Jenny Barden's book about the attempt to found an English colony in Virginia has great descriptions of Tudor life and a fine cast of characters. And the plotting is strong - beginning with a dramatic event that throws the heroine into danger. The two leading characters both have a dark secret from their past which limits their freedom of action. And the development of the love affair is well told - with misunderstandings and irritants and doubts on both sides. Jenny Barden does not hold back in expressing the passion of the relationship, which is all the more intense against the backdrop of the likely extinction of the colonists. She is also very strong in her descriptions of action and battle scenes - and of the landscapes of the southern American seaboard. Just occasionally I felt that the lyrical pictures of natural scenery might be more in the eye of the author than of the character passing through them. This book is a good read with guilty secrets to be uncovered and plenty of action as it rolls towards its climax. And it's full of sharp historical detail. The only reservation I have is that the story is so tightly focused on the two main characters and their needs, that occasionally I lost the sense of a wider, messier historical reality. But overall a terrific evocation of a heroic age and a grand love affair.