I've read all four of the books in this gorgeous series. I agree with many of the other reviewers...it was a VERY slow start. Four books later, I was SO thrilled that I had the patience to stick with it. If you are interested at all in New Zealand, the glimpse into the lifestyle there at that time in history is fascinating, but the real gem in this book is the relationships between the members of this family as they live through and cope with the disastrous marriage of one of its beloved members. Please....do yourself a favor and enjoy it soon. And good news: this is available on Nook for free as well, although not thru Smashbooks.