I really enjoyed the style of this book, though I'm not sure that is the right word. The way the author seamlessly included past recollections of each character without deterring from the present story I found to be exceptional. Each character had endearing qualities and maddening qualities which only provided greater insight and made the story more real. A summer on Nantucket....I could picture the small cottage and the beach, the love, hope, and pain, all of it. Great book!