Usually, when you read a romance, you know exactly how it's going to turn out. This one managed to keep me guessing, as the author constantly put legitimate obstacles in the paths of the hero and heroine. And for an inspirational novel, I never felt the message beating me over the head. It never felt forced or as though the characters came to their faith too quickly or in an unlikely circumstance. The characters were real, and the harsh realities of life in early 19th century America were never glossed over. Many favorite characters are lost to violence or illness, and things often look grim for the protagonists, but the author never lets the reader lose hope, even when the characters do. There's just the right amount of tension in the plot and attention to historical detail to make the reader feel like they're living the story, rather than just reading it.