In spite of the name and cover art, this isnt historical fantasy; its really a straight historical fiction with a little mystery thrown in. In fact, it reminded me a bit of A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Maud is an orphan, plain, clever and bad at the Barbary Asylum for Female Orphans, when suddenly to everyones surprise 3 elderly sisters adopt her. Maud is determined to leave behind her bad ways and behave like a lady for the three sisters, one of whom she completely adores at first sight.
Even as it becomes apparent that the sisters arent what they seem to be, Maud is so happy to have a home and family, that shes happy to be a secret child and will do whatever the sisters want of her&.or will she?
This was a good read, Maud is enchanting and realistic and the writing was very good and the plot moved right along. It was interesting to revisit that time period in American history. Ill be looking for more novels from this author.