I struggled so much with this book. I purchased it because of the only comment in GR says "if you like Victoria Holt, you will like this book." Well, I should say that people shouldn't compare Gothic authors with VH so much and so lightly. This book (and style/heroine/story/etc) is nothing like VH. Heroine was bland, the story was so boring, I had a hard time remembering who was who the next day once I re-started my reading. I cannot say one positive thing about this book (other than it was cheap, thankfully).