Based on a friend's advice, I finally read this - took it on our honeymoon to read while on the beach. The first chapter was still tough (this was my fourth time picking up the book), but I drew a family chart on the back cover and it helped me get through it. It also helped to have concentrated quiet time to get through the detail in the book - not only were the characters detailed, the plot was as well, and it went back and forth from time to time. It still took me some time to get through it, and I wondered throughout what made this book so special ... then you get closer to the end and it all comes together. Well worth putting the time in.