Out of curiosity (and because I bought this one too) I decided to go ahead and plow through the sequel to 'Netherwood'). I was grudgingly invested enough that I was curious to know what happened, since it was clear from the first book that it was a multi-book story.
It appears to be pretty much the same quality of the first book. It takes up pretty much where the first book left off although we've got some advancement of the plot. Eve from the first story is considering moving to Ravenscliffe, where she can move in and live with her children. The Earl and his wife will soon be hosting King Edward and must prepare the household. It's a time of change, there's romance, people die, etc.
Same problems from the previous book. There's perhaps an interesting story here or with a talented writer it can make these types of tales at least readable. This isn't it. There are some plot twists I didn't quite expect (deaths of some people) plus others I didn't see coming but in retrospect was eye-rolling (lesbian relationship which could have been interesting especially considering the time period but just seemed more of a "soap opera" element than anything else). Unfortunately the author is just not talented enough to make me care about any of the characters or the story.
And in my headdesk-worthy moment, I didn't realize that this was a trilogy, rather than a duology. I'm of two minds about this. I've read so far and I'm still curious since there's apparently more to the story (and some of these plot/character developments lead me to think there's more since there's a book 3) but of course the third is not available at my local library and doesn't seem to be readily available in the US, even on eBay. This trilogy is not a book I'd go out of my way to read so I guess my journey with these characters ends here.
If you're like me you may want to think about whether you want to invest your time/energy/money before reading it. It's a 'Downton Abbey'-eque story and I can see the influences (a Goodreads review asks if the author just switched the characters and storylines a bit) but it does not match the show's quality. Skip.