“I love this book, and how it transports you to another place and time. I'm particularly fond of period writing where the settings are England, Scotland, Ireland and you really get a feel for the countryside and the mannerisms and biases there were back then. It was a very difficult time for women and children, no doubt. Note that there is one very disturbing scene in the book involving a baby and while it is a horrible scene I think it depicts the reality of the anger and hatred that existed during that time in history. The writing itself is poetic and beautiful. The flashbacks from the past are flawlessly blended with the present time. There is sadness and happiness. This book has it all.
"Time enough for the present, once the past is settled. But you mustn't lose touch with the present, Julia. The past can teach us, nurture us, but it cannot sustain us. The essence of life is change and we must move ever forward or the soul will wither and die."
~ Mrs. Hutherson”