Author: Jessica Dotta
Publisher: Tyndale House
Publication Date: January 1st, 2015
Having finally discovered the truth of her birthright, Julia Elliston is determined to outwit Chance Macy at his own game. Holding a secret he’d kill to keep, however, is proving more difficult than she imagined.Review:
Just when Julia thinks she’s managed to untangle herself from Macy’s clutches, he changes tactics with a risky ploy. As the scandal of the century breaks loose, drawing rooms all over London whisper what so far newspapers have not dared to print: Macy’s lost bride is none other than Lord Pierson’s daughter—and one of the most controversial cases of marital law ever seen comes before Victorian courts.
Though Julia knows Macy’s version of events is another masterful manipulation, public opinion is swaying in his favor. Caught in a web of deceit and lies, armed only with a fledgling faith, Julia must face her fiercest trial yet.
I have to start off by saying...I don't know where to begin with this review. This book took me every where and I don't think all of it will ever truly sink in. I think I need to go into mourning after finishing this book. I hated to see it end. This book emotionally gutted me...especially the ending...Oh, that ending. I will not say more on it, just good heavens, I didn't see it coming! Y'all need to read it!!!!
It's been a full 24 hours since I finished this book. I still haven't moved past it. Goodness, this story had everything and kept me guessing through it all. I could not point out and say, "such and such is going to happen..." then watch it happen...nope, quite the opposite. I was left dumbfounded and questioning how is anything going to work out? It was the best puzzle I have ever tried to figure out.
As you can probably tell, this book was spectacular. The story twisted and turned and danced its way through the book. The characters have shown growth and change...well, all but one, I will get to that in a little bit. Julia, Edward, and Issac have been flushed out. You are at the point that you care for them and are rooting for them. You can understand where they are and why they think the way they do.
I was a little hesitant with Julia's thoughts in the previous book, but it plays into how this series works. She was still in transition and what she thought wasn't fully where it needed to be, since she was still learning. Here, she has come into her own. She understands more and now has the ability to fight.
Edward, I was leery of him in the first book with his rough and forceful way of speaking to people, but then he was humbled in the second book, and finally, we get to know who he really is and why Julia has cared for him so long in this book.
And Issac...ok, he hasn't changed, he is just as fabulous as he has always has been. Plus, we get to see his sweet family again. Not as much, but enough to love the support they offer to Julia. Issac, Lord Dalry is best. That is all there is to it.
The other character that hasn't changed is Forrester. He is a worm. I think I despise him as much as I despised Umbridge in Harry Potter. Good Grief! Nothing positive ever came out of his mouth and I kind of liked him less them Macy. And that is saying something.
Macy as a character isn't around much in this book, which is amazing, considering the force of power he shows. It is truly impressive the range this man has over most of London society. And he knows how the use the press to his advantage. It is pretty spectacular in how he handles things, in his dark and sinister way.
I enjoyed this series to no end. Each book added on more and more info to flush out the characters and it brought you in and experience everything that Julia did. I loved the darker feel of this book. It had the same feeling as the classic Gothic romances like Jane Eyre, but the wonderful heroes of Jane Austen.
If you haven't read this series yet, you need to.
5 out of 5
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Thank you to the Tyndale Blogger Network, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.