Possibly the first thing I noticed and loved about this novel was the setting. Marnie first comes under suspicion of withcraft when her husband falls to his death; a suspicion that only grows when her and Raven develop a sign language to communicate with each other. And trust me, this isn't the time or place to be suspected of witchcraft.
It isn't often that I begin writing a review with trepidation and insecurities, thinking that my thoughts and feelings can't possibly do the book justice. It is with those kinds of books that I figure that whatever I type should suffice. This is the kind of book that I can slip into like a warm fleece on a cold winter's night and feel cozy and comforted in. Marnie is religious, but she has her struggles with God because of the terrible things she goes through in such a short time.
The Raging Quiet is without doubt a Rey-The-Teen-Years book. The deliberate ambiguity of the setting and time period in which The Raging Quiet takes place allows the story to straddle a line between historical fiction and fantasy, and frees it from some of the rigidity a straight historical fiction novel would demand. Jordan walks a fine line here by creating main characters that are almost uniformly sympathetic amid a cast of narrow-minded fear-mongers. Where Jordan really excels as a storyteller is in her crafting of the relationship that develops between Raven and Marnie.
A story of a woman who dares to be different and has to be punished for it. This sign language makes the villagers even more suspicious. The rumors about the young woman run rampant, especially when her neighbors find out she allows the mad young man live in her home.
Chapter One The afternoon Marnie came to Torcurra, the villagers were whipping the devils out of a mad boy. Marnie watched at a distance while a priest came running to disburse the crowd and untie the young man's hands. When I first read The Raging Quiet in 2011, I fell passionately in love with the earthy yet haunting setting, the cautionary Marnie and guarded but playful Raven. A priest provided balance.
I think this book was "moon-good beautiful." The characters grabbed me from the first page and kept my interest all the way through.
He is happy with this arrangement because the cabin holds a hidden treasure that will make him richer than a king, and it is to this place that he brings Marnie to start their new life. Marnie, young and inexperienced, soon finds marriage to Luke an ordeal and though he is not a cruel man, Luke is neither interterested in making his wife happy nor willing to ease her distress, as he is consumed with the search for treasure.
I was truly captivated by the characters, plot and setting. Marnie begins to develop a means of communication with him through a series of hand gestures, which the villagers interpret as witchcraft and casting curses.
The Raging Quiet is a book I never would have read. The Raging Quiet is not like the romances I've avoided. The story is a historical romance without a specific time period, something that adds to the timeless fairytale feel. The book starts with Marnie leaving her home, wed to Sir William Isherwood's son. Facing a town that doesn't like or understand her, Marnie doesn't cower but continues to do what she thinks is right regardless of the consequences. Calling The Raging Quiet a "romance" doesn't seem to do this book justice. In some ways this book is as much about friendship and kindness as love. I'm glad that people pushed me to read this book. I'll probably always be leery of romance novels, but this book proves that sometimes a story can surpass it's label. (Hope you guys like the expanded review & I hope it does the book justice) Original review (because people liked it) Yes everyone was right. But this is romance was sweet & genuine, not forced, mopey or love at first sight. Why don't more people try to write stories like that?
I think part of that is why I liked the book so much. Funny because they loved the gossip and a bit scary because of their reactions to the new people. She just wanted to do her own thing and just live life and it seemed like people would only look for fault and what "the neighbors were thinking". I was thinking the same thing! I loved his interactions with Marnie and Father Brannan. It's fun and sweet and at the end I wanted to cry happy tears. You'll find yourself rooting the "good guys" and for Raven (I know I was). Because I want you to be happy.
Her breakthrough came with Rocco, published in the United States as A Time of Darkness, and since that time she has gone on to pen many more titles for young adult and juvenile readers that have been published both in her native New Zealand and throughout the world.