This is an amusing and witty book. I like all of Patricia Gaffney's books; they are well-researched and highly-entertaining. Unlike many books of this genre, the characters are not perfect. You want to applaud them on one page and then scold them on the next. Sophie is pretty but her beauty is not emphasized on every page to the point where it interrupts the flow of the story. Unlike heroines in, for example, Judith McNaught's books where the heroines lack irony and you suspect would be tiresome to be around in real life, you would welcome an acquaintance with Sophie by the end of the book after she goes through a positive character transformation. Connor, the hero, is also unlike most "rugged and handsome but loner" heroes with a lot of money that you find in other romance books. He's someone who is not always sure he's doing the right thing for the right reasons. This book is part of a trilogy but it can be read on its own. You might like reading all the books in the Wyckersley trilogy though because you'll enjoy reading about all the characters as their lives intertwine around the river Wyck (or Wick?) in England around the turn of the century. To Have and to Hold is a particularly different romance book. Sebastian, the "hero" is about as unlikable as a "hero" can get at the start of this book and it's absorbing to read how he turns his life around by the end of the book.