Jeanine No, she doesn't. The prologue does take place in 1810, to give you an idea of what is currently happening, a teaser of sorts. Then it goes into chapter 1, which is the starting point, in the year 1791. From that point on, the story is in chronological order. The chapters switch narrators, so we see the particular period of time from the viewpoint of either Lavinia or Belle. It is very easy to follow. Also, "hearing" what is going on from the 2 very different women, makes the story that much richer. :)
Kalis Iacon No. The only time we see this is during the "Prologue" which takes place in 1810. The rest of the time you read between the viewpoints of Lavinia and Belle.
Brenna The first chapter occurs in 1810, when Lavinia is grown up, but starting with the next chapter, it continues chronologically.