Yes people, I am reading yet another Deanna Raybourn book. Sometimes it just so happens that I find a great series and fall in love with the characters and simply must binge read all the books in the series!
Which is exactly what’s happened here….I’ve fallen in love with Lady Julia and I think this is my favorite in the series so far!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Wuthering Heights and anything set on ‘the moors’ so based on this book’s title, I knew I was going to love this one!
In this book, Lady Julia has decided once and for all to put a label on her relationship with her sort of partner, Nicholas Brisbane.
Throughout the previous books, there has been an electric relationship forming between the two and though they have a basic understanding, neither of them are ready to make any kind of grande gesture or define their relationship.
However Brisbane has just inherited an estate in Yorkshire and has written to Julia’s sister Portia about helping him put his household in order but leaves specific directions to NOT allow Lady Julia to come with her to his estate.
But that of course doesn’t stop Lady Julia and they embark on the long journey to Yorkshire. On the way there Portia reveals that Brisbane has written and forbidden them to come. Portia and Julia ignore his pleas and go there anyway.
When they arrive they are clearly NOT welcome and NOT the only ladies in residence. Brisbane tries to put them on the first train back to London but it’s clear that he needs Julia and wants her to be there regardless if he’s saying it or not. So Julia and Portia decide to stay and sort out what is amiss at the manor house.
It’s very clear that some sort of tragedy has befallen the previous family. They once boasted of royal blood and riches beyond measure, now the house is falling apart (literally crumbling) and the family fortune is gone and the women reduced to rags. When Julia makes a grizzly discovery, it’s clear the recently deceased owner of the estate, was into some pretty sinister things…..but was it murder or simply an experiment gone wrong? Can Lady Julia solve the case and will her and Brisbane finally reconcile their feelings for one another or go their separate ways?
This book was wonderfully atmospheric! There is even a nod to Wuthering Heights and the Brontes. If you love Gothic lit and a tormented, brooding hero, unrequited love, mystery, a family fallen from grace, a crumbling estate, a dark family secret, and a ‘mad woman in the attic’ all set on the moors of north England…..then look no further because you will love this book!
Though the mystery was a little show starting and I longed for more of a murder mystery, this book had everything that I love and was craving in a late summer read! I love the tension between Brisbane and Julia…..it’s evident that they care for each other but their circumstances seem to always be in the way of their relationship. The setting on the moors just enhanced the already intense relationship between the two. I loved it! It worked so perfectly!
The only thing I hope if that Raybourn can continue this same caliber of writing and romantic tension into the next couple of books. Sometimes I’ve noticed that in some series, once the relationship is consummated or close to it, the romantic storylines tend to start wanting, however I am perfectly content to read the next Lady Julia installment regardless if her and Brisbane put a more permanent label on their relationship!
Kindle Edition, 465 pagesPublished 2009 by Mira Books
- Review copy provided by: Personal collection
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Recommendation: 4.5 out of 5
Genre: historical fiction, Victorian lit, mystery, gaslight fiction, detective novel
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