This was a classic rags to riches fairy story, a touch of romance, the wicked step mother (here a scheming aunt) and all the pointers to a nice read for a weekend.
Isabel and her step sister Lizzie are at a rather disciplined school where the possibility of dreaming is not encouraged. They are expected to be pragmatic and practical about their future. An arrival of an unheard of family, being welcomed with open arms into a family seems like something out of a fairy story. A comfortable life but why is her aunt pushing her into a marriage so soon, almost on her arrival.
The family has a lot of secrets, and there is a lot of untold stories surrounding them, Not just them but also the environment they live in. Separating facts from fiction is rather hard for Isabel and she has to depend on the only family and security she knows. Whether it will end well or not is something even she cannot imagine. All she knows is that she does not trust the man chosen for her by her Aunt, and refusing her aunt in this is going to create friction and dissension in the family.
A very well told story with several different elements. Not just romance, but also mystery and myths.
I enjoyed it very much.
Sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Thomas Nelson FICTION.