A Star for Mrs. Blake

A Star for Mrs. Blake - April Smith I read this book in 2 days, so it's obviously compelling, but I felt like there were too many characters. I would have liked it if it just focused on the 5 women and not given the backstory to all the other people with them. I also thought it would have been more interesting if the first Mrs. Russell would have been allowed to stay, even though I recognize this is not historically accurate. Also I felt like the death storyline was overly contrived or something--I definitely was not as engaged in the story after that happened.