this book is gorgeous. i absolutely loved the first third for both the writing and the story, then the story sort of fell off a bit for me. it picked up with the last third. but the writing. the writing never fell off at all. from beginning to end it is just superb. and as to the story - i was hoping she'd explore something she didn't, but she went a different way that was perfectly interesting and worth traveling, but it wasn't where i was hoping she'd go. not her fault. but it doesn't matter because the writing is just so good.