In the spring of 1917, all of Britain's attention is on the WWI war front and the thousands of young men serving their country on the front lines. Jack Benningham, dashing heir to the Earl of Stonebrooke, is young and able-bodied but refuses to enlist despite the contempt of his peers.
A wealthy young suffragette, Grace Mabry will do anything to assist her country's cause. Men like Jack infuriate her when she thinks of her own brother fighting in the trenches of France, so she has no reservations about handing him a white feather of cowardice at a posh masquerade ball.
But Grace could not anticipate the danger and betrayal set into motion by her actions, and soon she and Hack are forced to learn the true meaning of courage when the war raging overseas suddenly strikes much closer to home and their fervent beliefs become a matter of life and death.
I have a confession to make…I didn't actually finish this one. That's a first for me with these blogger review programs, but let me hasten to add, it wasn't because the book was abnormally bad. It wasn't. There was nothing really wrong with this story, but there was nothing really right either, and that was the problem.
The end actually looked promising, but I just lost interest, plain and simple. I think part of the problem (apart from the typical over-the-top romance) was that the story was written in a rather confusing manner. I couldn't exactly follow the plot twists, because I couldn't make sense of the author's explanations. They seemed vague and a bit conglomerated. But maybe that was just me, and maybe I didn't give the book enough of a chance.
Some good points: the story itself was fairly original, which is a precious rarity in the CFR genre. Set in WWI, involving suffrage, espionage, secrets, and physical deformity, I'm becoming more and more convinced that I really should have stuck with it longer, and mayhap one of these days I'll pick it back up again and read it through properly. I also liked the reference to different classic novels, including Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera! That made my inner fangirl grin;)
So, overall, while for various reasons I didn't actually finish the book, it has promise.