I thought the plot structure was fantastic, but the character development very weak. Even through I read the entire series, I still barely had a clear visual of what the characters really looked like, and it was hard to make a solid image in my mind from the descriptions or lack therof. My other qualm about the book and series, was that some of the content was a little more mature than I expected, and some of the "romantic" parts borderline on a less Christian-style novel. The author had some good lessons on Forgiveness that were brought out, but the Christian messages could have been a little stronger as well. Overall, the plot development certainly carried the books, but I certainly wouldn't recommend this series to unmarried or younger ladies or weaker Christians.