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I have ambivalent feelings about the book. The descriptions of the people and scenery were exquisitely drawn. Their emotions and struggles were beautifully portrayed and yet…
Central to the story are the Old Believers whose heritage is Russian Orthodox. They are much like the Mennonites or Amash in their strict beliefs and ways of doing things. This side story added a great deal to the novel.
The book dragged. It was one I could easily put down and it was very predictable. I felt my efforts to finish the book were betrayed by the open ending.
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An excellent version of the old old story of loving and letting go. The unique setting was refreshing but the story could have been told in any setting. Finding and losing love is a universal emotion with which everyone can identify. It is encouraging that the storyteller illustrates, with heartbreaking realness, the love of LBGT persons and the societal struggles they have had to face for too long. Love is within everyone and along with its euphoria, it seemingly always brings trials and tribulations. Halverson has done a masterful job of presenting that case.
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