I received a KINDLE copy of this book through a recent LibraryThing and the following is my honest opinion.
To begin with the author has used British English in the writing of her book, which is understandable since she lives in the UK. While I’ve read/reviewed several books using it; I, for one, didn’t know that the word “BASQUE” is an article of clothing similar to a bodice or long corset, rather than a language/people of a certain portion of France.
There’s definitely a story wanting to be told here but unfortunately the author has made the common mistake of telling her readers practically every event in the story as well as telling them how a character is feeling and what they’re thinking. In the past I had written items for a community newspaper for a few years so I know this is an acceptable method of telling and presenting the facts related to a particular story.
This journalistic attribute is shown in this book by the author’s dating each chapter and even giving us the time it is taking place. This book is supposedly a work of fiction; however a fictional novel is supposed to create the illusion for its readers being there in the story, seeing and hearing everything that’s happening without actually being told by the author.
Given the above, the best I can give this book is 3 STARS.