With Britain caught up in WWI, Jack Benningham, heir to the Earl of Stonebrooke, has declared himself a conscientious objector. Instead, he secretly works for the Crown by tracking down German spies on British soil, his wild reputation and society status serving as a foolproof cover.
Blinded by patriotism and concern for her brother on the front lines, wealthy suffragette Grace Mabry will do whatever it takes to assist her country’s cause. When she sneaks into a posh London masquerade ball to hand out white feathers of cowardice, she never imagines the chain of events she’ll set off when she hands a feather to Jack.
And neither of them could anticipate the extent of the danger and betrayal that follows them–or the faith they’ll need to maintain hope.
I just didn’t connect with this book. The concept is fascinating and the cover is stunning, and I’ve heard fabulous things about “For Such a Time As This” (which I still need to read), but this book didn’t grab my attention for two main reasons: I’m not a fan of characters who have all the answers and I prefer more plot.
There’s a lot of time spent showing Grace analyze everyone’s situation, then offering her advice on how to fix things; granted it doesn’t always work out well, but I would have preferred to see more interaction between Grace and Jack (or more of the hunt for the spy). There’s also a lot of reflection; characters thinking about what happened and how that might impact them or what they could have done differently. Instead, I would have liked to see more happening. For me, those two elements made it a slow read.