I am not sure why I didn’t like this book more. Without a doubt, Fabry is a gifted writer. The characters are true to who they are and what they represent. The story line is believable, although fairly predictable. I found myself reading because I was curious about Maria and wanted to find out if she was what she seemed. That kept my interest in the book, but I have to admit that I had to force myself to pay attention and keep reading to finish that book, which is never a good thing when reading!
It seemed like the author had some political motivation in the book in regards to a United States/Mexico fence to secure the border and the topic of illegal immigrants/border ranchers. It wasn’t blatant, but it was present.
There was a lot of violence and murder, which isn’t my cup of tea when reading.
I did enjoy the message of love for our fellow human beings, letting go of people we love when they are in a better place (even if it is hard), and that everyone deserves a second chance.
Overall, weighing the good writing and interesting characters, the encouraging message, violence, and the socio-political topic, I would rate this book somewhere in the middle. Not necessarily my kind of book, but others might really enjoy it.