I have mixed feelings about this book. I loved the ending, even though it was quite sad. I liked seeing a long term relationship develop and come full circle. However the actual process of the story just dragged along and while that is realistic it's not a very entertaining read. The characters were wonderfully created as were their relationships. Over all this was a very well done book and I was well rewarded for pushing through until the end but I had some troubles getting there. I also think that the afterward would have been better served as a forward. It gave me more insight on the book and I think may have helped in the parts that seemed a little slow.