A very thoughtful, well written book. The characters are so real, it's as if I've known some of them all my life. I would really recommend this to everyone; whether you like romance, fiction, intrigue, family tales, mystery, or just a good old read. The story twists and turns through time, taking you on a journey across the centuries to places as far flung as Turkey, Malta as well as Britain, through the 1600's, to modern times. The section on WWII is eyeopening too. Understanding the emotions and choices of those people in a time of war plays a juxtaposition against the harsh choices forced upon those same people; and both through no fault of their own. Do yourself a favour; buy this bool. Treasure it. Re-read it. And hopefully, the BBC will pick it up, if Spielberg doesn't, as this would make an amazing movie or major TV drama.