five-star rating from Goodread's Sarah McCarthz:
I just loved this book. A Canadian author, headed on a ferry for an Toronto island retreat runs into Bertolt Brecht. THE Bertolt Brecht. And the two have hot chemistry radiating out of their every dialogue. Which is to say nothing of the sex scenes. Or the political climate... Sheard is artful in her creation of a rich and life-like realism that is full of feeling, yet never abandons the rhythm and clarity of good old fashioned story telling. All in the name of brightly woven fiction the story moves seamlessly from the highly theoretical to the deeply personal to the alienatingly political. Whether in a secluded cabin or a political rally, Sheard's protagonist--Ainsley--is at constant struggle and play with the tension between her needs as an individual and the context of the whole in which she finds herself. You really get the feel that the challenges she's up against, although both striking and admirable, are all together daily and deeply human. In the character of Brecht, Ainsley's equal and lover, you'll get all of the intelligence, romance, low-brow humanism and brooding mystery you could ever hope to find in a quasi-modern-day Heathcliff. Read. This. Book.