I was excited to get a copy of this book, knowing how good The Historian was, but I found it a disappointing followup. I couldn't engage with the characters. In fact, they seemed somewhat shallow. The book dragged and I found myself having to press on in hopes it would get better. The premise was good. I won't go into it very far in order to avoid a spoiler, but it's about an American young woman who goes to Bulgaria to teach. Through a taxi mix up, she discovers she is in possession of someone's urn with ashes. The book takes her on a journey to get it back to the rightful owners. Maybe I was expecting too much from the book, and though I read it completely, it left me unsatisfied and now I want to re read The Historian to experience her talent as a writer. I hope her next book will be more engaging.