The story flowed seamlessly between past and present. The narrator's ability to portray multiple characters was superb. The combination of two love stories and the history associated with these characters drew me in and kept me for the entire time.
The characters in this story became inseparable from each other across two timelines. It was impossible to think of Anna without her connection to Nicola. Nicola's personal struggle with her gift added more depth to the story.
I saw pictures of the characters via her inflection, her pace, her timing. She navigated the characters with precision and mastery.
Empress Catherine. I would want to know how she dealt with both the loss of her love and the burden of running a country.
Highly recommend this book. I never write reviews. I felt that this book deserved it!
Cute, Funny, Surprise-less
Bertie, Georgianna's brother has the most amazing sense of entitlement I have ever seen. It's alternately hilarious and aggravating.
When Georgie is stuck outside the window after trying to retrieve evidence from the dead man's room, she shows a quick wit by pretending to be a maid who was going the extra mile for her employer.
Lots of class, not much cash - learning to live as a pauper royal.
The idea of Georgie's time as a maid could have been more fully developed. It was actually the most fun part of the book. After reading the book's title, I was expecting her to get orders from the queen to spy on the people she was working for.The queen seemed to know a lot about what was going on, so it wouldn't be a stretch for her to know what Georgie was up to and to use it for her own ends. That would have give the book more mystery. It was fun and enjoyable , but predictable.
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