This book wasn’t a bad read but it also wasn’t the greatest read. Set in England 1915, Lora Jones, a 16 year old orphan, is offered a lifetime chance to go to an elite boarding school on the Southern coast of England. She meets two young men, Jesse, the groundskeeper and Armand, the Duke. Although Lora is drawn and completely head over for Jesse, there is a connection between her and Armand (this is something the author hinted to but doesn’t say what it is).
This isn’t just a triangle love story. Lora isn’t exactly what everyone thinks she is. Although the reader finds out really fast it doesn’t take away from the story but it does take away from the characters. When Jesse (because he knows the “real” Lora) tells Lora who she is, she isn’t surprised nor does she fight it. She freaks a bit out but she accepts it for the most part. It didn’t take much effort for Jesse to convince her. Granted he did prove his point very well, I still wishing to see some fight in her. Lora is a spunky character with a smart mouth but you don’t really see that when things get right down to it.
Also Jesse was way to calm for me and too one dimensional. All you saw was his concern, his kind heart no spark no anger nothing with passion. Although he is described as an attractive man, his actions didn’t leave much to the imagination. I’m not saying that he should have had a dark past but there needed to be passion from him and there wasn’t any.
As for Armand he is a spoiled brat that tried to hide his past and use it to win Lora. His part in this book didn’t grow until the end which is okay because it sets up the next book, I believe.
The author did a good job with the setting. It was detailed and I had no problem picturing where Lora was running to and from. The ending was a bit of a disappointment because it left you hanging with too many questions. Granted there is a second book which I will be reading, it still lacked.
This book gets a 6 out of 10. The character stalled more than the book.