I found this story very difficult to become interested in. The idea is great: the fictionalization of real letters found from a convict to a young woman outside Kingston Penitentiary. The story floats between the two correspondents, but also tells the story of the superintendent of the prison, who is at times a very harsh man. Something very early in the pages made this story inaccessible to me. There is something missing, that's for sure. I can see why Simonds added the character of the superintendent because there isn't enough story just between the prisoner and the woman, however it made things too complicated. I just couldn't attach myself to this book as I have her previous novels, which are quite good.