At first I didn't think this book's action would pick up, but then they were all in the country at Christmas and I got all excited. Clicked that link all the time.<br/><br/>I'd never read Virginia Woolf before. This book is good for that because it's real early Virginia Woolf, which means it is disguised as a regular novel. Even within that frame, though, she displays exactly how well she knows people, and already it's scary.<br/><br/>The conventional love-stories format meant I didn't at all expect the turn it took as the main character struggled with female identity and independent thought in 1919. This theme was thrilling, and the highlight of the novel. Her articulation of her characters' ideas and mistakes is shimmering with insight, several surprising scenes, and sincere feminist need.