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The writing is beautiful, but the main character felt off-putting to me. I had a difficult time connecting or sympathizing. I understand why she was written this way, and know it's difficult to pull off to make her endearing while she's hiding that particular secret. Her husband, with his rigid German background, had more depth and really pulled me in.
My other problem came with the use of vernacular for the time periods (1965 and 1985). One example off the top of my head is Wayne's use of the phrase "being bummed" about something. Not in 1965. Maybe in 1975. This is only one of several instances that popped out. I wish the author had researched this more completely, as she did such a thorough job with all her other research, not an easy feat for these time periods.
The bottom line, though, is that the story is haunting and heartbreaking. I can't imagine going through what the main character suffered and coming out the other side a whole and healthy person.
Overall, I wouldn't hesitate to buy another book from this author.
I bought this book under the (mistaken) impression that it was a Christian novel. I soon discovered it wasn't, and didn't appreciate the language at times. That said, I continued to read because the book is so riveting. Nothing predictable or boring here! The author knows how to make you feel every emotion and feel like you know every character. Also is able to describe some very ugly things in a way that doesn't offend.