I nursed this novel for a while during the Charlaine Harris rush and finished it early this afternoon. It was endearing to me. The main character, Kate Morrison, lost both parents at the age of 7 and was raised by her brothers who had their own share of troubles. The book flips back and forth from Kate's past to her present - a university professor and researcher who is troubled about returning to her small, rural Ontario town for a nephew's birthday party. It was easy to stay interested in this book because the real heart of the story - the real message - comes right at the end and puts everything into perspective. A good read.