I have always been a huge fan of Isabel Allende Her writing style is beautiful and her characters are memorable. This novel certainly included the things I love about her books, but it was not one of my favorites. I enjoyed the writing as always, but the plot for this story never really took off for me. The story alternated between the back story of the main character and other characters in a way that let the read know the stories would all meet at some point. I was good with that, but there was no real suspense for me in the build up to those meetings. The narrative also alternated between first and third person and that threw me off a bit.
Overall I enjoyed the style, but do not think this was up to the high standard I see in other novels of Allende.