I received this book for free by Tyndale House Publishers for an honest review. The main character is Julia and the setting is in the early 1800's in England. After the suicide of her mother, Julia is trying to determine the best financial options to her. Of course during this time period, the only real option was marriage. She tries to elicit help in choosing a husband, and various people have different views on who the husband should be or not be. Old friends, pacts, schemes all try to play a part in her decision. With all of this, you get the feeling that Julia is aware that something is amiss, but has no idea what it is. In some instances, this led to the detriment of her situation, which was not the original intent of those "trying" to help her. Throughout the whole book in various different situations, I was trying to determine what was really "behind the scenes". From start to finish this book, keeps you on your toes with the various mysteries and agendas of the characters. I don't want to give too much away, so I know my review is a little vague. This book is one that you want to read in just one setting. This is the first book in a series. I rank it 5 out of 5. Here is more information on the book. My only complaint is later on with so many characters, they would change from using a persons last name to first name, and then I was trying to remember who had that first name.