My thoughts: I loved this story! I think that friends to sweethearts is one of my favorite tropes, especially when one of the characters has secretly loved the other. I enjoyed getting to know Phoebe as she set out on an adventure after being challenged to do so by her long time friend. When gaining some independence puts her in harms way, as well as into a city where there are quite a few single military gentlemen, Frederick begins to regret his challenge.
I loved the characters and how they grew throughout the course of the story. Both think they know what they want out of life but have that challenged in Brussels. I also thought that the history was fascinating, since I hadn't read a book set during the time period where Napoleon tries to rally his troops again after his initial defeat. This is a well written, engaging read that I enjoyed tremendously!
I received a complimentary copy from the author. This is my honest review.