The only reason I would give this book 2 Stars is due to the amount of research that Alice Hoffman had obviously put into this novel, which I certainly appreciated. Honestly though, I think that this roughly 500 page book could have been done in about 200 pages.
Poetic descriptions saturated this novel, making for an incredibly dull read. When an author spends two pages describing wind I would rather not read it. I get it, it's windy! It has no bearing on the plot, would you please move on with the story already! This is likely the reason it took me over a month to read this.
I did enjoy the main characters and their back stories and I also anticipated where the plot was moving, but I couldn't help but skimming through this. Even though the reviews were nothing but praise, I just couldn't wait to read the last page and be done with it.
However, if Hoffman had decided to cut out the the over abundant use of poetic imagery I would likely have nothing but good things to say about this novel as well. Unfortuantely this is not the case, as a result, if anyone were to ask me if they should read it I would tell them not to waste their time.