About the Book:
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.
Well, you'll find much more in this historical novel than you might think. Romance, intrigue, historical detail, faith and broken hearts. By the end, you won't know who to trust or who to believe...thank goodness Jessica wrote a sequel!
The story starts off a bit slow, but hang in there...once Julia reunites with her dearest friend Elizabeth the tale gains traction. I felt for Julia, and despised how Victorian society treated women in general. To be orphaned and bounced around like a tether ball is enough, but then to land in the wrong hands?
Or are they the right hands? It is so hard to tell. If you have it figured out by the end of the book, please message me, because I'm still confused. But I'm eager for the sequel, so I guess that's a good thing!
My thanks to my friends at Tyndale House Publishers for my advance copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. If you love historical fiction, this will be a real treat. If you're more like me, a reluctant historical reader, you'll still find things to enjoy.
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