Sara Elizabeth (Lizzie) Murdock, the daughter of a dysfunctional widowed squire, finds herself a pawn in the deadly game St. James plays to lure his enemies into the open. While "her serenity washes over him [St. James] like a healing balm...," she also disrupts his life mightily.
In the Brief, Eternal Silence is a spellbinding story full of manipulation and covert activities that affect the lives of many as St. James' twenty-three year search comes to fruition.
The secondary characters, so vital to the plot, are well developed and come alive with Mrs. Melvin's superb style of writing. From the ragtag messenger boy Steven, to the incomparable grandmother, these characters illicit an emotional response from the reader in diverse ways as they play their parts in this grand drama of vengeance.
In the Brief, Eternal Silence is excellent reading as the reader sees St. James come to realization that justice encompasses doing the right thing for everyone involved, not just a means by which to assuage one's own grief. As the plot unfolds, he finds he no longer needs Lizzie to reach his original goal, but "he wants her infinitely".
This is a happy-ever-after story to be read and enjoyed more than once - a good one for the library shelf. --The Long and Short of it Romance Reviews
The Duke of St. James is on a mission--to find the culprits who murdered his parents when he was but a boy of 10 years old. Along the way, he finds that the whole matter goes a lot deeper and contains more conspiracy than he could ever imagine--and might even involve the crown. Falling in love was the very last thing he wanted to do.
Miss Elizabeth Murdock is as plain as the day is long--and she likes it that way. She doesn't like attention and prefers to blend into the background. Then the Duke of St. James comes into her life and turns it upside down.
Love creeps up on both of them--but vengeance has to be dealt with first, as now it is not only the life of the Duke that is in danger, but Miss Murdock's as well.
How can the Duke end his vengeance and get the murderers before anyone else gets killed? Or will the murderers succeed before he and Miss Murdock can find true love? Have to read to find out.
This book took me by surprise. It started out kind of slow but once it picked up I was definitely hooked. This wasn't the type of book I usually like to read but I have to say I enjoyed it immensely. This kept me reading to the end--and it was a very satisfying ending at that. -- Night Owl Romance Reviews - July 24, 2009
A triumph! The author's characters arrive in the full bloom of their distinct personalities and immediately grip the reader in fascination. Read morePublished on September 21, 2009 by Kathy Shane-brinkman
I am always reading, have been since I was 10 years old. Now some 60 years later I believe I know a not only good but excellent story when I read one and this particular book... Read morePublished on April 4, 2006 by Martha Dougherty
If you like historical fiction you will love this book. It held my interest from beginning to end. I read it in only two days. Read morePublished on March 31, 2006 by Malinda Mitchell