Extremely well researched and very well developed characters and detailed descriptions of the times and surrounds, so what didn't I like? The fact it read like an American country and western song with so much drama happening to one person I feel sure if she had a dog it would have upped and died too. Oh, I forgot it did! If only half of these dramas had occurred I would have loved the book but the overwhelming amount of disasters that befell Anneke became ludicrous and spoilt it for me. Also the fact the hero miraculously appears at the last second to save her on so many occasions when he is supposed to be miles away and unaware of the danger she is in was too much to believe.