technically, i listened to this book, but whatever . . . this was definitely not as good as the blue castle, but i did enjoy it. it's a little too sweet/sappy for me at some points, and the plot is a little over simplistic, but sometimes that's just what a girl needs. there's a handsome boy and a beautiful girl and romance and beautiful settings in nature . . . i think i might have enjoyed the book more if i had read it instead of listened to it because i found the reader rather obnoxious, but what can you do?