I really wanted to like this book. I loved the cover, the title and the setting depicted in the first few chapters was gorgeously written. However, once the story got going, I just could not get into it. I did not connect with any of the characters and found the majority of them extremely unlikeable. I put it down multiple times and in the end had to force myself to finish it. I found Rachal naïve and foolish. Sara embodied the stereotypical wicked stepmother and her father was so passive it bordered on ridiculous, especially given the fact that he had run a successful farm on foreign soil for so many years. McVeigh did do an excellent job in her research and ability to depict the racist political climate of the time. I learned a lot about the MauMau revolution, which I was previously unfamiliar with, so in that regard the book was informative. I received an advance copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. 3 Stars.