Oh my goodness. This cover! Okay, now that I’ve stopped gushing about it, onto the story.
The Medeival-esque setting could be a character in itself. It sucked me in, and despite the negatives there, I wanted to live there! It is a young adult novel with realistic characters and catchy dialogue. It is a “clean” story, so you can feel comfortable sharing it with your mom and your daughter. There is just enough mystery to keep the flow, but what I loved best was the romance. Their chemistry flashes. It didn’t feel like your run-of-the-mill historical romance, and there weren’t any bizarre actions like I’ve found in some Harlequin’s. Overall, a very fun story! Anika is a shining character who would be an excellent role model.
(I found it interesting that her family was into cider. I’ve never read a story with that as the business. I love stories that have that unusual tidbit to them.)