Julia London writes so well that I normally have her on "auto-buy" but for some reason this series escaped my notice, so I'm late to this party... But I really enjoyed this story. There is a great sense of setting and of the times (though sometimes it seemed we might have slipped into the following century a bit...) and the romance was lovely. I am not sure what was missing but there was a bit of a lack of chemistry between H/h and other characters were not totally explained (like her son -- why was he such a sickly child? why did he get better so fast? I missed something there.) That said, it was a good read even if I won't read it again.