I wasn't really expecting this story to turn out like it did. It was very good, both poignant and reverent, but something felt a bit off. The characters were realistic, to a degree, but I had a hard time connecting to them. There were a few things that felt awkward to me, and it threw off the pacing of the book. I thought the religious aspect was a bit overdone in this story, especially at the end of the book. The author did note at the end of the book that she really struggled with the story in this, and it does show through to this reader. All in all, it was a good story, but the weakest book in the series for me.