The story was sad but fulfilling with dynamics of different relationships of siblings based on their mothers preferences of each one. The story was long and dragging at times as each character was unfolding . I liked the development of how people judge each other by their status in society versus looking at the person for who they are e.g. Marietta and Helen had a very difficult childhood and were judge by their ethnicity . The ending was enjoyable where love wins and heals the wounds of the past.