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Reviewed in the United States on July 8, 2021
I thought it was outstanding. Tense, taut and riveting, I was too caught up in the story to put it down. Turns out going to Ireland for a wedding is more like walking across a minefield partially blindfolded as Bess deals with political undercurrents that are (somewhat) foreign to her while dealing with a mostly hostile group of people. Mostly. She finds a few allies, winning them over with her compassion, intelligence and sensible Bess ways. Plus help from a not unexpected source, a real bonus for readers. Finally (finally!!) there is movement on the personal front. Fingers crossed this movement continues in the right direction and isn't dragged out over the next 12 books as they are doing in their Ian Rutledge series. (!) The characters, both familiar and new, are fully realized people who bring that something extra to the story. Especially the senior Mrs. Flynn and Terrence, even Major Dawson and Niall. But this book, this is why I'm still reading the series, 12 books in.