I am a former stay-at-home mom who has given up her hopes and dreams of becoming a professional reader. I now spend my days showing small children how to play games on computers. Right now I'm living vicariously through my 9 year-old who is reading everything she can get her hands on.
I have read other reviews by people who love Kearsley's work that suggest this is the weakest of her novels. If that's true, then the only thing stopping me from running out to find the rest of her work is the sick, sleeping child on my couch.
If I my bank account would allow it, I would be booking the next flight to France. Upon arrival I'm making a beeline to Chinon and staying for a week, maybe two. Kearsley sells the town better than any travel agent could.
It was the atmosphere Kearsley created that kept me reading. The story was a little slow moving. A lot of time was spent building up to the final four or five chapters. I have no idea how far along I was when I felt the story picked up. I was reading an e-book I loaned through my local library system and the only way I could read was through a web browser on my iPad. I did not get page numbers or percentage. It was slightly annoying. None of that is the book's fault.
This novel had quite the character list. Normally I don't care for novels with such a cast of characters. I feel most authors have a hard time pulling off any real development when there are so many people to focus on. In this case, everyone had a part to play in the end. The characters were all brought together quite nicely. Even the animals helped to pull things together.
Despite the fact that I sense Kearsley heaps on the romance a little more than I generally care for, I am excited to read more from her.