As generally happens with books in series, I liked the first one best. I like the historical fiction of this series enough to wade through the romance (it's by an LDS author and about LDS people so it's squeaky clean). It's good enough to finish out the series (there is a 3rd). As a side note, the model on the cover is my little sister's good friend (a mutual friend of theirs designed the cover). That was a little weird for me to see a personal acquaintance on a book cover!