I know nothing about this story or author, but I almost never turn a book down, especially when it's been pressed into my hands as a reward for something! It's also a book I probably would not have purchased on my own. Yet, that's how I've stumbled across many wonderful gems in my reading years; I've found them left in my path unexpectedly or they were sent as a gift based on the giver's taste in literary fare. What a nice thing it is to be surprised by a good read. I'll keep my fingers crossed and all of you posted!