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Setting: Sussex, England
Genre: romantic mystery
Lady Julia Grey, née March, is finally to wed Nicholas Brisbane at the family seat. However, all does not run smoothly down the aisle to wedded bliss.
This is a novella that stands between Silent on the Moor and Dark Road to Darjeeling. There are few new characters in the Lady Julia and Brisbane universe, but the established ones are consistent with previous appearances. The plot is tight and well-paced.
Ellen Archer gives a fine performance voicing these characters, never straying from the expression in previous novels.
I am so thankful that even the novella's in this wonderful series are available on Audible - and narrated by the same talented performer! This novella opens up a bit after the events of Silent on the Moor - and covers the missing elements that initially soured my satisfaction with the end of that third book in the series. I am just genuinely thrilled that I didn't have to wait to start listening! The frame of the story serves as a letter to Julia's niece to provide words of wisdom on her upcoming nuptials - this gives some genuine humour to the opening and then fills in the details of Julia's wedding where so much went wrong!
Even for a brief novella, Raybourn manages to include more drama and romance than I expected. It's nice too, to see see the familiar characters return (tying nicely back to the second book as they return to Belmont Abbey), and it just a real joy to listen to this and it serves to nicely set up the fourth volume of the series, too!