This book was a strange mix of utterly fascinating insights and complete supposition. The frequent inaccuracies relating to Orthodoxy annoyed me intensely. If you want to write a scholarly work, do so, with adequate research beforehand. Otherwise go write Dan Brown type pseudo-historical fiction.
Sorry. Rant over.
I had heard so much about this book, but had never before got round to reading it. It was an interesting look at life through the eyes of a young woman, mostly by means of her supposed journal. I really did enjoy it immensely, and there were some beautifully drawn characters. The author is rather more famous for her other main novel, 101 Dalmations :-)