I loved Summers at Auburn Castle which is why I got this one, but apart from having a strong female lead, they are very different books. I didn't like this one at all, as the plot was long winded and slow, and the prose and dialogs clumsy. So many obvious points were laboured over, just to make you sure didn't miss the point. The characters were interesting and vividly described, but trapped in a kind of wordy, self-indulgent writing style. I managed to limp through to the end but won't be reading another one from this series.