I did not think much of this book when I first started reading it . I had been home sick when it came and thought what the heck I have to read it anyways and so I continued on with it. Boy am I ever glad I did do so it was just a delightful book all the way around . The charecters are well thought out and concise . The descriptions in the novel are spot on and those must have been visited before the book was written if not then someone had done a bang up job of letting the reader imagine it in their mind .I will put this on my bookshelf and let it stay with a place of honor it is a great book and I thoroughly enjoyed it .