This book took me forever to read, but NOT because it was a slow-moving story. It was totally fantastic. It took me so long to finish the book because I have a million things on my plate and could only read a small amount at a time. It hurt me every time I had to stop, because I was caught up in the story and wanted to keep reading.
What I liked: The details of the lifestyle and circumstances of this time period were realistic and believable. It was interesting, but sad, to read about women forced into prostitution and how they were treated by society—even when they longed to leave that way of life and start a more accepted life for themselves. Obtaining forgiveness and the acceptance of the “upper crust” of society during that time period was impossible, and I felt sorry for women caught up in that lifestyle, sometimes through no fault of their own.
What I didn’t like: Even though the plot never faltered, the story seemed longer than necessary. However, this was a minor complaint.
Over all, I give this story five stars. When I closed the book at the end, I was sad that I wouldn’t have it to come back to again. I highly recommend it to anyone loving a historical fiction. If you have to set it aside for a while, you will always look forward to opening it again. Great job, Ms. Jagears! I love your writing!
(I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, but the thoughts, the rating, and the opinions are my own and were not influenced.)