Reviews for To Live Without Love
sweetladyjane2012 chapter 9 . 10/24/2012
I think Mary made the right choice, I'd rather live as a commoner with a man who loves me than as a royal prisoner too! One thing I have a question about, and that's that now that Mary has given up her royal identity, does that also mean that she can never be reunited with her son James in Scotland?
sweetladyjane2012 chapter 8 . 10/22/2012
I'm glad that Matilda is such a good friend to Mary...
sweetladyjane2012 chapter 4 . 10/8/2012
I think it's really cool how you weave in ideas from 'A Clockwork Orange' such as thinking angry thoughts makes a person feel queasy except that you use enchanted jewels instead of the Ludivaco technique since it obviously wouldn't have been around back then...
sweetladyjane2012 chapter 3 . 10/3/2012
My daughter's name is Molly too...:)
sweetladyjane2012 chapter 2 . 9/26/2012
Ha, serves Robert right...
sweetladyjane2012 chapter 1 . 9/21/2012
Ooh sneaky Elizabeth...
December-Blank chapter 3 . 4/8/2012
Oh my! What a revenge! This is a great chapter.
December-Blank chapter 2 . 4/8/2012
I like this chapter too. It was pretty funny how Mary tricked "Sir Dimwit Dudley".
December-Blank chapter 1 . 4/8/2012
I like this. I cannot wait to continue reading.
Ioga chapter 9 . 5/8/2011
I had to read this with some breaks because it's so depressing when people get relentlessly picked on by others (the Scroops). X-) But all in all it was a pleasant read, I liked the additional stone magics in particular.

Towards the end, Mary's falling for Hawk felt a bit sudden - the last indicators of it were somewhat far away narrationally, and then it was just "boom!", done. I didn't quite manage to follow the "the enchanted sapphire was never meant for the Queen of Scots at all" notion there either, didn't they discuss how it would affect her and everything in chapter 3? Or was that just another plot?

I liked the understanding manipulation Elisabeth was applying at the very start - instead of stopping Mary forcefully from giving a signal, send something to read and sweets... :D If only all political jailors were so subtle!

Thanks for this!
Calenmarwen chapter 9 . 1/25/2011
Ah, I like the way you've finished this very much! I was worried when they were getting attacked, but well done Matilda to use those big skirts cunningly! Wonderful to have Elizabeth turn up, and see the cousins together. Now they can both be happy, Elizabeth can lead her country into a Golden Age of prosperity, and her subjects will love her for it, and Mary can have the love of her chosen man. Was Captain Hawk modelled after a historical character, or is he your own invention?

Any more English/European historical stories you do I'll be sure to read, as long as they're not WW period stories, not my chosen period in history at all!
miss1927 chapter 9 . 1/24/2011
It's the end already! I'm so glad you gave Mary a happy ending - I was reading merrily along and then suddenly thought: "Oh no, she's going to have her head lopped off soon isn't she?" but thankfully you've saved her another day. I wanted to write something more inspired than 'live', but I couldn't think of anything. Oh, and go Matilda!

I think you can guess my favourite period of history, but I haven't read many stories set in the First World War, so that would be interesting... Oh, and Tsarist/Soviet Russia would be good too. And Germany from about 1858 onwards. Oh, hang on, you said English history... well just stick to the first two then. :)
Punslinger chapter 9 . 1/21/2011
Very nicely done! I'm glad you found a way to provide a happy ending for everyone, instead of the grim historical reality of poor Mary losing her head.

As for suggestions for another romantic tale about some period of English history... Well, I've always been fascinated the 17th Century Civil War between King Charles I and Cromwell. Unfortunately, it had no noble beauties like Elizebeth and Mary to spice up the action. But maybe your vivid imagination could find a way to inject a love interest.
Punslinger chapter 8 . 11/29/2010
Aha! The plot quickens. Who can the approaching horsemen be? Perhaps the thugs hired by the Scroops to murder Mary? Will Captain Hawk ride to the rescure in time? Don't keep us waiting too long to read the next exciting chapter.
miss1927 chapter 8 . 11/29/2010
Eekums! There, thought I'd begin with something other than 'ooh' this time. First things first, terrific choice of names: Lord and Lady Scroop are just WONDERFUL, as is Captain Hawk (I can't seem to get the image of him with a beak out of my mind though.) Even so, I have one or two somewhat deranged noble names tucked away, soon to be revealed (most of which have at least one 'Smythe' in.) Anyway, frosted gingerbread? I suppose that's just another culinary marvel that's passed me by...but it sounds pretty good. Well, as I've read two chapters together, methinks I can declare this a simply splendid story and keep it up. :)
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