"What the novel offers above all is bone-deep emotional truth...Its myriad characters--each as real as readers' own kin--grapple not just with issues of life and death but with the sufferings and joys of daily existence in a setting detailed with finely attuned attention and a warm sense of wonder. This novel has a huge heart."
—Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
"Baldacci intertwines heartbreak and wry humor to take readers on a roller-coaster ride that's nearly impossible to abandon for even a moment."
"A moving story...the focus is on young people, and the message about love is heartening."
"There is wisdom aplenty in this homespun tale with its gritty action and authentic slices of rustic life."
"A beautifully written tale."
—Wichita Falls Times Record News (TX)