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Terrible, intriguing, entwined events from years past rule Dante Larrimer, the Duke of St. James. He walks with the dead as he mingles with the meanest of society while seeking VENGEANCE.

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

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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

About the Author

Rebecca Melvin grew up in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, the daughter of an author. As an alcoholic remembers their first drink, she remembers reading her first book. By the age of eighteen, she was writing her own stories. But it wasn't until her fourth manuscript that she felt she had something publishable. In addition to her writing, she is married with four children and runs a business in her spare time. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Double Edge Press (November 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977445216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977445219
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,417,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Steigerwalt on November 15, 2009
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I stumbled upon this book via Amazon's suggestions, and was won over by its five five-star reviews-- a fact which I now *deeply* regret.

In the Brief Eternal Silence has an okay plot (the Duke of St. James has sworn a life of vengeance upon whoever killed his parents when he was a child, and said quest has, though done in secret, given him the reputation of rakehell. While interested in a horse, he meets plain, brown Lizzie Murdock and decides that marrying her will be the best way to draw his enemies out. She, of course, has more gumption than he bargained for.) However, the mystery is easily solved (I figured out who the killer was as soon as that character was introduced) and the characters are caricatures. (For example, Lizzie suffers from what I call the "Bella Swann" syndrome in that she's a spinster (at 20) whom everyone finds plain, until suddenly she shows up in London and men are left-and-right trying to protect her, and marry her and at least dance with her at Almack's.)

But as anyone who reads historical romance novels knows, it's not necessarily the plot which holds a reader's interest-- a mediocre plot can be overcome by attention to historical accuracy and, most importantly, the chemistry between the main characters. Unfortunately, Ms Melvin's novel is woefully lacking in both. While she has clearly done some research, she lapses on such things as appropriate titles/inheritance and customs of mourning. Far more importantly, she shows no spark between the romantic couple-- she tells us it's there, but it's never palpable to the reader.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Auntiboo on January 12, 2012
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I did enjoy the plot of this book and I liked the characters. It was refreshing that Dante was of average height and fair skinned as opposed to the bronze giants I read of in most novels. Though I dearly love those too.

However I had trouble with how the book was written. It seemed to me there were lots of punctuation and gramatical errors. I found myself having to reread sentences two or three times to actually catch the meaning. And then there were the numerous asides and explanations. Often these came during dialog and by the time I had read the two-three paragraphs or worse the two page description of thought etc, I had to skip back so I remembered what was being said. I got so bored with these numerous interuptions I finally had to just skip over them.

I think this book would definitly be better and smoother if it was re edited to correct the errors and delete so much of the unneeded ramblings. Granted it would be a shorter book but one tighter and more enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Bothwell on June 30, 2014
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I really enjoyed this book! I loved the slow romance build between the H and h: they were perfect for each other, but it sure took a while for them to figure it. The H is definitely broken, and I loved how the h accepted him and they complemented each other. My only dislike was some of the language. I bought it on my Kindle and there's no way to "redact" the deal breaker (for me, anyway) swears (G-d) which were pretty frequent. I'm going to buy the hard copy - it's that good!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ladybug on March 25, 2012
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I've read "In the Brief Eternal Silence" three times. Each time I find something more to admire about St James and Lizzie. I love that they are not perfect...he is short, she is plain, but through eyes of love, they look perfect to each other. The secondary characters add a lot of depth to the story, which is woven in a believable manner. Great cover picture. No graphic sex and the language is good. A few editing flaws but I can read past them. This will stay in my library and I will read it again.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tall Timbers on September 29, 2009
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A good book, while you're reading it, is like a best friend. This one did not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed the several days of toting this book around with me and reading it whenever I had a few minutes, and of taking it to bed with me and reading until I could no longer keep my eyes open. I've read many hundreds of historical fiction works, and "In the Brief Eternal Silence", by Rebecca Melvin ranks high among them. It takes very few pages for the reader to become engrossed with the lives of the main characters, then you dare not put the book down because you just can't stop reading the thrilling account as the story unwinds. I do hope that Ms. Melvin continues to write. I would like to see this book become book one of a series.
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