The plot is similar to others in that it is an accessible mixture of the everyday and the tragic, but it is the witty, dry and sometimes saucy writing which just draws you in as a reader and keeps you reading on. Loved it, and it just reminded me how much I have enjoyed this series. I really liked it. Sep 30, Lady Wesley rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery-with-a-touch-of-romance.
All members of the eccentric family of Earl March have gathered at Bellmont Abbey to perform the Twelfth Night Revels for their sleepy English village. Julia and Brisbane are busy, however, tracking down the origins of an abandoned infant found on the premises.
I was surprised and delighted by this well-plotted installment in the Lady Julia series. I suspect, though, that it helps a great deal to have read the preceding five full-length novels. May 28, Rebecca rated it really liked it Shelves: reads , historical , men-i-love , mystery , favorites , favorite-series , favorite-authors , girl-crush , made-me-smile , good-guys-are-best. If you are a fan of the series, this is a must read!
I love this cast of characters immensely. I laughed countless times and was left feeling completely satisfied. I hope Raybourn is not done with this series, but this would be a perfect ending if she is. Apr 28, Sophia rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-mystery-suspense , net-galley-reads. I love husband and wife detective teams particularly those set in historical times. Quite addicted really! This short novella is from one of my all-time favorite series, Lady Jane Grey, in which married pair Brisbane and Julia work their way through many a dark, gritty story.
This particular installment in the series however, is of the lighter variety. Like other books in the series, this one needs to be read in order as many aspects of the storyline and the characters are ongoing in their devel I love husband and wife detective teams particularly those set in historical times. Like other books in the series, this one needs to be read in order as many aspects of the storyline and the characters are ongoing in their development. In fact, the novella refers back to four previous storylines and the reader would probably feel off kilter several times when references are made.
It is a short piece and it takes place at the tail end of the holiday season just as the title suggests.
The events are a continuation of the previous novella, Silent Night. Julia and Brisbane have spent the holidays at the Abbey with her huge eccentric family gathering for the Twelfth Night Revels play and celebration that take place every decade at the family seat performed by the March family for the people from the surrounding area. Dropped into the preparations are two mysteries to tantalize the detecting couple.
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First, a newborn baby is found out in the stable and then a ghost is spotted near an old empty cottage on the edge of the cemetery. With the help of a precocious niece, the mysteries are solved, but the answers will lead to a profound change for Brisbane and Julia. Food poisoning, scandalous guests, mysterious newborn baby, a ghost, unique pets, hints at future twists, and just the fun of the holidays when the March family gathers are enough to leave me very pleased with this short piece.
I am always eager for scenes with Brisbane and Julia together and I was not disappointed. Married life has not altered their need for each other or to track down the answers to a mystery and for this I am glad. Julia's family gathering was another huge plus and I was particularly happy to get to know her niece and nephew who have a penchant toward mysteries too. The length of the story pushes it to set up the mystery and solve it quickly, but I was pleased that it never felt rushed.
As I noted above, there were many other events and characters developed further and deeper. It was an all around satisfying read that fans of the series will definitely enjoy, but also gather some great tidbits about the future direction of the story for Brisbane and Julia. My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review thoughts.
Jun 28, Andrea Guy rated it it was amazing Shelves: series , favorite-authors , victorian , ebook , netgalley. It keeps the story moving while we wait for the next full length novel to arrive, and really they can't get here fast enough. I love Lady Julia. She's always been a strong heroine, however this story isn't really about Lady Julia being strong. Its a holiday-ish novel, with her family doing the Twelfth Night Revels. But there is a baby that's found, and the possibility of some ghosts and witches, this short story moves along at a rather fast pace.
I loved the kids in this story, especially Perditia, who even Brisbane noted, was much like a young Julia.
The mystery of the baby and witch will leave you with a few tears, though nothing is totally certain about the mother's whereabouts when the story ends. It definitely keeps the storyline going and brings new changes for this sleuthing couple. It was a light, fun read with some of my favorite characters. Apr 27, Wendy rated it it was amazing Shelves: jun Twelfth Night, by Deanna Raybourn, gives us a tidbit of what is now happening in the lives of Lady Julia and her husband, Brisbane. To celebrate the passing of another decade, the admired and often eccentric March family have gathered together to perform the Twelfth Night Revels for their rather dull English village.
Before Lady Julia and Brisbane can perform their attention is drawn elsewhere when a newborn baby is found abandoned in the stable and a ghost shows itself near an old cottage on t Twelfth Night, by Deanna Raybourn, gives us a tidbit of what is now happening in the lives of Lady Julia and her husband, Brisbane. Before Lady Julia and Brisbane can perform their attention is drawn elsewhere when a newborn baby is found abandoned in the stable and a ghost shows itself near an old cottage on the edge of the cemetery.
The best part of this novella was being able to, once again, visit with all of the characters I have become quite attached to. The mysteries are solved and this was a wonderful addition to the Lady Julia Grey series.
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Jun 05, Linniegayl rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery-historical. This novella definitely has a lighter tone than many of the early books in the series. But I thoroughly enjoyed it. There are so many major changes that occur in this short book, I can't wait to see what the future holds.
When I originally wrote the above statement I had no idea the series was ending. I think this novella is my favorite of the novellas. Among many things, I really love the character of Lady Julia's little niece Perdita, and wish the series had continued to see how Perdita turned This novella definitely has a lighter tone than many of the early books in the series. Among many things, I really love the character of Lady Julia's little niece Perdita, and wish the series had continued to see how Perdita turned out as an adult.
Apr 26, Mary rated it liked it Shelves: historical-mystery , historical-fiction , england , read An anachronistic, but charming little novella. Not much meat for mystery readers and overall, fairly predictable, but I still liked it. I'm pleased that the author took her characters in a different direction than she'd led us to believe at the close of The Dark Enquiry.
It appears that the author plans to continue the series, so it will be fun to see what she does next. May 24, Melanie rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-mystery , victorian-mystery-romance , historical-fiction , victorian.
A Bride for Christmas (Regency Novella)
This is a fun novella that brings together all the quirky members of the March family - with a little mystery on the side. May 19, Lynn Horton rated it it was ok. I've rated the previous installments in this book at three or four stars, and liked them well enough to purchase the Kindle package from Amazon. That's where things started to unravel for me. Amazon didn't make it clear that the ensuing books were novellas. I wouldn't have purchased the package had I known. It's as if the author and publisher doesn't want to go to the trouble of creating an entire story, so they produce a short story.
A novella that occupies me for an hour or I've rated the previous installments in this book at three or four stars, and liked them well enough to purchase the Kindle package from Amazon. A novella that occupies me for an hour or so just isn't fulfilling. Also, it's danged-near impossible to develop characters or nuanced pacing in a novella.