Today Silent in the Sanctuary is available in mass market paperback--just the thing for an inexpensive, midwinter treat! (Interesting, isn't it, that paperbacks and lipsticks still sell well, even in difficult times? It feels so good to be able to buy something NEW!) It's the perfect size for tucking into a purse or backpack and the perfect price for a readers' group! As always, I am available to phone in to your book club's meetings for a chat, so be sure to contact me via e-mail at deannaraybourn(at)yahoo.com to make arrangements. I am posting the SITS readers' guide questions at the end of this post for convenience. (They may be spoilerish, so don't read them if you haven't already read the book!)
Also, tonight begins Masterpiece's much-anticipated "Sense & Sensibility"! I cannot wait for this one, although I have to confess, I still haven't managed to watch "Wuthering Heights". At least I have lots of delicious things stored on tivo for the long, cold days ahead.
Readers’ Guide Questions for Silent in the Sanctuary
1. The relationship between Lady Julia Grey and Nicholas Brisbane is an unconventional one. What are their long-term prospects for happiness together?
2. How does Lady Julia resist the conventions of her time?
3. Bellmont Abbey is a place with a long and interesting history. How does the setting contribute to the atmosphere of the book?
4. The relationship between sisters is a recurring theme in this book. Compare the relationship between Julia and Portia with that of Lucy and Emma.
5. Alessandro Fornacci offers Julia a different life than
the one she is currently leading. Would she have been happy accepting his
6. The Marches seem to have an overly-romanticized view of Gypsy life. Discuss the ways in which the presence of Gypsies has an impact on the inhabitants of Bellmont Abbey.
7. Several characters in the book— Ludlow
8. Emma and Lucy were raised poor on the fringes of a wealthy, noble family. How has this perspective as outsiders looking in shaped their characters?
9. Julia’s gift of the pearls to Magda is an unexpected and generous gesture. Was it the right thing to do?
10. The story of Mariah Young gives the reader greater insight into Nicholas Brisbane’s early life. What impact has this had on him as an adult?
11. Charlotte King is a thief, but an engaging one. What makes her sympathetic to the reader?
12. Julia’s decision to let Charlotte King go means Nicholas has lost his chance at a title. Why might he have wanted one?
13. Julia discovers that Nicholas has risked his own life to help her father, sustaining a bullet wound to the shoulder in the process. What is the nature of his relationship with Lord March?
14. How does Julia handle Plum
16. Julia and Aunt Dorcas decide not to tell Lord March about Emma’s involvement in the murder of Lucian Snow. Was this the right decision? How does this decision directly affect Emma, Lucy, and Sir Cedric?