Reviews for In the Company of Strangers
Kylakeanya chapter 33 . 7/11/2022
This is amazing story. I reread it again, and story is still so touchable and interesting for me.
I fell in love with Mary and Charles relationships. You have incredibly wrote and described all the characters.
I still believe that you will post the sequel. I wait wholeheartedly.
I would love to see again Mary and Charles. And I will be so happy to see there as well Cora, Robert, Violet, Tom, Isobel and Catherine.
I liked when there were embarrassing, funny, serious or unexpected moments between them all. I liked their reactions and how they were acting.
Also I would like to say to you that are great author, I wish you good luck and inspiration.

P.S. I believe I wrote it correctly and you will understand what I meant, because I just learn English. So I will mention that I practiced my reading skills with your stories.
gaayo chapter 1 . 11/5/2021
absolutely beautiful. i cannot express how much i loved this adequately. you're a brilliant writer!
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!
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