What did I miss? Why does everyone love this book? I won't go into a long winded rant (or maybe I will) but here is my problem in a nut shell. This book is 500+ pages long, more than enough time to build well round 3 dimensional character's that show growth and at least some semblance of likability. This does not happen.500+ pages is also long enough that by the end of the book you should feel an emotional connection with the characters, especially considering the subject matter. But somehow the author fails to bring sufficient emotional gravitas to the subject of slavery while at the same time delivering a lack luster love story. Most reviews have swooned over the "slavery love story" which I think has been done very well in some historical romances while other reviewers have suggested that is in poor taste but honestly I think it is just badly executed.