Wonderful book replete with the details, texture and ungovernable emotions of family life. Finest kind of reading. I have to say I learn from Trollope's novels and I mean that in a good way. When it comes to the family and our human hearts, Trollope has insights that entertain, sure, but which also are useful. Mind you, I hate that touch-feely stuff! but I love Trollope's novels.
The story lost power when it shifted back and forth to Steve's office staff. These people weren't interesting and were an annoying distraction from the main topic.
Those readers who have an interest in, or are involved in, the adoption triad may find this a good read. It's not hard to relate to each member's postion. Trollope has succeeded in showing adoption and the adoption reunion in a realistic way.