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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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.
This read was a tad too long. The plot was extremely thick and if one was not constantly keeping up with what was going on they would definitely become lost. I would not call it an easy read but the author of this book has spectacular writing skills. Unfortunately this series does not appeal to me. I hope others find it more to their liking and continue the series.
I’d give it 6 Stars if I could
Finally, I’ve found a book that has dimensional characters. The twists and turns of the book can be a little difficult to keep up with at times but it also keeps the pages turning! I couldn’t put it down!