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Overall this was a great read.
A large part of the story is focused on a reluctant romance that develops between one of the women, Louisa, and the man who would have preferred to buy the farm back.
Yet, the book has more to offer than mere romance. It has great historical and descriptive detail and a strong characterisation that easily surprasses that of simple historical romances. I cared for the lead and secondary characters and found the chemistry and plot convincing.
There are political aspects to the plot concerning Fenians and teh fight for Irish independence which make this a much deeper and rounded novel.
Very enjoyable on many levels.
Our female protagonist Louisa is strong and independent within her context, so her character isn’t anachronistic. She's a believably strong Victorian character. I particularly enjoyed the nuanced depiction of minor female characters –the chronically ill Eleanor and the spinster teacher Clara Whitby. The author presents these characters as fully-fleshed out, 3 dimensional people you can relate to, even though they are only minor characters. I also enjoyed the way the antagonist is introduced and reintroduced in the novel. I won't say more or it will be a spoiler!
My only issue was the male protagonist Maxwell and the development of the relationship between Louisa and Maxwell – I thought him to be rather mean spirited; and the trajectory of their relationship wasn’t very believable at points. However, the dialogue between them sparkled with wit and sexual tension. You do some of the twists and turns coming from a mile away, but I find that comforting, so it this isn't a complaint. :)
Final verdict: Definitely put this in your “to-read” list if you like historical novels with drama, mystery, some action, and a dash of romance.
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