I bought this book (kindle version) to take on holiday, and it didn't disappoint. Anne Rivers Siddons is an excellent writer, her atmospheric descriptions of life in southern states of America draw you into the plot she weaves. She tells her story well and you almost feel as though you are there as a witness. My only criticism of this particular book is that I felt that every few pages one of the characters was "in tears". It became an irritation to me and detracted slightly from the tale, but on the whole it was another good read from an excellent author.