This book reminded me of an old Judith Krantz or Fern Michaels saga, where the heroine is caught up in a misery or mystery of someone else's making, and has to claw her way out of it, using only her wit and skills...with maybe a little help from a handsome hero. What I liked best about it was the attention to detail. I really got to know the characters and their world, and genuinely cared about them and their experiences. Even the bad guys were well drawn, eliciting a certain amount of sympathy instead of just being flat, purely evil characters.
I will warn you that this is a long, complicated story. It's not something you're going to finish on a cross-country flight or even in a weekend. It has lots of characters, lots of layers, and lots of events taking place over a period of several months. If you're looking for a short, sweet romance or a bit of chicklit fluff, this is not the book for you. Fortunately for me, long, complicated stories that pull me in and won't let me go are exactly what I like!