If I could describe this book in just one word it would be brilliant. Never in my life have I ever read a book that had so much happening in a few pages. It was like someone’s entire life all in a span of 300 – 400 pages. Okay, maybe it was about someone’s entire life. Make that two someone’s.
The synopsis of this book was sort of misleading. As a historical romance, I remember it saying something about how Daniel (the protagonist) visits his family and immediately after he captures the attention of his 3 female cousins who are all after his attention and courtship. But that was just in the beginning, after awhile it was barely about that point. It went around other characters point of views, which got me confused at first until I got used to it.
As much as I’d like to mention all the characters, the only one that truly stood out was Eunice. She was the youngest of the cousins who fell in love with Daniel instantly but denied herself the ‘sin’ of thinking about him. This was mostly in her fathers favor, who was a clergyman who deliveries a sermon for everything even a household chore. I didn’t like him at all but he was a needed thorn in the rose bush. Nat and Bell were the ideal couple in the story and Daniels parents. Despite the fact that they were old, their love for each other always surfaced as they did everything together.
I didn’t have a hard time going through the book as I thought I would after the first hundred pages. The entire book kept me on my toes. There was so much happening that I simply couldn’t keep up. It was a mix of every calamity that befell London during the time of Napoleons escapades (so to speak).
Watching both Eunice and Daniel grow and fight through life’s battles was an added pleasure that kept me reading.
Overall, the book was written so smoothly (though my kindle killed the formatting a bit) that you can’t help but notice the perfect flow of events from one chapter to the other. It was the perfect combination of mild-romance, calamities, self-growth and independence rolled into one book. I felt like I was reading a classic, or a soon to be one. A unputdownable book from Prue Phillipson.