my take: i know, i should have reviewed this book a long time ago. thing is, what words can do this book justice? except: read this. it's an epic novel replete with an engaging plot, setting, and characters. i could not put it down, and spent the better part of a weekend ignoring everything, including food. it's that good. and then i spent a couple weeks wishing i hadn't read so fast. i read it a year ago and it's still glowing in my mind. it's a hefty book, which you will be thankful for. it's the kind you don't want to end.
my source: thanks to debra lambers (former owner of book nook & java shop in montague, michigan)
my recommend: you. seriously. if you haven't already.