This is slightly grittier than the average Georgian Romance, but then this is most definitely not an average book. I was lucky enough to get the second in the Weymouth Trilogy as a freebie, and I say lucky because my obsession with reading things in order persuaded me to buy this one (although the synopsis does say they can be read as stand alones). I could not put it down, started it last night and only left it to finish this morning as I couldn't keep my eyes open. With laughter and tragedy Lizzie Church leads leads us through the plot deftly, evoking the era perfectly. Katherine is a principled, capable heroine I came to like immensely, as I also did Andrew. The author depicts with ease the character of an abusive man perfectly; the justification in his own mind, that nothing is his own fault, and the pseudo remorse afterwards. She captures the stifling, walking on eggshell nature of being tied to a man like that in a society far more rigid than our own, in such a realistic fashion, which kept me riveted and turning the pages long after I should have turned the light out, and never strays over into melodrama. I have been working my way through the Georgian/Regency Romance genre lately, and this is my favourite so far. I liked it so much that before writing this review, I downloaded Lizzie Church's back catalogue to keep me going for the rest of the week - I love my Kindle.