This book was hard for me to get into. The redeeming part was the descriptions of the garden. Though I'm not really into Greek Mythology, the way the statues were described made me feel like I was right there walking through the garden with Adam. The explanations of the hidden meaning in the statues was something of a reach for me to grasp, as was the top floor of the villa being sealed off for so many years. The relationship between Adam and his brother, the way he worried about his mother, the portrait of the Signora, Maria, Antoinette, and other characters, these things made me care a little more for the story.I believe the author's writing was superb, I just don't think this was the book for me. You may love it...so don't let my opinion sway you from giving it a try!