Could not put it down!
Ms. Dotta’s writing is reminiscent of Jane Austen. Set as contemporaries of the likes of Elizabeth Bennet and Elinor Dashwood the reader is immersed in the throes of Julia’s plight, that she is a woman in a time when women were property. Julia’s fight for happiness runs through the whole of the story, as she faces first one opposition and hurdle, then another. The twists and intrigue to this story will keep the reader on the edge of his or her seat.
Mrs. Windham could be the sister of Jane Austen’s Mrs. Bennet. Elizabeth is quite the proper young woman, at least when she’s around her mother. Edward and enigma, Mr. Macy more so. Wounded by deep scars from her childhood and by current tragic events, Julia struggles to gain footing and confidence – at least, as much as a lady in her era can know – and to find love and happiness.
I am enamored of Ms. Dotta’s writing, and will be sure to read the second and third books in this trilogy, Mark of Distinction and Price of Privilege. I look forward to reading many more by this author.