This novel offered much more than what the synopsis explains. Part love story, part social history, part mystery- though you probably will figure out the mystery long before the main character does. But that's okay, because it didn't take away anything from the story. The writing was authentic and she truly captured the spirit of the time and place through the characters. Reminded me that love doesn't mean you have to give up your individuality or your hopes and dreams, that communication is everything.