I’m glad to be reading, Zara, and glad you find anything useful in my comments. I hope you get lots of takers for the book!
The job thing just struck me as amusing, a good contrast or addition to her sister’s complaints about teaching. Also, I love the new ending–a great way to show readers the stakes, both personal and professional.
Historical fiction is one of my preferred genres to read because of how it can bring history to life, as you say. Though I haven’t been reading much of it lately, so happy to read some here in the forum.