I found the story a bit confusing at first. With the realistic feel to post-war Poland, it took a bit to relax and enjoy the story. Agnieska and Stan come from different sides but both experienced the cruelty of WWII, giving them common ground. I loved her determination to heal and cried when it finally became too much to bear for her. Stan was very self absorbed until he allowed himself to truly feel. A little plodding but emotional ending.