OK, so I started reading this book because my mom had recommended it, and we alwaysalways agree on books. The first couple of chapters were a struggle for me--a bit dry and somewhat "pioneer-y." But I stuck with it, since Mom was so sure I'd like it. WHEW! I think I finished the whole thing in two days. Once the story got rolling, man, it was fascinating! And the quaint but distracting-for-a-grammar-nazi spelling improves after just a few chapters. Which was great, but even if it hadn't, I wouldn't have put this down. At heart, this is a romance. And a strong one. The main characters are complex, well-rounded, and only vulnerable in the best places. I've started the sequel, Sarah's Quilt, immediately.