When I started this book, I found myself crawling through the first chapter, but was soon pulled into the story line. Told from two viewpoints, the aged husband now living in a Retirement Community, and the deceased wife's journal, and based on the lives of the author's maternal grandparents. An interesting tale about Mennonite missionaries to China in the early 1900s, their love for each other and the people they serve, and their many sacrifices for the sake of carrying the gospel to China. A very difficult book to put down once you become part of the lives of the characters, and it leaves you wishing for a few more pages, or better yet, another book! I'll look forward to reading more by this author!