An historical fiction with plots as finely woven as a spider's web.
At first I was attracted by this novel through the design of its beautiful cover. Then, by reading the synopsis, I thought I would access to an historical romance with many twists. This was not entirely the case because the romantic part is sweet and pure and will stay like that. No hot passionate love affair.
If the first is part of Charlotte's past, the ordeals they fought together have forged an unbreakable bond between the duo. Luke is dangerous, passionate, possessive and does not follow the rules or laws. He also kept many secrets to protect Charlotte. But n
ow that the past seems to return to the surface and that the plots are increasing, he has the people and ressources to keep an eye on Charlotte and keep her from all dangers.
On the other hand, Edward is the opposite of the young woman. He does not match the image he returns and does not behave like most of his peers. At a time, when women were badly considered, the noble appreciate the voluntary nature, the repartee and quick wit of Charlotte. When he discovers her dark past, he also sees the courage and strength she showed.
Caught in the webs of a plot against their will, they will team up to try to outsmart one of the plots that hit England and France under Napoleon.
By turns in the seedy parts or in the elegant ballrooms of London, the reader follows with attention the many clues to understand the plot. Quite dark, Michelle Diener's writing is not kind nor watered. The author portrays human weaknesses with the right light without falling into unnecessary pathos.
A novel enjoyable for puzzle lovers.