This book was a SLOW start for me but after Oprah raved about it I thought i would give it a try. I cant say i was disappointed but I have a hard time giving it a referral. The story itself is pretty interesting, its about workers who travel the world to find work in their trades, building cathedrals and then moving on to the next job. it goes in to detail about the architecture of these buildings and i found it very interesting. the love story.... a little "raunchy" at times. so for you "prude" readers, this book is probably not for you. :). but all in all i'm glad i read it. should you read it? i'll leave that up to you. its a 1000 page commitment.