I don’t usually read romance and I don’t usually read novellas, but this one came recommended. It is only in the first third that is really romantic anyways, and even then it comes infused with an enormous amount of suspense. Everyone involved seems to have a secret. The second two-thirds of the book rapidly become an ever-accelerating roller-coaster ride of intrigue as first one character – then another – gains the upper hand. Elizabeth is not the only one with a betrayal. There are many. Featuring witches, vampires, and powerful water-dwelling entities named limnades, it is magical from beginning to end.
On the negative side, the ending was a little too avant-garde for my simple tastes, leaving some things unresolved before jumping into a short flashback that had nothing (directly) to do with the story. Then again, a lot of people like that sort of thing. I’d say more, but it would give away the twist it takes from fantasy-horror into historical fiction – and it is twisty.