I really wanted to like this book more than I did. Initially it caught my interest, but the more I read it the more uninterested I became which made this last on my list of "currently reading" to finish. I think that the subject matter is important to history and culture, but the characters lacked depth which made it hard to connect to any of them and keep me interested. The book seemed to focus more on the politics of the time rather than the story itself. While it's important to understand the 1920's political climate surrounding the circumstances of the characters, such as the 1920's "mail order bride" sort of thing, there still needs to be more of a dive into the character herself so that the reader can connect.
With that being said, the writing was very smooth and easy to follow. The author has the ability to tell a good story, it just needs a little more fine tuning in my opinion.