I don't really know what to think of this book. It is really good when you are reading, but I was able to put it down, I didn't really have the urge to keep reading. But this changed in the second half of the book, when the mysteries were unraveling.
The characters went through struggles, and half of time I struggled with them the other half of the time I questioned their motivation for the decisions they made. This book is well written, lots of references to other literature and history. I really liked that even though I do not know anything about the civil war (I am no American) and don't know most of the authors they mentioned.
The setting was great, I can see Ravenwood in my head. All in all a very well written book, good world building, suspensefull, mysterious and romantic.