Unfortunately, I reached the end of the book feeling very apathetic about the whole thing. The characters never grabbed my imagination (or rather, these fictional versions of them didn't), and I wanted to know more about where the facts ended and Barron's storytelling began. Maybe it would have helped if I had read a book about Vita's garden first, seen some photos of it--gotten some base knowledge of the real before delving into the fictional.
p. 34: "Lists were a staple of Jo's life. They made her feel purposeful and competent, and they were usually written in red ink. "
This is so true for me, and the color of the ink really does make a difference. Oh, it's always a treat when I see my own absurd quirks reflected in fictional characters!