Elissande Edgerton has been living a lie for many years, trapped in a household with her ailing but beloved aunt and tortured by her vindictive uncle, Edmund Douglas. Spencer, the Marquess of Vere, is also trapped but it is in a role of his own devising, undertaken so that he can be of use to the Crown. Lord Vere seems to be a singularly undemanding and somewhat dense man ever since his severe riding accident in the past resulted in a concussion. Each of these two is desperate to leave the role that society is used to seeing them occupy but neither can see an easy solution. His At Night by Sherry Thomas is a story filled with contradictions between characters’ apparent desires and their true concerns. Lord Vere imagines his ideal woman but once he thinks that he has finally found her he discovers that he is trapped in a lie of his own devising. Elissande thinks that she has found someone who could be her savior only to discover that he would be no match for her conniving uncle. Unraveling all of the lies could save or condemn both of these trapped souls.
This was an intriguing read but sometimes difficult to determine the time period involved as some of the devices and equipment utilized seem a little anachronistic although the author admits to using a little creative imagination with respect to the early version of a flashlight. Nice twists and turns keep the story interesting although the occasional interludes of violence are a bit disturbing. Entertaining secondary characters with their own complicated tales will make one seek out other works by Ms. Thomas.