I greatly enjoyed this book and was intrigued from the moment I made it past page 2. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and sometimes, I feel that the authors don't always get the feeling of what it was really like in that time period. Though I will never know for sure, what the United States was like in the 1900's, I know that what I read in Becky Lower's book seemed extremely realistic and true to the point. I enjoyed the witty repartee and intelligent conversations between the characters and was easily transported to the many different events happening in the book. It didn't take me very long before I was feeling what Rosemary was feeling and I, too, was worried about the future of her dime novels. I loved that the characters were each their own personality and were able to keep me entertained even when they weren't scripted with each other. We were able to really get a chance to know not only Henry and Rosemary, but Rosemary's family as well, and I thought it helped add to the depth of character.
I absolutely loved the different little tidbits of information that were included in the pages of this book. Becky Lower did a fabulous job of incorporating fencing terminology and painting a picture of the type of man and character Henry was. I also enjoyed the French she would slip in from his time in New Orleans.
After reading it and then re-reading it, I don't really have anything I would list as something that should have been changed. It was a great "can't put it down until I'm finished" book that I know I will enjoy again.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romantic historical fiction. It was an easy read, but it was still able to capture your attention and give you connection with the characters.
This is a book with a wonderful aroma, fragrant bouquet, and a pleasant aftertaste, that offers satisfaction and entertainment. I would most certainly read it again and will be recommending it to as many people as possible.