There's some lovely desciptive writing here, particularly of the natural world. And the flashback scenes of the Bosnian war were vivid and painful and real. But the rest, both chararcters and plot, seemed implausible and so the book never took off for me. I think it's partly that the descriptions and observations were largely not convincing as coming from the POV of the character whose POV we were supposedly in. And the bits we were told about the characters never came together into a coherent picture of a person. And since this is largely a character-driven story, that was a problem.