I downloaded this having devoured the Hearts of Gold series and have to say I was slightly disappointed. The first chapter was so full of characters I was confused and had to re-read a couple of times to fry and work out who was who. I was beginning to wonder if this was un fact a sequel to a previous book. There were just too many names and at first it was hard to sort out who was who, with a lot of jumping about. I noticed one other reviewer commented on a lack of paragraph breaks. I also found this to be the case, and this made it difficult to follow the story, with seemingly unconnected incidents and characters running into one another.
In the Hearts of Gold series, you immediately got caught up in the trials and tribulations of the characters, and the amount of historical research was evident, whereas in this book I felt that it had started out with no clear direction and was padded out along the way, just to fill the book. None of the characters had any real depth.
Sorry, but there was absolutely nothing about this book which had me desperate to turn the pages to find out what happened next, or to consider reading the next book in the series.