Read my full review: http://bit.ly/XGIRHSMy opinion: I felt this book started off incredibly strong, but rapidly dropped off following the period of WWII. I could never quite get into this book or grasp what this book was about after this period of time and felt that the author tried to cram too much of a storyline/periods of time into too short of a book. Because of this, I couldn't connect with any of the characters past 1942 either. My recommendation would have been to either make the book longer and expand on it a bit or to focus on one period of time and keep it the same length. I was sort of reminded of the movie "Meet Me in St. Louis" without the endearing storyline/characters.If push came to shove, I would have to admit that the description for the book on Goodreads is not what I walked away with.