I must admit that I actually loved this book. I was thoroughly engrossed and enjoyed the style of flashing back and forth between generations. Some people might enjoy a more straightforward and easy read, but I felt I got to know characters very well. In addition, there were a couple of nice surprises which made me cry in a good way. The descriptions are wonderful and it was easy to be sympathetic towards characters. I am looking forward to reading more from this author and am glad she doesn't appear to be obsessed with the Titanic across her repertoire.