This is a nice romance novel. It is the second in a series, but I have not read the first book and understood the story just fine. Each one of the books follows a different character, so this one can be read as a standalone novel if you didn't read the first one. The beginning makes you think you missed something important, and you kind of did, but you catch on right away and then the story flows nicely.
This is a quick read and I don't remember any swearing or sex scenes. The story is a bit predictable, in the romance novel kind of way; a beautiful damsel in distress who needs to be saved by her knight in shining armor (though he is not actually a knight). The beau doesn't care if she doesn't have her fortune, and she doesn't care that he doesn't have much inheritance, really none at all. The plot keeps you on your toes and you want to yell to James, "no, don't go; Jane needs you!!" more than once during the course of the story. There is the side story of Jane's friend, Milly and her relationship with Diego, a black servant, which was quite scandalous in that day; and also the introduction of Milly's friend Christopher (Kit) Turner who likes her and tries to cause a bit of trouble for some of the characters in the story.
There is absolutely no way that you can like Jane's father, her brother, or her stepsons. At times it seems as though there is no one on her side, except Milly. I don't want to give away any more of the story, but it is good and I am eager to read the first one in the series and the third one as well.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good love story, but also to anyone who may not feel comfortable with the sex scenes that are typically found in romance novels. I think this would be appropriate for a high school student, though I am not sure that as a teacher I would recommend a romance novel to students as classroom reading.
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