Ok, this book was good. It was set in the early 1900's coal mining era. I loved the male characters, even their underlined love of each other. Rupert was a great lover of nature, he truly loved Ursula as she did him..Gerald was my favorite character however. He was strong, masculine, passionate....Gudrun ruined him. I think he truly loved her, but they had no understanding like Rupert had insisted on from Ursula from the very start. I was very unhappy with the ending. First with the way the story ends in itself, but also because it is as if it ends in the middle of a story. Its like your reading along and then its done. No finality, no closure on it. I was intrigued throughout this book, just very unhappy with the way he destroyed Gerald.