The blurb of the book really got me hooked, I was hoping it would be a rather good read and yet I have to say there was something not completely to my taste.
I would have to say that there were moments when I got confused due to the chapters bouncing from 1815 to 1885 and also to 1875. For some this might not be annoying, but I found it was happening a bit too often and it made it a little bit hard to read really.
Also I wished there was more information about William, I never really felt like much attention was given to him, there was moments when you thought ‘yea he doesn’t have an arm’ when actually no he does have an arm it just badly damaged due to a war injury. I am hoping the next book will focus more on this character because I would think he would be a really interesting character if he is given more to do.
Maxwell, he’s another mysterious character, although I do have an inkling of who he might be; hopefully we will learn a bit more about him too as well.
Elizabeth; she is essentially the heroine of the book, although I found her rather annoying and was cheering Katarina when she was berating her about acting like a child; and indeed she was. I understand Elizabeth is meant to be like a more free-spirited young lady, yet she does seem to have fun around wild which seems rather unlikely given how her mother and aunt are. Even if she is just naturally free-spirited there are times when she just acts like a women in this time and it just didn’t connect as well… historically speaking at least.
The one character that I really enjoyed reading about is Katarina, she is such an interesting character and learning about her past just made me feel for her so much more than I would with any of the previous characters I have mentioned already. I do think that Elizabeth’s presumption that Katarina’s lover was Gavin though, I thought it might have been Maxwell due to how she acted around him. Of course I could be wrong.
The plot it’s self is good and the only thing that annoyed me was the repetition of the first chapter with on of the near last chapters at the end of the book. It also felt a bit rushed at the end, like the author wanted to wrap it up quickly and then get them moving on again.
I will want to see what the next book is like, because although this review is negative on certain things, there are other things that I really want to see what happens. Sadly the only character that really interested me is Katarina, so I just hope the author makes the other main characters a bit more interesting and not so irritating