I see that all my friends really liked this book. I must be the odd one! Some of the things that happened in this book I thought were totally off kilter and not something I could imagine the characters, as Hilderbrand portrayed them, doing. I have loved the other books I've read by this author; I gave them all 4 stars! If you're trying to decide which one of her books to start out with, my suggestion would be not to start with this one. I recommend "The Blue Bistro"; now that was a really good book!!