Where to start. This is a mid-19th century novel that, on first glance, doesn't warrant your time. Then, as you read further, you discover that Pel is more than a run-away bride that you can slot into the conventional format. Yes, at times this feels formula but, it is so much more than that. It has depth and so much more than a typical romance. If you like young adult novels, there are a lot of layers here. Not Rosoff's best work but still entertaining.