The plot was fairly predictable and the villain was fairly mundane. If this weren't such a perfect capture of the northern Midwest it would only be two starts. But the people and the place ring so true. The protagonist is a prickly vet returning from combat, and she's home for her sister's funeral. There is a romance that develops in the novel, but it's such a light touch and it feels natural and not forced. The novel is also fairly well written, enough to interest me enough to pick up the second book at any rate.