I really enjoyed this book. I thought the telling of the story from 3 different viewpoints was very effective. I felt totally immersed in another era. I have studied this period of history but this book brought it to life. I found the story at turns funny, sad and ultimately uplifting. I read the book in a few days and, if I had a help of my own to do all the cooking, cleaning and childcare for me, would happily have sat and read it cover to cover in one sitting.