This is an excellent story of how to judge someone from external appearances can be very misleading and has the very real potential of hiding their true character and nature. A lesson relevant to all societies and periods.
Characters and scenes are well described enabling readers to visualise each as they read. The twists and turns as well as good pace keep the pages turning with a desire to know where the story is going and what will happen. Empathy with the protagonist is readily created.
Not only is this an enjoyable tale but it also throws light upon the times (1817): architecturally and socially. This is especially true with regard to how men generally viewed women, in particular unmarried ones (spinsters).
At one hundred and forty-three pages this is not an overlong book and the short, concise, chapters make for an easy, pleasant read. Though, as said, the chapters are short, they do their job well with just the right amount of information and detail.
Four Stars (4*).
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Suzy Stewart Dubot is a prolific author who writes in a variety of genre with books of all lengths. A few have been previously reviewed in this website and the author has participated in an author interview.