While looking through the Smashwords library, the book cover graphics caught my eye- so I bought it. Looked like a good read. I didn't have the time to read it right away, but finally I picked it up and I'm really glad I bought this. If I had read it before Christmas I would have bought it for some of my friends as a gift. I love reading, and I loved this story. The characters came to life. Many of my friends are avid readers - I recommended this book to all of them.