Great start to a new series!
I loved that this has the point of view of the mom and the eight-year-old daughter, Alice. The young girl’s curiosity was spot on, making me chuckle when she spoke her mind or smiled at her inner thoughts.
Her longing to know of and about her father pulled at my mother’s heartstrings. I think the story was well written until the end; some extra twists were thrown in, leaving somewhat of an open ending. Because it’s a series, I’m hoping Alice will uncover her full story in the future. I, for one, want to know the remainder of her family’s secrets. 😉
While not a swoony historical romance, there is a bit of a love story in the mom’s storyline but, hers is more of a single mom trying to make ends meet for herself and twin daughters in an era where being a single mom could cause such a scandal.
The narrator did a fantastic job with voice changes, going from a girl’s voice to the mom’s, the nanny’s, and the male characters involved. She kept me hooked to the end.
I rate it 4/5 stars.
Claire will stop at nothing to provide for her daughters. An unwed mother, she does everything possible to raise them whilst avoiding her scandalous past. Some secrets are best kept, even between mother and daughter.
Alice longs for a father, especially if that means her mother will be happy. She takes matters into her own hands—but she never expected what she finds.
Despite her efforts to shelter her daughters, Claire’s ghosts rise up to haunt her, and any semblance of control over her life vanishes. If her secrets are uncovered, what will become of her family?
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