I had great hopes for this novel, but was sadly disappointed. General Winston's Daughter did not live up to my expectations, and doesn't have the depth and detailed characterization of Shinn's other novels. I loved her Samaria and Thirteen Houses series and thought this would be along similar lines, but it wasn't. The main character Averie Winston, is extremely naive and at times just down right stupid. I understand she's just turned eighteen and has been gently raised in a noble family, but still...I find that no excuse for some of her thoughtless and stupid decisions that ultimately resulted in complete and total disaster. I rather thought she should have been more politically astute having been raised in and around politics and as the daughter of a general. I just cannot get over how stupid she was, and the author's excuse for this, that she was "young and passionate", just didn't work for me. I couldn't relate to Averie at all and that was a real turn off.
Also, by the end of the first chapter I knew exactly where this novel was going and the plot was no surprise. What WAS a surprise (after reading Shinn's other series) was the fact that her characters in this novel were pretty much two-dimensional with not a lot of depth. The lack of characterization combined with the heroine's thoughtless stupidity just completely ruined this book for me. For other fans of Shinn, I recommend skipping this novel or you'll find yourself disappointed as I was.