This novel is definitely one of Samantha James' best. Having been thrilled with "Gabriel's Bride", and a little disappointed with "One Moonlit Night" and "My Lord Conqueror", I approached this novel with some trepidation. However, my fears were largely unfounded. This book delivers, not only in terms of the plot, but also in the development of the characters. Morgan and Elizabeth are wonderfully memorable together (especially the scene in which she bids him leave for New York), yet James' still makes the reader feel almost sorry for Nathaniel, the dastardly reprobate of the story. I did not want to put this book down, and was certainly sorry to have come to the end of it. I would definitely put this book up as a keeper - it's a real toecurler.