It started out great, with the storyline focusing on two people coming to the US for the first time in 1903. I don't know much about German immigration to the US so it was a fascinating read. The first half of the book was fantastic and I read it in a day (again while nursing The Baby).
But right around the time one of the main characters died, so did my enthusiasm for this book. I had to force myself to finish it. It wasn't *bad*, but I just didn't care as much about the huge cast of not-as-well-developed characters that followed after the original couple had been drawn so carefully. The latter half of the book jumped across several storylines which made it hard to really get absorbed in any one.
The author foreshadowed a future event in the last sentence of most chapters. At first it was charming, but it soon became annoying and distracting (just tell me, already!).
As far as historical fiction family novels go, there was a LOT of action and drama. Lots of dying, and dramatic leave-takings. It was too much, like one of those movies that's several car chases interspersed with a tiny bit of plot.
The first half was good enough that I think it's worth a read, but I wouldn't displace any books on your must-read pile for it.
I was compensated for this review by BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.