I could not put it down! Not the best week for me to be hung up on a book.. I love the character from little Henry to Varina. One of my favorite memories is sitting in on family story telling. Mind you we had none like this, but it shows families, relationships, hard times and good. When Marie shows up at the door with "the flue" I laughed out loud, even though it wasn't expounded upon I say well played Marie! The little additions to the plot line like the Maine Coon Cat, and the little boy at the docks. Just a great book. Now i'm going to try to work.