May and Hannah are two sisters who live with their father, May being promiscuous is sent off to Maryland for an arranged marriage with their father's cousins son Gabriel. Hannah is to join May once their father passes on, when finally the day comes for Hannah to set off across the Atlantic little does she know she will not be re-united with her sister.
Hannah finds her sisters marital home and whilst her sister is not there she comes across her brother-in-law Gabriel and soon enough a heady attraction develops between Gabriel and Hannah. But, with her sister now passed on Hannah starts to wonder what really did happen to May.
This story set in the 17th century is an immense page turner, initially I was drawn to this book because the blurb on the back describes this as a comparison to Philippa Gregory of whom I am a great fan, but this book is more than just comparison it gives a great setting if this period in history of America with a brilliant storyline that will have you intrigued and desperate to know what happens next.
All the characters are superbly developed there wasn't a character in this book who was un-interesting and the storyline is an out & out winner, definitely far more worthy of just a comparison to Philippa Gregory, the ending in my humble opinion did feel slightly rushed but, this does not detract from the story in any shape or form.