The Ambassador's Daughter is much less of a romance novel than it seems to be judging by the cover. Set in 1919, during the aftermath of WWI, it is about love, but also about politics, women's liberation, familial relationships, and spies. Yes, this book has spies. Margot is a beautiful young woman who is torn between not only two men, but more than two lives which she might lead. Does she want to stay with Stefan, her childhood love who shares her Jewish faith? Does Margo want to be with Georg, the exciting military officer? Or can she remain alone, a free woman?
This is a romantic book, but not an erotic book. Although the cover looks steamy, there is no explicit sex in The Ambassador's Daughter. The historical references are slightly heavy handed in places, but Jenoff paid a lot of attention to historical accuracy. The romantic parts of the novel were less interesting than Margot's struggle with what sort of woman she wanted to be in her adult life. History buffs would enjoy this book, but romantics may not.