It's January 3rd and I already know this will be one of my favorite books this year. Setterfield has masterfully written a novel that breaks the binds of genre, weaving mystery with magical realism, folklore and romance. Whenever I put it down I couldn't wait to pick it back up. The characters were beautiful and perfectly flawed, the plot seamless and intricately executed. Rita and her wisdom paired perfectly with her fear of motherhood. Robert's heart and compassion paired perfectly with his tears. I loved The passages in which he spoke with his animals. I loved The juxtaposition between the photographer and Bess with the seeing eye. The pace was not too fast and not too slow. And the ending was magical and satisfying . I loved it! I can't wait to read more by this author.