my take: A classic boy loves the wrong girl for waaaaaay too long story. And much more.
Both main characters are writers who are working or not working on their follow up book: the dreaded pressure of having written one book. Books play a major role in this book ... the one that changes Sophie's life is a Thomas Merton.
And what did happen to Sophie? As I read I didn't realize the ending offered two options ... in my mind I combined them. This made for a great discussion at book club.
my source: Book chicks January 2014 pick ... Festival of Faith and Writing author
my verdict: good read