I do enjoy Rhys Bowen's stand alone novels. She puts so much work into filling in the historical details and fleshing out the characters. A lot of this book turns on fortuitous circumstances that the heroine takes advantage of; but she is a strong woman who looks at her place in life and at the opportunities offered her by chance, and decides which will help her to create a happy life. She also is not afraid to push back firmly when offered an opportunity she does not want. I thoroughly enjoyed taking a vacation from my life to spend some time with the royal household in England and southern France.