Laurel has been asked by her childhood friend Princess Victoria, to discover if her estranged cousin, George Fitzclarence, the first born illegitimate son of the King, is plotting against her in a clandestine way. Laurel, remembering the pledge that she and her sisters made to always be at her beck and call as her “Secret Servants”, accepts Victoria’s plea and is sent off to Bath undercover as the widow Mrs. Sanderson. However, Laurel has a mystery to discover in her own tragic childhood that brings with it danger she never knew to fear.
Allison Chase creates each scene of this historical novel with vivid and precise words that fill each page by painting the intricacies so well that the reader feels as if they are revisiting an old friend. I found myself leaping ahead in chapters and then returning back to my original place to enjoy every aspect of the plot and the delicious building chemistry between Aidan and Laurel. The battle that each of the characters has with their own past, as well as their individual secret missions should work against their ever allowing love into their lives, but sometimes what you have chosen to not have in your life, becomes the one thing you can’t live without.