I had a hard time getting into this book at first. I was immediately blindsided on the first page with the fact that Beka had a dead fiance. This was so jolting. But I can chalk that up to Reader arrogance. (Even if years have passed between stories, nothing is supposed to actually
Admittedly I was also distracted by another book, so I put this one on hold until I got that one out of my system.
There were some things I really loved about this book (FARMER!), but other things that just didn't sit right with me. And the plot twist was really hard to take. (view spoiler)[ I took Tunstall's betrayal personally; the hurt, the shock... Many will say that it was "out-of-character" But when isn't betrayal out of character? If we expected it of someone, then it would be, uh, "in character". (hide spoiler)]
In many ways this book reminded me of life, of the pain of growing up, of facing reality. People aren't always what seem, people come in to your life for a season, but not forever, and sometimes we make bad choices that there is no coming back from.
Still it left me feeling a bit unsettled (view spoiler)[ even with the happy ending (hide spoiler)]