Well. I think I need about 97 more days to recover from this book. Actually, let’s go ahead and make that about 532.
BECAUSE OH MY WORD.
I don’t even know where to start.
“I swallowed, wondering if all dreams turned to dust the moment they were realized.”
Having finally discovered the truth of her birthright, Julia Elliston is determined to outwit Chance Macy at his own game. Holding a secret he’d kill to keep, however, is proving more difficult than she imagined.
Just when Julia thinks she’s managed to untangle herself from Macy’s clutches, he changes tactics with a risky ploy. As the scandal of the century breaks loose, drawing rooms all over London whisper what so far newspapers have not dared to print: Macy’s lost bride is none other than Lord Pierson’s daughter—and one of the most controversial cases of marital law ever seen comes before Victorian courts.
Though Julia knows Macy’s version of events is another masterful manipulation, public opinion is swaying in his favor. Caught in a web of deceit and lies, armed only with a fledgling faith, Julia must face her fiercest trial yet.
I’ll start by saying I loved the characters Dotta created. Some were funny, some quirky, some even yet mysterious and even if I didn’t like certain people, I loved how Dotta created them. I especially adored Jameson and Nancy in this book. You couldn’t help but connect strongly with so many of them, especially after three books of being with them. I didn’t want it to end! (If this is your first encounter with Dotta’s, definitely start with the first book in the series).
I wasn’t sure what would await in this final book (there were so many shockers in the first two), but let me tell you! I didn’t see things coming and when they did, boom! I was emotionally spent when I finished, but I mean that in the best possible way.
“None of us have escaped being both good and evil, sometimes simultaneously.”
It’s been awhile since I’ve had a legitimate book crush (my fellow book nerds will understand that and how it’s totally not weird ;), so here’s the thing: I simply love Isaac Dalry. He’s become a favorite, if not my favorite. That’s saying a lot when battling Mark of the Lion‘s Marcus..but y’all. Love. Him. Such compassion, understanding, love and loyalty. He has his faults, but even those make him great.
“He stood on the table and gave a speech about how the impossible was our forte and when we accomplished the impossible, history would carry our names until the end of time.”
But I need to stop talking about him…you simply must meet him for yourself.
Have I mentioned Dotta’s writing ability? Dotta has managed to create such layered characters, it’s amazing.
“Shame will unmake and warp any soul.”
If you read my last review, you’ll know I wasn’t sure to make of our Julia. After reading this book, I think I finally understand her. Do I still agree with some of the things she did? Not really, but after reading this book, I see why. I also understand the pain and regret of bad decisions (don’t we all?) and there were certain parts where I keenly felt what she was feeling. I liked that our heroine wasn’t one everyone adored. It made it more real.
Plus does Dotta knows how to craft beautiful sentences!
“I felt the pathos of David’s lament to such a degree that even to this day I cannot look upon that Psalm without growing teary.”
In case you didn’t notice, I’m a fan! This is hands down one of my favorite series I’ve ever read. It’s the type of fiction I hope to see more of and thank you Jessica Dotta for writing such a powerful and incredible story.
What’s a recent series that impacted you long after you finished reading?
(Thank you to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)