Sophie DuPont is a little bit of a spot. And now Stephen Overtree is offering her the respectability his brother failed to provide when he deserted her without a proper goodbye. With scandal closing in Sophie weds the rather imposing Stephen (who believe he is soon to die) and attempts to settle into a life of hard decisions and sad memories. Upon arrival at the family home Sophie soon finds that not everyone is as understanding as Stephen has been and with dark secrets lurking in corners and walls it isn’t long before Sophie stumbles upon harsh realities.
What can I say – it’s a Julie Klassen story. With a little bit of gothic-ness, a little bit of history, a little bit of flawed judgement and whole heck of a lot of regret, she created a well-rounded story that examines messed up personalities and less-than-perfect heroes. Like any story written by Julie Klassen I read it one sitting. Not as fantastic as some of her other stories, but still an engrossing read.
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