My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I found the story engrossing – mostly because I was trying to figure out if it would end up as a tragedy or a romance, but also because many of the period details tied in with other things I’ve been reading and *cough* Masterpiece Theatre productions. There were plenty of similarities to The Buccaneers, which I must confess to watching, not reading. Other things tied in with details of Victorian life from At Home: A Short History of Private Life, which I’m currently listening to.
Unfortunately, I never found the characters particularly appealing – we had plenty of insight into Cora’s mind, but I never found her very sympathetic, and neither was Bertha. Ivo remained an enigma for most of the story, and the resolution was a bit tidy. Overall, though, I enjoyed the book and its atmosphere – recommended if you like these kinds of period dramas.
Source: public library