An epic tale of deep love, ancient history, and modern archaeology. This book may have taken me a long time to read at one hundred and thirteen thousand some words, but it was well worth it and it seemed much shorter. This book is worth your time and money, but lucky for you it's free so you owe it to yourself to download this story and enjoy it for a good long while. I really liked the back and forth between the ancient and modern times. The characters were well done and believable in both time frames, and it never bothered me jumping from one time to another. I never felt jolted out of one time and thrust into another, it just flowed. Now that I think of it, pulling that off could not have been easy but Arlene did it really well. If you like romance, drama, archaeology, even some great action - then this story is for you. Sometimes it's really nice to be able to curl up with a book for a good long while, knowing you have a lot of story to go and the fun won't end soon. Some of my favorite books are the ones that took me a long time to read. When I read The Kite Runner it was over the course of about a year, but I enjoyed it and think back fondly on toting around that huge tome. It was the same with The Historian, and it's the same way with this treasure - you don't have to worry about the end of the story coming up on you soon because it's magic and story keep going for a long time. I think you'll find as I did though that before you know it, the story has ended and you're left with many fond memories and new friends. There were a few parts that I felt were a bit slow, but there were also parts that just about brought me to tears and many exciting parts. In my mind those parts more than equal out the book overall to be a great read. I don't usually read this genre of book, but I'm glad I read this one. I really liked the ending, it was exciting.