The slaying of her beloved father Lord Hugh in his own forest forces fourteen-year-old Lady Anne of Longwood to realize her life has been changed forever. Her father’s love and his treasured lessons in Aristotle’s logic are now only memories, and with mounting dread, she finds herself completely at the mercy of her mother, who wants to betroth Anne in order to augment her own power and wealth. When her mother abruptly sends Anne away to Stowford Castle to live with the earl’s family as a companion to her cousin, the Lady Elizabeth, Anne begins to hear rumors and innuendoes surrounding her mother, and she suspects her mother has led a hidden, secret life. After she learns of her mother’s staggering betrayal of the bargain she made with her about Stowford, Anne plunges into a world of conspiracy and intrigue trying to find the truth about her father’s death. When Anne discovers the frightening power of words to shape and shatter lives, how will she be able to draw on her intelligence and courage to discover who murdered her father -- and to challenge her mother’s ruthless control of her life?
this is all smoke and mirrors. Give me specifics. And poor fatherless smart girls---oh dear dog, when will we see the last of them? Maybe Anne is glad the old geezer is dead because she finds that Aristotle is all Greek to her.