This book is many things and although the love story is very well done, is extremely sensual and touching, a large part of the book is just Lena's. And Lena is a wonderfully funny, likable character. The book is about her growth as a person as she learns how to slow down and enjoy the simpler pleasures of life - and learns that she doesn't have to please everyone (and learns that some people aren't happy no matter how much you do). The book goes into vivid detail about her small town and the people she gives her heart and soul to. It's heartbreaking, uplifting, erotic and funny and teaches a lesson a lot of us can really benefit from. I definitely enjoyed this story.