My thoughts: First off I want to say, I'm getting me one of these books. I think actually the book was not such a huge part of the story. Tamara is certainly struggling. and I for one have never really considered how a young person would grieve. It only just occurred to me through Tamara that perhaps my kids will have difficulty when one of their grandparents passes. I don't know how one helps young people, they are too often not open to help. I enjoy this book in spite of the "grief" I love the twists and turns, and I loved the historical descriptions of the surrounding "castle" and I particularly loved that Tamara appreciated it. A good read. Thank You to the blogger who recommended this one.