I'd not been much of a fan of historical romances before, got put off them at school. I don't recall why I got this book but I'm glad I did. The chracters are properly multidimensional, fully realised, witty and urbane (when they need to be). Although I found myself mentally shouting at Cordelia, the main character, for some of her decisions at various points she was at least consistent in her motivation (I hate when characters do something 'out of character' to resolve a plot point, smacks of a lazy author). The various sub-pliots and intrigues support the main narrative without distracting or slowing the story down.
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