The story of Katy, Jem, Lionel, Ariadne, Cassandra and many others tells a tale based in a historical time. War makes friends of many otherwise separated by class and geography. The characters were fully developed and I felt like I was right there with them – I could hear the bombs and smell the gangrene. Katy suffers through so many tragic losses in her young life, but is a true lady (even without the title or class). She perseveres and moves past each loss in a unique mournful way but holds onto hope. This is a book that will make you believe in true love.
If I had any criticism of the book, it would be that a proofreader could have done a final read through and cleaned it up a bit. It was not unreadable by any means, but more typos than I like to see in a book.
If you enjoy historical romance, this is a must read. If you enjoy a good story that follows someone through several years, this is a must read.