Mary travels north to become governess to the young stepsister of the master of Liversedge Mill. But she is very early introduced to the depredations of the Luddites, and is put in the unenviable position of having a bit of a foot in both camps, with her employer on one side and her cousin and his friends on the other. As the violence escalates, she must choose who to support - but to turn from either seems impossible.
I really enjoyed this book, as having a mix of romance, history and thought-provoking issues, with good writing and a well-managed storyline to bring it all together. This is an author I'll be looking for more by. Highly recommended to fans of clean historical romance.
Characters: Well drawn, though William in particular is not your standard character, being far too temperamental. But the gradual development of the romance works well with the characters. Storyline: Good, pace is good and various issues are brought out well as part of the dialogue. Content and language: Clean (one kiss that is hardly even described), with some violence in the background of the story, but nothing graphic. Language is good overall, I don't recall any particular issues. Message: No particular message, but some thought-provoking discussion of what I guess were the beginnings of the union movement - enough to show that there's no simple answer.
Note that I received a complimentary copy of the book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review and this is my considered opinion of the book.