Years ago I read something written by Jane Aiken Hodge and I remembered liking it. I can't remember the title, but it certainly wasn't this book! I'm hard pressed to classify this - it wasn't a mystery and most definitely wasn't a romance.
It was a story set in a small principality on the verge of revolution during Napoleon's ascent to power. Three woman, two British and one American heiress set out to launch an operatic career for a talented duke's daughter. They travel to Paris, Italy and ultimately Lissenberg where most of the story unfolds. There are a lot of characters met along the way, but I found none of them especially compelling. Revolutions are confusing times, and I was certainly confused by this book. I am still not sure who the hero was, or why some characters were even introduced. Not sure who was attracted to whom. Truly, this book just confused me.
Hodge is a good writer, and I did finish the book - all the while hoping things would get better. For me, they never did. I borrowed this book for free, so I lost nothing but time, but I would have been very frustrated if I had paid the asking price.