I loved the idea of this book. Two women from different time periods and their experiences with grief. Their connections to the historic church and the city of Seattle were apparent from the start. Emily and Elizabet's stories had many similarities. I saw the potential in their stories from the beginning. It's a lot to tackle and unfortunately it just didn't do it for me.
I couldn't connect to Emily or her storyline. And when I thought I'd finally get to see her open up for an emotional breakthrough, it's told as a flashback which made it less powerful. I didn't believe in her relationship with Ryan and I was confused as to why we never saw or heard from the aunt and uncle again. Same with Elizabet. I thought just maybe her chapters would be more compelling but the diary entries and her as a ghost came across flat. I think a book about Dorothea would have been more my style in the end.