Overall, this is a well-written book, although flashbacks to earlier life experiences were at times confusing. The story kept me interested and guessing all the way to the end. The author carefully shapes the character of Judith, who evolves gradually from a girl who is unsure of herself into a mature, confident woman. The imagery provides a sense of atmosphere, evoked by vivid descriptions of wind, temperature, smells, birds chirping, the morning mist, and the color of leaves. The principal characters Judith and Willy make an impact on the reader and evoke empathy as Judith struggles with love and sustaining it. The themes in this romantic fiction are traditional and familiar.