This is really more of a 3.5 to 3.85 book but since I feel it’s worth more than a flat 3.0 it earns a 4.0. Where it shines is the writing style and beautiful descriptions. I feel like I am there experiencing my surroundings while I read those parts. Where I feel it falls short is in keeping the flow going while developing primary characters. Where so many books start out slow and gain momentum this one starts out with a good pace but ends up mired down by the end. The characters could use a bit more fleshing out to feel more authentic and real although they are not terrible as they are. The story is interesting and is what drew me to the book in the first place. Overall this is a decent read and one I can easily recommend to anyone who likes historical fiction. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.