This book didn't thrill me as did "The Edge of Impropriety". It was a good, solid book. I liked Mary and Kit very much, and I was glad to see their growth from their first year of marriage to nine years later. The author did a very good job of allowing them to find one another again - to find more than just passion and excitement, but to find reality and warmth and real love.I'd never known the history of the government trying to stir up rebels amongst the under classes. It was quite an eye-opening!But the childish crush stuff with Fannie and Betts/Elizabeth... it made sense and then again, it didn't.Regardless, it was a good book.