The Bastard Child jumps back and forth in time, detailing a haunting past life and a new mystery. I absolutely loved this novel. The characters were compelling and well-written. The story itself is very unique and I could tell the author put a lot of research into make the historical bits accurate and time appropriate. The author even provides footnotes for some of the more obscure historical terms and items. The mystery at the heart of this novel will make you fly through the book, as you try to uncover the truth. In addition to the thrilling mystery, there is a budding romance that pairs so well and keeps the main character grounded in the present even though she longs for the past.