The whole time that I was reading this book I kept thinking that I had read it before. So many of the parts in the story were just so familiar. It wasn't until I finished and read the other reviews that I saw some reviewers saying how much this book was like older Julie Garwood books. That was it! I actually hadn't read this one, just others like it. This book is good, but Julie Garwood is better. Johnstone does capture the time period well. The politics of the era ring true. I have to admit that I found myself more interested in the secondary characters at times than I did the hero and heroine. One thing that always annoys me is when the hero is determined never to love his new wife because of his loyalty to his dead wife. Of course, he is madly in love with her almost immediately but just won't admit it. *sigh* The heroine's perky "I love everyone even though I have been horribly abused all my life" attitude got a little annoying at times, too. And her tendency to 'disobey' orders meant to keep her safe....well, that is something a lot of authors do to make their heroines seem brave and self-reliant, but often make them seem foolish instead. For the most part, I did enjoy this book, but not enough to read the next one.