I believe this may have been the first book I have ever read by Mary Balogh, which is odd since I love historical romances. I am particularly fond of Regencies, and although this one takes place several years after, it still has the same flavor.
My feelings about this book are a little odd. I found the beginning confusing and could not figure out what it had to do with the story. I kept going back to see if I had missed something. The beginning is not explained until almost a hundred pages into it.
I really enjoyed the bulk of the book. I wanted to shake the two main characters more than once, but that was the point. The other characters were handled well and the basis for the sequels was established.
I did think the ending was too abrupt. Yes, there are sequels, but I wanted a satisfying ending. Something more than “they lived happily ever after.”
Overall, it was a good book and I am glad I had the opportunity to read it. I will definitely be reading the sequels which thankfully are all published.