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A Moment of Silence
on 29 September 2012
Jessica is a girl with quite a few secrets. For one, nearly all of society doesn't realise that she's deaf, following a fever as a child. she can, of course, lip read, with some interesting results. Jessica lives a reasonably comfortable life, until she suddenly finds out that her father actually left her rather a large fortune and that the detestable step brother she thought was dead is actually alive and is coming back to England with the clear intention of having her locked in an asylum and taking her fortune for himself. She can run, but she can't hide and hindered by her hearing impairment, she's likely to be easy prey; the only thing that may be able to save her is an husband strong enough to stand up to her step brother..... enter Simon Westland, Earl of Northcote.
Simon's in a bit of a fix himself. His father and avaricious stepmother managed to pretty much spend his inheritance and he has almost nothing left. His father also died under rather suspicious circumstances and many still believe Simon to be the culprit. He's also set on revenge against Jessica's stepbrother....
A marriage of convenience to each other will save the remaining Northcote estates and protect Jessica from her stepbrother. Of course, that is just the beginning of the story....
Overall, and enjoyable well-written read with an element of danger, so not so much a 'fluffy' sort of story. A few things could have been a little better I thought: on his first entrance, simon is a social pariah, women faint etc. and there are whispers everywhere that he murdered his father. Next thing we see, he's almost totally accepted and everyone wants to be his friend. Jessica does sometimes seem to make her deafness an excuse for just about everything; not an easy condition, especially at those times, but sometimes it's a bit over done. She is also almost too ready to believe everything that she reads other people saying. If anything, the final section of the book was a little too rushed, I thought, so lost a bit of tension. Overall though, an enjoyable book.