Long But Beautiful. This is an incredibly detailed story of loss and love set in the Old West, and while the basic premise has been told many times in many settings, Hawker does an excellent job of highlighting a side to it not often shown. While the tale could have arguably been told with less specific details and at least 100-150 fewer pages, Hawker uses the extra detailing well – in service to the story rather than detracting from it. I know, it is approaching end of year and if you’re concerned about the number of books you’ve read this year, 500 pages is daunting. Trust me, you’re going to want to read this one anyway. 😉 Very much recommended.