The year is 1838, and seventeen-year-old Julia Elliston’s position has never been more fragile. Orphaned and unmarried in a time when women are legal property of their fathers, husbands, and guardians, she finds herself at the mercy of an anonymous guardian who plans to establish her as a servant in far-off Scotland.
With two months to devise a better plan, Julia’s first choice to marry her childhood sweetheart is denied. But when a titled dowager offers to introduce Julia into society, a realm of possibilities opens. However, treachery and deception are as much a part of Victorian society as titles and decorum, and Julia quickly discovers her present is deeply entangled with her mother’s mysterious past. Before she knows what’s happening, Julia finds herself a pawn in a deadly game between two of the country’s most powerful men. With no laws to protect her, she must unravel the secrets on her own. But sometimes truth is elusive and knowledge is deadly.
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For a free book, this was a great read! Very well written, good plot and building of characters throughout the story. It's not a book that one can easily determine how it will end (which is a good thing). I read it in two days and want to find more by the author.
My favorite trilogy
Jessica Dotta is my new favorite author! I can’t say enough about her writing. She definitely knows how to keep your attention and throw in unpredictable plot twists. You won’t be disappointed!
Had to skip most of the book and see how it ended
I struggled through the first third of this book and, because I hate to leave a book unfinished, I read the last few chapters. I guess the plot was a good one. It just took too long to get to it.