For the first time in a long time, I thought I'd put a very good book on my blog. The story is told by Mariella, a young women who has grown up in London, without actually seeing any of London. She has lead a very sheltered life, that is until her cousin Rosa descends from the North and lives with Mariella and her family. Mariella's fiancee is a doctor and working in the Crimea. Rosa leaves London to nurse in the Crimea, her letters detailing the horror and expressing how she cant seem to do enough to help the soldiers. Suddenly the letters from Rosa stop and no more is heard from her, worried about her cousin and her fiancee, Mariella leaves London to search for them. It is an engrossing story of love, intrique, and war. I can definately recommend this one. I was hooked from start to finish, and once finished, could hardly put it down.