I read this book on the advice of a friend- a wonderful, sweet, intelligent friend whom I know is much more spiritual than I am. I sort of thought I would be out of my element, but she sent me the book, I love her dearly, so I read it. Reading "Evensong," I found my thoughts even when I was physically away from the book turning to issues and philosophies explored by Margaret Bonner. The idea of a marriage "making more of each other", her thoughts on Bible stories and how they apply to life...it was in many ways my own private philosophy course. Well, not "course," exactly; there was no lecturing, but sort of a prompter. I found the philosophical jumpstart to be a lovely way to pass the gray days of january. BUT- I rated it 4 stars. Reading the other reviews, I see there is no consensus on what this book is about. It can be about any number of things as the actual action is fairly slow in deference to the descriptions and relationships and philosophies. That part is fine with me. And I agree that the build-up to the millenium in the story didn't quite work. But it is worth the read; just don't be looking for a totally absorbing story line. There is truly beautiful writing in this book-(maybe some places where it shouldn't be, like out of the mouth of a rebellious teenager.) Maybe parts of the story were a little unrealistic, but the insight, the inaction, the relationships were beautifully written and worth the read on their own.