Quick: what’s Vienna noted for? Sigmund Freud, coffee houses and sachertorte, right? In this deeply-written tale you’ll get a lot of all of those plus intrigue, murder, deception, Sigmund Freud’s penchant for telling Jewish jokes, and a heart-rending look at the outwardly-pleasant, inwardly-nightmarish life of 19th century upper-class women. Be glad you live when you do! And be glad you can read such a well-founded, well-written novel; the author doesn't set a foot wrong. It’s a 5, and well worth your time if you ennjoy historical fiction. Could be a good book for a group, too.