I just finished this book, and while I liked it, because I don't think I have ever read a book from her I haven't liked, it wasn't a favorite... It was probably because of the religion factor, which some people may like, I am not a religious person, so the whole concept and alot of the dialogue (which at times sounded like a history lesson), tended to make me have a hard time sticking with it... I was very emotional through the book... then felt almost betrayed when it continued! From crying in some parts to the feeling June felt when she buried her husband and daughter, her husband dying to protect his daughter, then realizing he molested her (which I think that he did), to crying for Shay when I knew he was innocent and scared in the hours leading up to his death, crying when Father Michael and Maggie were describing how they felt, then being confused all over again to "was he really who he says he was or not?" I don't believe he was a messiah, I think strange things did happen and I don't know if they can be explained, I think that he wanted to give something back to June because he really did feel responsible for not being able to keep her daughter safe, and if it meant him dying he would do it. It bothered me when I realized no one was ever going to tell June the truth, although I think she knew it, but she chose not to think about it to preserve her memories, I still think she should have known, I would have wanted to, but that is me... It would be different if a man hadn't spent such a long time in prison for something he didn't do, although I knew it was bittersweet, that was the only way Claire, the only life June had left, could live... I am still questioning exactly who Shay really was, but I think we are supposed to be left with the mystery of it all... Like I said not a favorite, but I liked it and it made me think, which is always good!