This novel truly is epic. The story and attention to detail is intriguing . . . that being said, I found some passages and characters more cumbersome than captivating. Strong, independent Meggie is suddenly weak and obsessed around the arrogant and somewhat emotionally obtuse Father Ralph . . . it became a bit tedious after some time to say the least. Back and forth and back and forth, too much drama and telling of the story as opposed to showing me the story. I don't know, this novel had all the makings of a great book, but something did not work for me, I think it was the somewhat irritating main characters. I would have loved to hear more about Fee or Frank, or any of the other beautifully introduced characters.
Yes, I know I am in the minority here, but I never felt engaged with any characters, and at the end I felt I was only just beginning to understand most of them.