Just finished reading this the other day & OMG! I swear each new book I read by Karen Kingsbury I rave on a little bit more than previous ones. She is such a gifted author with the ability of just sucking you into the story & completely transporting you to another place & time. I finish her books feeling like I KNOW the characters.....like they might be REAL people. I cry with them & rejoice with them......it's crazy, I know.....but I think it's because she's just THAT good at using the gift God has given her!