WOW! Jody Hedlund has outdone herself this time! This is by far my favorite book of hers so far. I loved it! (I bet you didn't pick that up, huh?) This is a story that involves a young girl trying to grow up and please everyone but herself. She struggles with memories that are not so favorable toward her mom and her sister and does not want to become like that. She feels just that is happening. There is a war raging around her and inside her. The thing that grabs me about this book is that you really do not know what is going to happen. Even in the very end of the story - you are still unsure. I was sure at one point I wanted it to work out one way, but then I could see that it might be best for all to work out the other way. In other words, I was drawn into the struggle with her. This really provided me an escape to 1814 and I loved being there. The writing is superb and the story line is engaging. What more can I say, but read this for yourself and see how it feels to be a young gal like Angelique. Find out the choice she makes and why. This book gets a 5 star in my book... can I make it any higher?? I certainly would!