I found both the main characters well constructed, and the setting evocative. The midsummer celebrations with long, light evenings; the swimming hole that Astrid and Veronika walk to in the summer heat and then take a dip; the food they eat and drink; even the interior of both their houses...all of these were so real and strongly present in the story. The cover of the book I read is quite eye-catching, and as I read I found the significance of the image chosen. The premise of the entire book is that a fortuitous, chance encounter allows both women to uncover their secrets and painful memories, and to heal each other through building a deep friendship. It's quite lovely and memorable in itself, with Astrid, especially, being a character I won't soon forget.