This book started slow, but ended up being both sweet and philosophical. A team of time travelers are sent to see if they can meet Jane Austen. They are assigned to befriend her and to locate a manuscript that is thought to be lost. Of course the directive to alter history as little as possible and the social customs of 19th century England made this somewhat difficult. Overall I am glad I stuck out the tea parties, carriage rides, and dress fittings of the beginning of the novel, as the end, with it’s thought provoking questions about time travel and changing history, has really stuck with me.
Anne is a young mother who has lived through the suicide of both her parents. Then she receives a note making her think it wasn’t suicide at all. Were her parents really murdered? This book has many twists and turns, great secondary characters, and a plot that picks up speed as it goes, making it hard to put down. My only complaint is a bit of a glum final wrap up for the characters. Otherwise this might be the best novel by Mackintosh. A big Thank You to NetGalley for giving me an Advance Reading Copy.