Personally,I enjoyed reading this very much. It was chosen to read for my book club and I was initially dismayed by some of the negative reviews it had. I decided to give it my best shot and quickly became immersed in it. Very readable and not the usual chick lit fodder. The narrative has reality based and old fashioned story/fairytale parts woven together to create a tapestry of life in the old and new Balkans, the superstitions and beliefs of a secluded community. Well worth reading as it is quite different from the usual.