Reviews for Or Forever Hold Her Peace
theMatthewReview chapter 1 . 1/19/2014
You have once again worked alchemy with brave Mary, patient Matthew, and a sweet little bird. Mary was so strong, so right about everything except her true love's constancy. Characterisations spot on.
Rae Smith Cobleigh chapter 1 . 8/23/2013
Nice! There aren't enough stories about Mary saving herself. I liked the thrush imagery and the way that Matthew subtly acknowledged her equality and independence when he offered his hand. :)
asdfhgjdksaotheu chapter 1 . 2/3/2013
I love how you show her strength, and how she saved herself. Well written.
Heath and Ashes chapter 1 . 12/19/2012
That was so well written. I loved the strength Mary showed and how open she was to her new life. Brilliant.
xKrysx chapter 1 . 8/19/2012
:'( And this is what should have occurred in the first place!
GenuineRisk chapter 1 . 6/18/2012
Loved this one! :)
luluathome chapter 1 . 3/7/2012
Wonderful. I liked this line...It had not given up after all. It had merely been awaiting a new opportunity.
faeyero chapter 1 . 2/20/2012
So. Much. Love. 3
d for delete me chapter 1 . 2/4/2012
This was actually really nice. I like how it was about Mary- nobody saved her this time, she did it herself. And the ending was perfect, because Matthew sees that too. And he wants to walk HER back to the house, wants to be in HER company, because like you said, she's admirable for what she just did. Lovely and utterly different for once.
jmar chapter 1 . 1/17/2012
Quite nice! I like Mary; I think her character is so very strong. We're maybe not meant to like her, but as we grow to understand how she's come to where she is in life, we see that she's quite complicated, not really mean, just putting up a good defense with a good offense (to use American football terms...gasp!). I like her strength - imagine her at Grannie's age! Thanks for a good story.
elenion.ancalima chapter 1 . 12/20/2011
I absolutely adore this story. From beginning to end it was absolutely perfect. I wish it would happen just like this in the Christmas special, alas I am sure we will not be so lucky :(

Anyway, I really hope you write more Downton Abbey soon.
Deweynumbers chapter 1 . 12/13/2011
What a great touch to have a captive bird finally giving Mary the courage to break free. I could imagine her leaving everything to the last minute and the atmosphere of dread leading up to her seeing the bird is very well drawn. Matthew and Mary hand in hand, walking towards their future, is a picture I would love to see.
lifeandtimesofabrokensoul chapter 1 . 11/15/2011
I absolutely adore the ending to this, so romantic without being cheesy. I love the thought of a Ms. Independent Mary. Hopefully she gets a bit more empowered in season 3.

Excellent form for a short story as well. I'm now going to hunt down everything else you've written :)
Ju-dou chapter 1 . 11/10/2011
Oh this has to happen, it just has to! That was fabulously written, the pace and description in the story was brilliant. I loved all the little touches, the thrush, Matthew's face in the congregation, Mary making a decision and how it made her feel. This is so superb, very well done!
Maidenjedi chapter 1 . 11/9/2011
If the wedding must take place, I wish very much that it ends just this way. Excellent!
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