Initially I wasn't looking forward to reading this book, as in the first two of the Brides of Bath series, Carlotta came across as a very unpleasant character; vain, shallow and totally selfish. Fortunately my obsession with reading series in order wouldn't let me leave this one out; this is my favourite of series. Opening with Carlotta in reduced circumstances, and mourning the loss of her relationship with Blanks, she still has much the same character of old. The joy of this book, is the skilful way Cheryl Bolen describes how once reunited with her son, Carlotta starts to put someone else first, finds her own self esteem and gradually turns her character around, to become the person James thinks she is. Nothing is forced, it is a gradual progression that develops from the plot, and this is a slightly darker book than the previous ones. I thoroughly enjoyed it.