I really enjoy Ms. Milan’s work. She’s smart, funny, doesn’t focus on quite so typical historical romance angles, and is just a pleasure to read most of the time (including this one).
The unusual aspect to this book is the fact that the heroine is half black. At first glance at the cover, I didn’t even notice because the woman just looked tan to me, but once I got further in and discovered the clear fact that she was darker complected, I went back and looked at the cover and yes, the model on the cover is not white anglo-saxon. Beautiful cover though.
I enjoyed Rose and her fascination with numbers. I loved how her boss astronomer called her his computer (she computes figures for him). Her challenges weren’t imagined, especially when she pictured what life might be like if she and Stephen were to get married. They would have a very hard life, given the lesser intelligence/species that black people were thought of as in the time period.
I loved how Stephen found himself so fascinated by Miss Sweetly (and loved the “I love it when you talk Sweetly to me’ – which is how he refers to Rose’s occasional mathematical ramblings). He learns all about astronomy just so he can have a chance to talk to her more, and then his telescope evening with her…ahhh, such sweet romance there.
All in all, this was a lovely book, though I don’t think I remember any real ties to the other Brothers Sinister novels but maybe I just missed it. Still, for any fan of Ms. Milan’s, they don’t want to miss this book. It’s good.