the romance is all fade to black I mean COME ON This series is obviously geared to adults with all the subject matterits VERY adultbut constant FADING TO BLACKeven the kissing isn t described Why have we been flirting for 3 books will continue with the series, because I am emotionally invested at this point. Since I barely got beyond two chapters, I don t think it d be fair to rate it and thus I won t But can I stomachof Julia essentially throwing herself at Brisbane when he has made it quite clear repeatedly that he doesn t want to see her, doesn t want her around and she is most definitely unwelcome at his house No If it was Brisbane stalking Julia s every step and refusing to accept no for an answer, I suspect we d find the behavior faroff putting Even with that issue aside, I find it difficult to continue supporting an heroine who was willing to cast aside all her self esteem and propriety to chase a man who didn t want her And not only did Brisbane not want to marry her, he was being a complete jackass to her I quite agreed with her brother and father s lecture to Julia I only wish she had listened and behaved like the 30 year old widow she is rather than acting like a willful teenager Brisbane s I don t want you denial schtick is tiresome and if Julia had an iota of sense, she would ve realized that a man who was still insisting on behaving like a douche and cutting contact TWICE after getting hot and heavy with her is not worth throwing away her self respect for Besides, this is supposedly Victorian England and her father s an earl why Brisbane hasn t yet been compelled to make her an offer of marriage after the way they ve been carrying on is beyond me.After that kind of opening to the book, I am quite pleased that I even managed to suppress the urge to lob the heavy tome across the room. What the heck I want to say something else, but I m trying to contain myself This installment was my least favorite so far, and really for one main reason Brisbane He pushed Julia away for the most ridiculously stupid reason throughout the entire book view spoiler He simply refused to marry a woman with money which he had mentioned before, but honestlywould someone really give up the love of their life for that stupid of a reason hide spoiler The mystery in this one is really pathetic I guessed it all correctly from the get go I was hoping that it would change into something far less obvious, but it didn t So sad This book definitely felt like a placeholder Or, relationship filler Once again, I have issues with how Julia is portrayed Here, she s just so desperate I don t know how else to view her stalking of Brisbane Seriously It s stalking So, a dude tells you he doesn t want anything to do with you He ignores you for months Showing up at his house with a packed bag is not ok There s only one way that ends Fine There might be two ways that ends restraining order or a bunny boiling on the stovetop I did enjoy the setting and the bleakness of the entire story It was nice to have a darker story I really hope that Brisbane doesn t completely change and become a cuddly bear for the rest of the series. I picked this edition because the cover on the other one looks like a reprehensible prom dress Love this book, wraps things up very well, quite interesting torment Although I could see the ending coming, the characters are so good that the trip was worth it Less of a mystery than the last two installments, very evocative of Wuthering Heights or Rebecca Still Loved it, hope the series continues I had to order this book through interlibrary loan, but I am glad that I did I read all 465 pages in one day I really didn t want to set the book down Raybourn writes a really good Gothic murder mystery romance Lady Julia Grey is part of that movement that I sense in fiction right now to feminize the story of Victorian times The role of women was definitely undergoing change during this time period, what with Margaret Sanger s championing of women s rights and birth control, plus the Rational Dress and the women s suffrage movements Upper class women s desires to be able to move, to not be subject to restrictive social s, and to control their own bodies What must it have been like to have all your choices subject to parents or brothers Julia is a very sympathetic character to the modern female reader We identify with her desire to pursue what she wants Brisbane without having to answer to her stuffy eldest brother She is fortunate to have a father who is willing to aid and abet I was also glad to see that Raybourn spreads the restrictions around, writing Julia s brother Valerius as a frustrated medical doctor Gentlemen aren t allowed to practice trade, preventing Valerius from becoming what he is meant to be and showing that even men were hemmed in by the social contract of the time.I m disappointed that I will once again have to specially request the next volume of this series through interlibrary loan Plus, I am unsure where Raybourn will be able to take it after the conclusion of this installment, but I am willing to give it a try.