I fell in love with this story and the characters. I wasn't sure about this book when I first saw it. However, my mind has been changed and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to read it. Thank you to Readers First for my advanced reading copy.
I have read a few historical fiction books previously, however never one that was set in 1594 England. The descriptions within the pages brought the setting of London to life and the journey to Padua in Italy. The details were fantastic and has made me look into some of the historical events mentioned throughout the book.
I also really liked the main characters, Dr Nicholas Shelby and his wife Bianca as well as some of the other characters, namely Rose and Ned. I felt the characters were very relatable and went on a journey with them through all their trials and errors, successes and failures.
I really enjoyed reading this book from start to finish. I did find the beginning a little slow to start with, however overall I felt the books was well-paced with enough drama and tension. The ending was particularly heart-breaking and if anything I wish it was a little longer.
Additionally, I thought the book cover was stunning. At first glance I thought it may have been a fantasy book, however after reading the book I feel the cover is very well fitting.
This was the first book in the series that I have read and have now already bought the other three books to catch up on all the events and action leading up to this book, which is the fourth in the series. Although part of a series, it can be happily read as a stand alone book. Hoping there will also be a book five.