I love Kate Morton’s writing. She has the rare ability to truly transport readers to another place and time, to make one feel, smell, hear and even taste the scenes in her books. This novel, however, was not my favorite of hers. The narrative, while compelling and interesting, is often laboriously slow. The prominent theme of how only tragedy and sadness result when people do not follow their true nature is one I appreciate and is interestingly depicted. Despite that the characters’ fatal flaws are brought to light in intriguing, but sometimes aggravating ways.
Overall a good read, but not a great one. I recommend reading her book The Forgotten Garden, which is a blissful, page turning mystery.