Historical books are not always my first choice for reading material, but when I learned how well the author researches her characters and how some of them are not all that far from her family tree I decided to give this book a chance. I am very glad that I did. I loved Martha Beale right away. She is no high society lady who is afraid to make a fuss, nor is she that woman all the other women talk about while shaking their heads sadly. Martha has her manners with her at all times, but that said she is more than willing to push the limits to get to the heart of the matter and get it taken care of. I won’t say much about the actual plot since it is a mystery, but the main plot point of the novel is that Martha’s father goes missing on his morning walk and from that moment on something is amiss in Martha’s world and she will put it right as best she can. Martha is spunky and gutsy and wonderful.