I was looking for a one-off read, i.e. no trilogies, when I came across this book. For the first time in a long while I completely finished a book within the space of hours. It is very character driven and you are drawn into their lives in the very first chapters. You really feel for the characters and get a sense of their pain & joy, and, if you also prefer a bit of romance then this is for you. So, for a good read on a rainy (or sunny) day I give this the thumbs up! I really do hope the author has another book in the pipeline.