I'm not going to rehash the story line as so many other wonderful reviewers have already done that for you. I will say that this is my first novel by Chadwick that I have read and based on this novel alone, I am eager to run out and gobble up as many as I can! The story was rich, the characters well-defined (I REALLY DETESTED ALINE AND CHEERED WHEN HE GOT AN ANNULMENT AND THEN MARRIED SYBILLA), and the history was factual. I looked it up briefly to see how much was fact and how much fiction. I cannot see anyone being disappointed in this novel. Wonderful story telling, lovely romance, political intrigue, and vibrant characters.