I think this book will appeal to fans of Downton Abbey. It just has that vibe about it and it is roughly the same time period although I think the book might take place a bit earlier than Downtown Abbey. I did enjoy the writing but the book was a bit awkward to hold. It would have been nice to have some flop to it instead of it being a bit stiff but that's just a minor thing and has nothing to do with the contents which are quite engaging.
Annette is attacked and gets rescued by a guy that she is desperate to find the identity of. The villain is very unlikable. I can picture him twirling his mustache and going on about how evil he is complete with the laugh. There's revenge, betrayal, romance and sacrifice. Annette's mom is simply horrible for betraying a person that she should be looking out for. Also this book will likely appeal to fans of Jane Austen since it historical fiction that sucks you in from the start and you just keep on reading. I really like Annette. She's one tough cookie.