Pairing: Sybil Crawley/Tom Branson
Fic Title: Something New and Exciting
Author: Ash Light
Why This Must Be Read: The author does a wonderful job with the main relationship in this story, which is full of the newness of blossoming love, and the tension of a situation that is naturally keeping them apart. The author also has a great touch in rendering the many other characters of Downton Abbey, those upstairs as well as those downstairs. It's well written and does a great job capturing the language of the period, and the plot flows to a satisfying conclusion. At least for now. It's written as a one-shot, I believe, but has the potential to continue as a series, which I must say, I hope it does, or that the author writes more in this fandom.
Fandom Category: Downton Abbey
Pairing: Matthew Crawley/Mary Crawley, Sybil Crawley/Tom Branson, Anna Smith/John Bates
Fic Title: Last Night of the Fair
Why This Must Be Read: The author really captures the character of Mary Crawley in this piece--the haughtiness, the sense of someone who is bound up but wants to be set free--and renders her complete and complicated. Readers can also get a deeper sense of Mary and Matthew's interaction and the complexity of feelings that run between the two. Sybil and Branson are also awfully cute in this, and there's a hint of Anna/Bates for good measure.