I have read at least a dozen of D.E. Stevenson's books and loved every one of them... until this one.
What a disappointment!
It's difficult to list all the things I did not like without spoilers. Though if you read the intro to this book, you'll pretty much know what's going to happen.
The first item is that it was not romantic in the least. When the two protagonists that end up together get together, you are not even there. You find out it happened after the fact. There's not much of a build-up either.
Here come the spoilers so don't read on if you want a chance to be surprised:
The morals in this book seem to be that a woman isn't really entitled to her own son if the father's family has money; that having another child makes up for never seeing your first child again; that a son is better off without his mother if he can be raised in a wealthy English estate instead; and that the French and the English are so different that they cannot ever understand each other or live together.
There is also a nonsensical statement that it would have been bad for the French woman's son if she married a wealthy, older French man, but it was OK for her to do so after she left her son, for good, at his grandfather's estate.
I'm glad I didn't read this one first because then I would have never read any of her other (wonderful) novels.