The Given Day...it was good enough, I enjoyed reading it, but at times I thought - what I've read in the last 400 pages could possibly have been covered in 300. Maybe 250. So I really don't know if 700 pages were necessary to tell this story. That said, it was a good piece of historical fiction, lots of interesting details, and it made that time period feel real. The story moved along well enough to keep me engaged. But, I did look at my page counter more than I normally would. I'd recommend this book, but only if you're already a fan of 700-page novels in general. For anyone who gets impatient after 300 pages or so, or who couldn't bear to finish, like, Gone With the Wind - this might not be the book for you.