I love a lot of Francine River's books... however, this one is rather disappointing. I did not like the way Mary was portrayed... she was very impatient and was pushy towards the people around her. She was not patient with Jesus. She didn't treat her other children with patience (and sometimes kindness) and would be so shocked with them struggling with their faith. I felt as if Mary had such high expectations on people who were human just like us. I also felt as if this book was choppy too. This book is okay, but I would recommend reading the other books in the series over this.