This is a historical romance in which the two main characters are from two different classes. Clare, pretty and popular, is looking to marry well and has her sights set on a
duke. She injures her ankle and cannot attend the many dances of the season and get a proposal and marry well as is expected. She meets a young doctor, Daniel, who delivers the news that she cannot dance for a month. They strike up a friendship that turns into a romance.
Clare and Daniel are smart characters. Clare is very bright; she reads the newspaper but has to hide it from her friends and family because it is only important that she marry well. The doctor, Daniel, is written with a lot of detail.
He works in the morgue, lives in a rooming house where his room is full of frogs used in his experiments to find a safer way than using liquid ether for surgery.
Two of Clare's siblings, Geoffrey and Lucy, are written well and move the story along at an enjoyable pace and make the story more than a two-dimensional historical romance. Daniel befriends both Geoffrey and Lucy.
The romance grows slowly in keeping with the time of the story and the fact that both characters think that because they come from different classes, they cannot be together. Her parents in the end just want her to be happy, which is not the normal conclusion that many historical romances take, and that
I enjoyed this book and this author and look forward to the next book, starring sister Lucy.