This book had such a great premise. I couldn't wait to start reading it. Until the hero and heroine met. It mostly went downhill from there. I couldn't like either the hero or the heroine.
The hero was so unlikable it was crazy! He was arrogant, snobby, self centered and unbelievably rude to everyone. Even at the end of the book when most heroes at least somewhat redeem themselves, he still remains unlikable. When the heroine tells him that she loves him, he gets scared of somehow looking weak and getting ridiculed(?) and tells her that she's just a child and he doesn't love her...and then gets mad at HER for not fighting for him. I was just disgusted at such childishness. And the heroine.....wow. she has no sense and absolutely no backbone. I don't like my heroines to be raving shrews but I do prefer that they don't let themselves be used as a doormat for anyone who would like to, especially the hero who you are supposed to root for at some point in the book. I couldn't find myself rooting for either one of them. With the way the hero acted throughout the book, he should have been groveling on his hands and knees at the end. Instead, she practically proposed to him without any sort of apology. For someone who would show bravery at the beginning of the book by taking her siblings from a dangerous home and escorting them through the woods and into an abandoned home to get them to safely in London, she sure showed no backbone when it came to her own life. I am hesitant about reading any more books by Ms. Chater if the hero and heroine in this book are indicative of the other characters in the rest of her books.