Author: Melanie Dickerson
Publisher: Waterfall Press
My rating is 4 stars.
This story is set in London in the year 1811. Julia Grey is the ward of Mr. and Mrs. Wilhern. She has grown up with their daughter Phoebe and been given a good education and social standing due to her association with the Wilherns. Phoebe has her heart set on marrying Nicholas Langdon and enlists Julia’s help in encouraging Nicholas to pay Phoebe attention and perhaps gain his favor. Julia has always tried to follow the rules of society and has felt indebted to the Wilherns as they took her in at a young age and raised her after the death of her parents. In gratitude for their care, Julia agrees to try to steer Nicholas in Phoebe’s direction. However, she sees Nicholas sneak out of her uncle’s office and soon learns her world is about to be changed forever.
Nicholas Langdon is on leave from the army recuperating from war injuries. He is shortly due to be sent back to his unit. He has one more duty to perform before leaving and that is delivering a diary of a soldier who was in the camp hospital with Nicholas. The young soldier was dying and asked Nicholas to deliver the diary upon his return to England. Nicholas tries to deliver it, but is assaulted by two thieves who steal the diary. Fortunately, Nicholas has made a copy and delivers this. Upon deciphering the copy, the authorities discover a plot to murder General Wellington. Suspicion turns to Phoebe’s father, but proof is needed so Nicholas is granted leave from his unit to find proof.
I thought the author did a good job of engaging me and holding my interest in the story. Julia is a gentle, refined woman with the best interests of others always in the forefront. She has a distant relationship with God, but as the story progresses she relies more on Him. As tensions mount, she is finally able to see how the Wilhern family really sees her. She is willing to risk her life for her country and to save Nicholas from an assassination attempt. I enjoyed the conversations between Nicholas and Julia as well as watching their romance develop. Julia’s optimism and selflessness were admirable.
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