The complex intriguing characters; the changing viewpoints, locations and times; and the challenging but well-drawn theme of conflict (between countries and within families) all work together to make this an absorbing and engaging read with plenty of talking points. The majority of the characters are both sympathetic and infuriating, which makes them very real, especially Chloe, who leads the first half of the book. Ideal for reading groups.
And then there's Chloe, once his ironic helpmeet, now nervous and contrary, spoiling for a fight. ... She wants to take on everything, the poacher, a man she knows nothing about, and this girl, who is, Brendan suspects, more than her match. She feels her territory has been invaded and she is under attack. She wants to throw the intruders out, go back to the way things were, but this, she must realize, is not an option, and so she's panicked. They have a poacher and they have a pregnant soon-to-be-daughter-in-law; the outsiders are insiders now, staking their claims.