The Edwardian period is beautifully described. The history is accurate as are the customs and the dialog. I thought the author did an excellent job of bringing the period to life. Many portrayals of the Edwardian period, like Downton Abbey, tend to show the luxury and beauty of the period. This book shows the luxurious life style, but it also shows how difficult and unfair life could be even at the top of society.
The characters are well drawn. I loved Prudence and Victoria. Prudence is a good person caught in a trap not of her own making. Victoria very much wants to be her own person and make her own way. She's trapped not only by her class, but her asthma. Rowena is a weak person. She doesn't want to be, but she vacillates and is unable to carry out the plans she knows are right. She drifts; as a result, others suffer. While I didn't like all the characters, I thought the author did a good job of bringing them to life.
I highly recommend this book if you like historical fiction, particularly of the Edwardian Period. This book is a treat.
I reviewed the book for Net Galley.