It took this book a while to draw me in. I was surprised, as I enjoyed Great Expectations from page one. But Michelle and my mom both kept telling me, “Just wait, you won’t be able to put it down.” And they were right. (Of course.)
A little after the middle, I was hooked. The beginning spent a lot of pages setting the political stage, and though I found it interesting, it wasn’t engrossing. But as soon as the various characters’ storylines started converging, I saw the big picture. I had a pretty good idea of how it would end, since the last line is one of the most famous last lines ever. Knowing what would happen did not keep me from sobbing through the last three chapters. Both my husband and daughter asked me what was wrong. “My book is sad,” was all I could say.
What a beautiful story of redemption and unconditional love, of choosing to make something better of your life. I’m so glad I read it!