Edith Wharton only wrote part of this book. She died before she could complete it. Marion Mainwaring finished the story. The problem with this is, it is often difficult to know if the author would have written the book the same way, unless there are extensive notes they wrote about their ideas. About two thirds of the book was suppose to be written by Wharton. Manwaring did make changes to some points to make it fit the rest of the story. The problem was there was a difference in writing styles, and you could tell while reading the book.
I liked the overall idea of the story. Rich American girls marrying for titles, and aristocrats marrying commoners for the money these girls would give them. It was an interesting setting to examine political and romantic issues. The presentation of the story left something to be desired, but that just might be because of the author's death and another person finishing it. Part way through the book there is an abrupt change in focus. The beginning focuses on Nan, her family, and friends. Towards the middle there is a shift to it mostly being about Nan. I wish it had stayed a little more balanced. While not my favorite period piece, I liked the issues it brings up. I wish Wharton had been able to finish the book.
If you are a fan of Edith Wharton or interested in period pieces, I would recommend trying this book.