Like any excellent novel, after the last page you flick back, wanting to enjoy it all over again. `The Sea with Diamonds' is a heart-warming tale of love, suffering and, ultimately, happiness, that cleverly brings alive one woman's fateful decision in her struggle to face life after tragedy, contrasted with another's fight for survival in the face of illness. It is packed with characters who are all larger than life: ponderous-but-lovable retired schoolmaster Tom, married to charming insightful Vera as well as exuberant American couple Stretch and Doll, who prove to have extremely hidden depths. This novel is all about characters, decisions and emotions. The characters are diverse and lively, twists to their personalities preserving their spontaneity and making all of them a delight to be with. This is an edge-of-the-seat novel where you keep wondering how it's going to end, the the plot twists, nuances and surprises keep you turning the pages. Additionally there are fascinating insights into a number of foreign locations and customs. It's a delightful easy-read that rekindles your belief in the power of the human spirit against adversity, and leaves you wanting more.