The primary characters in this book are Genevieve Windham (Jenny) and the up-to-now "sleepy" Elijah Harrison - mysterious artist who was always sleeping in some corner of the ton's ballroom(s) in previous "Windham" books. Actually, I am of the opinion that Elijah had the potential to be my favorite of all the men in the Windham novels as far as personality and pure sweetness - well, perhaps Valentine could have given him a run for his money. But... Ms. Burrowes does some things in this novel that I never quite understood - she seemed to make the storyline more or less one that focused on what I would call "intangible" feelings and emotions in Jenny and to a point, a somewhat incomplete story relative to parts of Elijah's and Jenny's respective "pasts."
For example, there is a certain person brought up from Jenny's past that had a great bearing on her "now" but little detail is given over to the experience. Also, there are some vague comments about Elijah's past in all the places he lived and his years in London but very little detail about the people and events in his life. Rather, the story focuses strictly on the how and why he has chosen to live apart from his family, and has been in fact, somewhat alienated from his Father for the past ten years. This alienation has affected his relationship with his mother and his siblings - all for reasons that have everything to do with massive amounts of pride on Elijah's and his father's part.
I agree with other reviewers that the reason(s) given for Jenny to insist she wouldn't marry Elijah, but rather be determined to go to Paris and live out the life of an artist were somewhat pointless. She did love him and he absolutely loved her. One had the feeling, in fact, that Jenny has been on Elijah's mind and in his heart for years - but then again, we were never given anything substantial to confirm this fact. We were left wondering about it when we read some rather vague remarks that he followed her once after she left the studio where she was taking art lessons, etc. Elijah certainly seemed as thought he had strong thoughts and feelings for Jenny even before he stopped for the night at Lord Kesmore's home to take refuge from the snow, which is where the book begins. If so, we don't know the details of what might have been in his heart - it's more just some fleeting thoughts in Elijah's mind.
All in all, the plot was vague, the rationale of the H/h as they struggled with their feelings about one another and their families was what one would term silly at the least. Also, this book made all the Windhams seem as though they were uncaring people who gave not a rip for Jenny's talents as an artist and never once took her gift seriously throughout all the years. A very strange way to end this series. Although, I do believe the series could continue in some manner if Ms. Burrowes decides to begin writing about all the grandchildren. So, perhaps we will have more during the coming years. If so, I hope she gives us fully fleshed out stories about the characters in the books as she did with Gayle Windham, for example. Although he was not my favorite character in this series, certainly one reading his book felt as though they knew Gayle through and through.