I was absolutely fascinated by this book. It was written in such an aching, poignant manner, I could not help but be completely drawn into the story. Often, I tend to rocket through books, desperate to see where the story goes next. But in this instance, I savored each page of this book. The story was just so lovely, I did not want it to end. The action covers a great span of years, and the whole picture develops slowly and subtly
I completely fell in love with William Talmadge as a character, which is unusual. I usually do not connect so intensely with male protagonists, but there was just something about the gentle and caring spirit that William possessed. Della, on the other hand, frightened me. She never totally shed that wild nature. I was always afraid of her, and afraid for her.
Incredibly difficult subject matter is covered in this story. Rape, child prostitution, abuse, attempted murder, suicide, all set against the backdrop of a country during great growth and expansion. The world is chancing, William's life is changing, and a lot of realities must be faced. It would be easy to peg this story as morose, and dark, if one chose not to look for the light. But if you look at this book with unveiled eyes, you will see a tremendous story full of light and love.