Book Description: 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.
My Thoughts: This is an interesting book, although a somewhat "dark" read. There is a reason that this read is compared to Bronte's books.
Although I found the mystery and story line unusual the reader has to keep reading the entire story to follow through and understand.
Julia is a little hard for me to understand and I found Mr. Macy and Edward somewhat elusive in "character hood." This is not a bad thing. I think an author does a great job of writing when a reader can "see" everything that the characters are going through.
Julia doesn't seem to have many choices. She's an orphan who will either have to marry a lowly husband or take care of a bed ridden old woman in Scotland. UGH! A no win situation. But it seems that two men are actually using Julia as a pawn and as an orphan (unmarried to boot!)
who is there to help or take care of Julia?!?!
I love Jane Austen's books so if you're a reader who likes a dramatic and unpredictable romance (are you a Jane Austen fan?) then you'll love this book! And remember this is a trilogy so the ending isn't complete.
*This book was provided for review by Tyndale Publishing*