I enjoyed this book. Sue Monk Kidd did a beautiful job telling a story that we are familiar with: young southern girl, coming of age during the turbulent period of the American civil rights movement, searching for a sense of self and belonging. Our young narrator, Lily Owens, fits all of these. Kidd's treatment of the topic was well paced. Her use of words paints a vivid image of the wonderfully rich cast of characters: Rosaleen, the Boatwright sisters, etc. I won't say I couldn't put the book down, but I was always willing to pick it back up when I had time to read. I wanted to finish the story. I wanted to know what happened next, to everyone, even Lily's father. This book was successful at drawing me in and leaving me happy at the end.