Adela Tilden has always been more ambitious than her station in life might allow. A minor nobleman’s daughter on a failing barony, Adela’s prospects seem dire outside of marrying well-off. When Adela catches the eye of the crown prince, Edward, however, well-off doesn't seem to be a problem. Thrown into a world of politics and intrigue, Adela might have found all the excitement she ever wanted—if she can manage to leave her past behind.
I love Historical novels, and this book was no exemption. Adela Tilden is very ambitious, and will do anything necessary to climb up the hierarchy. Although Adela is the protagonist of the story, I had mixed feelings about her. I usually love female characters with ambition, but as Adela was seemingly dating men of high social ranking to climb the ladder herself, I felt myself feeling sorry for the men who fell in love with her. There are a few cases where it is clear that she does not love them, although they love her, and consequently she ends up breaking their heart. I did however enjoy the ending, as she seems to come back down to earth slightly, even though she is still ambitious and not altogether a likable character. Men are drawn to her beauty, and she uses this to her advantage to get what she wants.
Sadly Adela is not a character who I cared for, although I loved some of the male characters, particularly Antony. At the start of the novel, I thought that Adela and Antony would make a good couple, but as the novel progressed and Adela's ambitions became more clear, I felt that Antony deserved someone who did not sleep around to get what she wants. Jessica Dall is a good writer, and I overall enjoyed the book, but for a novel to really grip me, I have to fall in love with the characters. Unfortunately, this was not the case with Adela, as I disliked her lack of sympathy for the other characters, and particularly that she was comparing her beauty to other women, and silently mocking them for not being as beautiful as her. Adela is vain and egotistic, and I feel that if she wasn't so beautiful, men would not so easily fall in love with her. I loved the setting and the overall plot of the book, but the characters let it down slightly as a whole.
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