I don't know what to categorize this book. It's a historical in first person POV and it has romantic overtones, but it's not a romance. It's a mystery, so maybe that's what it should be called. A historical mystery.
Anyway, books 1 and 2 of this series have been sitting on my Kindle for about two years now. I don't know why I was never compelled to read them, but recently my friend, Julianna, started rating them highly so I decided to dive in. And I'm glad I did. What a treat.
Lady Julia is a great, complex character. At some moments I felt so sorry for her, and then at others I was exasperated. Other moments she was hilarious and others she broke my heart.
It bogged at a couple of points in the middle but then something would happen and the whole thing would pick up. By the end I absolutely couldn't put it down.
I didn't solve the mystery before the big reveal, either.
I'm very tempted to jump right to book 2 but I'm going to wait. At least a day or two.
So, remember, it's a historical mystery told in first person POV with romantic overtones but it's not a romance. It's in a category all its own. :)