This book was a fascinating and fresh story. I was enthralled with the concept of the soothsaying moondial and its history. I thought it made for a rich and complex story, but with any complex story, I felt like some things went unexplained or lacked the depth of explanation that I was craving. I am speaking, specifically, of the ability to change the future shown by the moondial, and how difficult it was to make that change. This kind of defied every conventional notion I have ever heard of time travel, namely that one small change can have huge repercussions (i.e. the butterfly effect). I felt dissatisfied with the explanation regarding how to change one's future.
I really liked Holly's character, and I certainly felt her pain. The scenes where she interacts with her future daughter are particularly poignant. I cannot imagine being in this position, and I did not envy Holly one bit. I wish we had learned more about the husband as a character, so that I would have been able to relate to him emotionally, particularly in light of his future according to the moondial.
In summation, this is a solid read, sure to tug on the heart strings. It will appeal to fans of contemporary fiction, particularly stories written about women by female authors.