No romance of any sort yet, except for parting scene in the prologue. Maybe a little bit of ogling, a few suggestions here and there and one extremely short and inexplicit m/f encounter.
The story is slow but not dragging. depicting simple every day life of Hugh mason and his household with a good measure of church politics thrown in.
This book was recommended to me as a paranormal, but nothing of the sort so far.
I am enjoying it quite a bit. Historicals are my favorite :D