This was not my favorite Boyle. It is really well thought out, and his descriptions of Channel Islands is really very good, but I didn't buy it. Both Alma and David LeJoy (interesting that Alma's last name isn't as resonate) felt like straw dogs. He always has an agenda, but he usually gives his characters more space -- more maybe he likes them better? Anyways, the opening scene with Alma's grandmother was spectacular, and I loved the sheep ranch bit with Rita but most of the time I was reading to finish it.