A brief summary from Bethany House:
Cara Bernay has never fit in. At loose ends in 1881 London after a near tragedy costs her a job, she is befriended by a rising young artist. With his help, she begins planning a new life and developing her own artistic talent. But soon Cara finds herself at odds with the artist’s brother–a handsome but stern earl forcing his brother back to a “respectable” life.
Henry Burke, the Earl of Morestowe, feels the weight of growing financial burdens. His spendthrift and emotionally unstable brother is making matters worse, and Henry needs him back home. Despite misgivings about Cara’s mysterious background, Henry sees she’s a positive influence on his brother and on Henry’s unruly young ward, and he strikes a deal with her to return with them to their estate.
But the family has their own secrets, and when Cara, drawn ever closer to Henry, stumbles onto the truth, she must choose between following her heart and pursuing a bold plan that could bring disaster.
With art consuming her being, Cara Bernay joins a troupe of artists to develop her artistic talent. When one of the other artist’s brother – an earl – shows up demanding him to come home, Cara finds herself swept up in their family drama, forced to turn respectable and responsible.
Cara is that character where you find yourself arguing out loud to while you read because of the things she pulls.. Things that in real life, would most likely end badly, but wonderfully don’t because this is the fiction world. I wish she were a bit more rounded with logic to level out her flighty self; I think it would have made her more believable as a character, to me. Its nice that Henry Burke provides some levity to Cara’s character though.
Overall, this was an good read. It was interesting reading about a female artist in the 1800s trying to learn and hone the craft. I’m looking forward to reading more of Jennifer’s books!
I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from NetGalley and Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.