I usually don't enjoy stories based on Victorian England, except for Amanda Quick's novels. This is a story about a dedicated teacher whose first consideration is protecting and teaching her students. Concordia Glade had Ben raised by unorthodox parents who raised her to find ways to vercome the restrictions society placed upon young women who did not have society ties to protect them, or who were opposed to arranged, loveless marriages.
She was offered a position as headmistress to a school whose students are 4 young girls whose parents recently died and who were brought first to an orphanage and then to this school. It becomes obvious that both she and her students are in danger. While she devises a way of removing the girl's from harms way, they meet a man who provides a way to keep them safe while trying to learn who is trying to hold them prisoners and why.
Like all of Amanda Quick's stories, the characters brink humor and the unexpected to the mystery. I never cease to enjoy the characters, story and sense of rebellion against societies restrictions that these novels present.