To be honest, I think if (when) I read all three books in this series back to back in the future, I will bump up both books two and three from four to five stars. It has been top notch in all areas: romance, class examinations, mysteries, historical fiction set in the 1920s, books about friendship, books about secret agents and spies, suspense novels. Seriously, just in all the things this series sets out to do, it succeeds in. I had so much with it! And I think if I read all three back to back it will just be this lovely story full of momentum and emotional growth and cool historical crap all mixed in higgledy-piggledy.
This one wraps up the dangling story threads from books one and two admirably, and it ties up both Will’s and Kim’s emotional arcs, as well as their relationship, in a very satisfying way. By design, this one brings all the storylines together, and finally introduces Kim’s horrible family into the mix. Oh dear sweet lord, are they terrible. This book features one of the most belligerently stupid yet believable characters I’ve ever had the displeasure of reading about, in Kim’s remaining brother. My only real complaint is that I would have appreciated more scenes with Phoebe and Maisie, because they steal every scene they are in, and I love the friendships they have with Kim and Will.
(Also there are some appearances by multiple characters from Charles’s Think of England books beyond just Daniel da Silva, which made me happy, even if it did take me a while to catch on.)