Now your blessedness appears. Puritan and naive aren't my favorite attributes in a leading lady, however, Julianna carries her virgin status with intentional innocence. She's a worthy, compassionate character, a contradiction to the self-absorbed, lustful, narcotic-addicted Gabriel. This is a story of redemption, atonement, and a thorn-tread path to happiness. Reynard's language is sophisticated and his story parallels numerous works of classic literature. I feel smarter for having read it. This is one I will read again and again.