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The Secret of Ravelston

2.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  14 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Jane Freemont is a British young lady with a very big problem. She is a modern girl...but she lives in the early 19th Century. Jane has a critical, inquiring mind and is always ready to state her honest opinions - no matter whom she may inconvenience. This causes the young gentlemen to run away from her - for men surely can welcome women's criticism so much more than they ...more
ebook, 180 pages
Published January 20th 2012 by Self Published
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Book Him Danno
Well this one is tough book to review. I read it and I enjoyed it for the most part. I felt the mystery that took Jane over was not well developed that if it had been me I would have just forgotten about it. Why pursue something with so little interest. Yes, as the book progressed she found more to interest the mystery, but I would have lost interest at the beginning and so should have Jane.

I don’t know about his being a YA mystery, it could be for any age, but the telling of the story did slow
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Angeline
Aug 12, 2012 Angeline rated it it was ok
The Secret of Ravelston and I did not click. I usually do not read self-published books. But, when I read the synopsis and re-evaluated the genres of the books I had reviewed so far on this blog, I decided to give it a try.

The Good
I liked the magical element Silveira applied to the town of Ravelston. It made the town more interesting and added a paranormal twist to this Regency Era novel
The fact that a mystery was introduced at the beginning was a refreshing breather from all the YA romance
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Oliver Santon
Aug 20, 2012 Oliver Santon rated it liked it
I had never read a self-published book before, but the fact that this novel was based on a ballad by Sydney Dobell, such an unknown yet enormously gifted English poet, was enough to draw me to it. Surprising to me, I enjoyed The Secret of Ravelston very much. I enjoyed it as a historical novel (the author definitely knows how to bring in the reader to that time in history), and as a mystery--and must admit I did not suspect “he’d done it.”

However, I must say that what I enjoyed most about this
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Beth
Sep 10, 2012 Beth rated it liked it
Silveira’s novel deals with an interesting time period, an extremely engaging protagonist and a series of events that just don’t quite add up. Above all else this novel paints a picture of this fictional town of Ravelston that isn’t easy to forget and is extremely vivid.
Set in the 19th century, our protagonist is Jane who lives in a different time period, one far advanced from her own. She is extremely modern and pays for this by being sent away to live in Ravelston with her uncle, a Rector. Onc
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Jill Swanson-Diaz
My full review is up on my blog.
http://littlehyuts.blogspot.com

Sergio Silveira is a promising self published author. Often, self published authors are over looked and I am glad I had the chance to read The Secret of Ravelston. Historical fictions are not something I usually pick up, but this story had an unusual premise that sparked my interest.
I rather enjoyed the historical setting of this novel and it will definitely compel me to read more like it.
Sergio's writing style is original and very
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adam-p-reviews
Sep 06, 2012 adam-p-reviews rated it really liked it
The Secret of Ravelston is the historical murder mystery novel by Sergio Silveira. Based in Northern England during the nineteenth century, the novel tells the tale of Jane Freemont, a young upper-middle class woman living in Wallingsford in the South of England. Jane is a modern woman for the nineteenth century, always questioning her superiors and giving her honest opinions at rather inappropriate times. However Jane is unfortunate. Her attitude is not so welcome in her home town of Wallingsfo ...more
Valentina
Jul 18, 2012 Valentina rated it liked it
This was a historical fiction taking place in Regency times, which is not as unusual as it was a few years ago, but which is still new enough for the reader to be amused by the time period. It was an interesting read, with some nice historical details, but it was a bit bogged down by the author’s “telling” instead of showing.
Now, it had some really good moments towards the end, where the pace picks up and the plot points come together to give us a cohesive ending. And the characters, especially
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Meg J
Aug 12, 2012 Meg J rated it did not like it
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**Spoilers**

I'm a sucker for 19th century England. Have been ever since my mom introduced me to Pride and Prejudice. I'm not gonna lie, this weakness is what drove me to pick up The Secret of Ravelston in the first place. Well, that and the opportunity to distract myself from the bleak state of mind that George Orwell's 1984, had put me in. Had I gone on much longer, I might have been tempted to turn on some Justin Bieber. Maybe even like it. I co
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Merin
Sep 01, 2012 Merin rated it liked it
The Secret of Ravelston tells the story of Jane Freemont, a free-thinking woman growing up in early 19th-century England, where being free-thinking isn't exactly smiled upon. After accidentally embarrassing a lady of status, she's sent to Ravelston, a town to the far north of the country, to live with her uncle, who is the town rector. While there, she becomes aware of a missing servant girl named Mary, and takes it upon herself to figure out where Mary went, and what happened to her.

The story
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Ana T.
Besides historical fiction, mysteries and thrillers are my favourite reading genre. The Secret of Ravelstone seemed to combine those two genres so I just couldn't resist it.






As the story begins Jane Freemont has been sent to live with her uncle, the Rector of Ravelstone. She is intrigued by the town; a part of it is boarded up, and immediately senses a mystery in the disappearance of former servant Mary Hale. No one seems to be really to tell her about Mary Hale's fate and her uncle is acting a b
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Sharmin
Jul 31, 2012 Sharmin rated it liked it
The Secret of Ravelston was a delightful mystery, historical fiction novel. With its classy writing and friendly characters, this book has a lot of potential. Although, the modestly developed mystery aspect the book was based on will best be appreciated by middle grade readers than reader of the YA genre (14 & up), assuming they can learn to appreciate the graceful, stylish writing that is adopted by historical fiction writers, especially considering it’s short length.

I really do not have a
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