Better than previous book (Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal). Didn't quite have that "something" that the first 4 books did. I will admit I was worried about Joseph's secret(s) (I mean, really?!), but it ended well. I liked the reason behind them and it showed his compassion/kindness/empathy (rare for a guy in the time frame this book is set in). This was different and it worked in this one. I also enjoyed Louisa's secret and how it was embraced by Joseph. The big issue, for me, is it took forever to get to the point. I enjoyed the appearances of the rest of the family and their antics.