The Ohio River, a principal route for pioneers pushing westward along its 981-mile course from Pennsylvania through Kentucky and Indiana to Illinois, was the scene of fierce battles among warring Indian tribes(Shawnee, Miami, Cherokee, Iroquois, etc.) and between Native Americans and white settlers. Tapping journals, letters, diaries and government memoranda from 1768 to 1799, and fleshing out his panoramic chronicle with reconstructed dialogue adapted from primary sources, historian-novelist Eckert has fashioned an epic narrative history of the struggle for dominance of the Ohio River Valley that makes compelling reading. The lives of notable pioneer families (Zanes, Bradys, Wetzels), incursions of traders, explorers, colonists, adventurers and the historic exploits of George Washington, Daniel Boone, George Rogers Clark and others intersect. Eckert emphasizes the sudden, overwhelming movement of whites into Native American lands and the Indians’ initial restraint and tolerance, followed by furious raids, wars and expulsions.(courtesy of Publisher’s Weekly)
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1. Julia Grey was born into a large family of wealth and privilege. How do the Marches resist the confines and expectations of Victorian society? Are they always successful?
2. Families such as the Marches relied heavily upon numerous servants to handle the day to day operation of their homes. Discreet and diplomatic servants were invaluable. How do you think Aquinas, Morag and Monk acquitted themselves? Would you hire them?
3. As an arrangement between friends rather than a love match, Edward and Julia’s marriage was typical of the time. Do you suppose Edward was happy with the arrangement? Can you think of modern examples of , or reasons for, such a match?
4. How is Julia’s role within her marriage reflected in the setting of Grey House? Contrast the setting of Grey House with that of Nicholas Brisbane’s rooms in Chapel Street.
5. The book covers a murder investigation but also a woman’s journey as she discovers her authentic self. Describe the most important ways Julia begins to know herself. Could she have known any of these things while married to Edward?
6. At the heart of the book is Julia’s relationship with two archetypal men: Edward and Nicholas. Compare and contrast these relationships. Is there one important thing that each man may have given Julia?
7. The happiest relationships in this book are not conventional ones. Discuss characters who seem to have found personal happiness, and why this is so.
8. Nicholas struggles with flashes of precognition. Is this ability a gift or a curse? How could he have made better use of it?
9. What drives Nicholas? What sort of man is he? How does he differ from the other men in Julia’s life?
10. Given their characters, histories, and status, is a romantic relationship between Julia and Nicholas sustainable?
11. The motive behind Edward’s murder is jealousy. Would you consider this a crime of passion? Is it possible to kill someone you truly love??
12. There are numerous and engaging secondary characters in this novel — including a bird! Which of these characters did you most enjoy, and why?
13. Death had its own culture in Victorian England. How does this culture differ from modern times? Discuss a few of the customs referred to in the book. Who or what do you think was the genesis of these conventions?
14. Despite the serious nature of the subject, this story is written with a great deal of humor and wit. Describe one scene that you found particularly amusing.
15. Given the drawbacks of living in Victorian England, and the privileges of wealth and good birth, would you trade places with Julia?
(Questions courtesy of the author and publisher)
Other books by Raybourn: Silent in the Sanctuary — Silent on the Moor — The Dead Travel Fast — Dark Road to Darjeeling — The Dark Enquiry — Silent Night (Novella, E-book only) — Far in the Wilds (Novella, E-book only) –– A Spear of Summer Grass.
Recommendations (NoveList & other sources): And Only to Decieve by Tasha Alexander — Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry — The Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry– A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch– Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson — Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear — Cut to the Quick by Kate Ross — The Hanover Square Affair by Ashley Gardner — A Flaw in the Blood by Stephanie Barron — Blind Justice by Bruce Alexander — A Foreign Affair by Caro Peacock– Daughter of the Game by Tracy Grant — Death at Bishop’s Keep by Robin Paige — What Angels Fear by C. S. Harris — Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters — Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood — Murphy’s Law by Rhys Bowen — The Strange Files of Freemont Jones by Dianne Day — The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King — A Wicked Way to Burn by Margaret Miles — Murder on the Lusitania by Conrad Allen — The Flower Reader by Elizabeth Loupas — Some Danger Involved by Will Thomas — A Conspiracy of Violence by Susanna Gregory — Hawkwood by James McGee — The Crimson Cavalier by Mary Andrea Clarke — Gallow’s Thief by Bernard Cornwell — The Tomb of Zeus by Barbara Cleverly — Deadly Love by Brenda Joyce — Duke’s Agent by Rebecca Jenkins — The Mermaid in the Basement by Gilbert Morris — Mr. Timothy by Louis Bayard — The Conjurer by Cordelia Frances Biddle — The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig — Wobble to Death by Peter Lovesey — The Three-Body Problem by Catherine Shaw — The Yard by Alex Grecian — Sister Beneath the Sheet by Gillian Linscott — Room With a Clue by Kate Kingsbury — Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin — The Rose in the Wheel by S. K. Rizzolo — Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon — The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.