I don't think I've read a romance set in the 7th century before but I love documentaries about ancient Britain so the accuracy and evocative portrayal of the lives these characters led was a real joy for me. I found myself constantly sidetracked from the romance as the events from the novel made me want to read more history from that time period. The romance was lovely, an enemies to lovers tale. But I found Fen's change of loyalties and willingness to live in Britain a little hard to believe. And the dialogue was very similar to HF's contemporaries. I also found the monastery's modern attitudes on science surprising. Although I could be wrong on that. Maybe those ideas were arising at that time. Anyway I'm still thinking about the setting a day after I finished reading.