I got this book from this site for reading with my book discussion group. We had a great discussion of it. We not only liked the story, but were entranced by Shreves use of words and phrases, her description of physical surroundings, her insight into people's feelings, especially of those suffering emotional hurts. We were very impressed that it is her first novel. Others made a bigger 'splash' - The Pilot's Wife, etc. - but we think this one deserves lots of readers.
Excellent annotated list of books for girls of all ages. From back cover: "In these books, girls and women are creative, capable, articulate, and intelligent, solving problems, facing challenges, resolving conflicts, and going on quests. They are not sidekicks or tokesn, waiting to be rescued; they are doing the rescuing. Nor are thay waiting for a male to provide a happy ending.