Reviews for In the Company of Strangers
trontroy chapter 7 . 9/27/2017
I really loved this chapter and I can understand how difficult it was for Mary to move on and lend out Matthew's old clothing. I loved how you beautifully you described her feelings as well as Blake's steady character. I used to only read Matthew/Mary pairings only but because of your story, I am now more inclined to read about Mary with Charles Blake. Thank you!
Cherubby chapter 33 . 8/6/2016
I just read this entire story in 2 days, and I must say that it is absolutely EXQUISITE. I was looking for a well-written Fan Fic of Mary and, well, someone besides Mathew (I do like Mathew and all, but stories not focusing on him and Mary as a couple are hard to come by unfortunately), and I am so elated that I chose to read your masterpiece!
You are an amazing writer, and you captured the Downton characters fabulously. Your writing is witty, emotional, unpredictable, and captivating.
Plus, I think you did a great job on writing the intimate scenes between Mary and Charles. I admit that I am a fan of steamy writing, and you did a great job of making it wonderfully hot , touching, and believable.
I cannot wait to read the sequel ASAP as I'm sure it will be just as amazing, if not better (is that possible?).
Thank you so much for sharing your captivating story, and know that you are a gifted writer! 3
Lady Eleanor Boleyn chapter 10 . 3/29/2016
I cannot breathe for laughter! I adored this chapter, especially the chaos and Mary and Cora's respective reactions...
Lady Eleanor Boleyn chapter 5 . 3/29/2016
Cracking up at this! I love your dialogue and descriptions, they're so sharp and witty!
Bonny Annie Laurie chapter 6 . 9/14/2015
I enjoy this story so much...reading for the 2nd time now. This time when I read your reference to Elizabeth I in this chapter, I realized that she wasn't called "Elizabeth I" until 1952. Even Elizabeth II's mother did not become Queen Elizabeth (wife of King George VI of "The King's Speech") until 1936. So in the year of this story, "Queen Elizabeth" would be the way to identify the queen from the 16th century. Thanks for writing! I do hope you'll write a new story about Charles and Mary sometime.
Guest chapter 33 . 12/28/2014
Re read. Still in love. Want more. You are the best
sh3lockHolmes89 chapter 33 . 10/27/2014
Such a lovely story. :)
The Auburn Girl chapter 33 . 7/7/2014
This was a fantastic read! You got every character down perfectly-so much so that I could clearly picture each character speaking and hear their voices in my head. Wonderful job :D
Eolivet chapter 33 . 6/22/2014
When I realized I hadn't reviewed this, I had to rectify that error. Not only because it's a great story, but because of what I believe it represents to the fandom. The fact that you had the courage to start this at a time when M/M fandom was still grieving, and most any other ship was frowned upon. How you made Charles Blake such a dynamic character that you essentially helped create and grow an entirely new shipper fandom. :) To me, this fic was a balm - an assurance that Mary (and thus, we as fans) could learn to love again, and as the show said, have a life again. Your writing, your enthusiasm did that, and for that, you should be commended. From a former M/M fan, from a Downton Abbey fan, from a Mary fan...bravo! :D
antipholusluciana chapter 33 . 3/15/2014
Your writing is so lovely... I finished the whole fic in a matter of a weekend... wonderful storytelling, so true to the canon storylines, and beautiful character portraits.

I was particularly excited to learn that Julian Ovenden was to be on Downton Abbey. He does a truly admirable, subtle acting job on Foyle's War, but plays a character who's a bit full of himself. I had long hoped to see him in a larger part than the one he has in The Forsyte Saga, yet equally consistently likeable. So far Charles Blake has fit the bill, and I certainly find myself rooting for him if Mary is to choose between her three current suitors!
antipholusluciana chapter 4 . 3/7/2014
How beautifully natural and believable Mary's confused progress is in this chapter. And I adore the last line.
antipholusluciana chapter 2 . 3/7/2014
This is so wonderfully in character. I'm greatly enjoying your wonderful painting of the scenes and dialogue.
Quills and Inkwells chapter 33 . 2/27/2014
So after the recent end of Season 4 for us Americans, I came to the conclusion that I shipped Mary and Charles. This was a hard thing for the die-hard Matthew and Mary shipper within me to accept, but after much deliberation I conceded and promptly moved along to find Mary/Charles fanfics.

This was the...second or third story I have read with them, and the first multi-chapter. It is fabulous. Like... I can't even express how amazing I think this story is. Even though to is not canon!Blake and Mary together, it is still utterly perfect. Just the little details you've included, and all of it is fabulous.

I cannot wait to read the sequel!
viscountessmary chapter 33 . 2/9/2014
As I sit here and write this, I still have trouble believing this story is over. Granted, there's a sequel, but at the same time it's hard to accept that the first instalment of the saga has met its end. Over the months, you've crafted an incredible tale with the master ability to remain faithful to Julian Fellowes' character and, at the same time, add your brilliance to it. Your story is not only extremely believable, it's also captivating and beautiful. There's an honesty behind your every word that's more than a little touching. Strangers started as an AU to Julian Fellowes' creation, but now it's entirely a creation of Laura, and I say this in the best way possible. Your Charles feels like someone I've known for years, and I can picture him perfectly in mind, as I can Mary falling in love with this charming man. And as I read every paragraph you write, it feels like I'm sitting on my couch on a Sunday evening watching an episode of Downton Abbey and I often find myself rooting for their happiness, crying over their ghosts and antecipating what's next. I love your characters just as much as I love those we've known from the beginning.
Ok, I'm getting a little emotional, so I'll be quick... This last chapter was a perfect closure to your story, it's honest, it's sexy and it remains faithful to their journey towards happiness and recovery. It wasn't an easy road and I doubt there'll only be plain sailing for them now. But they've found each other and together they'll be able to face whichever challenges lay ahead of them.
So thank you, Laura. Thank you for Strangers and for the people I've met because of this tale. You're a very gifted writer and I cannot wait to know what's in yout mind when the sequel finally makes it debut.
Sofia X
iLLaine chapter 33 . 2/3/2014
You know what I love about this chapter (among many others things)? It's very open to fanfic! Fanfic before the proposal, fanfic before the wedding and of course the wedding! I hope you'll have the time one day to write some one-shots to have a glimpse at these months in their lives! (Sorry for the late review: I just finished a re-read of the whole story. I had forgotten how funny was the conversation at the Dower House: I didn't know when I first read it that you were a master of double-meanings!)
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