Pages: 384 pages
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This is my first Jane Ashford book and I can't tell you how much I loved it. Well, I can because I'm reviewing it but you know what I mean.
I loved Charlotte. I empathized with her. Her husband was a nodcock who used all of her dowry to bu artifacts and historical junk. But I really loved that she was so strong. She was not one of those “cry all the time” heroines. Her journey throughout this book is heartwrenching. She had a bit of the Jane Eyre feeling to her although perhaps not as maudlin. Alec was a bit of a conundrum. He was so duty driven. He wasn't cold really but he was very “by the book.” His interactions with his sisters, and later Charlotte herself, really gave us a nice glimpse into his softer side.
The chemistry between Charlotte and Alec was borderline perfect. They started very distrustful of each other. It was a slow burn and I love that when the author takes time to develop the love story. The secondary romance between Ethan and Lucy was almost as interesting as the Charlotte and Alec. I adore great secondary romances. I also loved the Upstairs/Downstairs—and yes Downton Abbey---feel to it.
I loved this book. I will be looking forward to Jane Ashford's books. I have a feeling she will soon be a part of my auto-buy list.