I know this is a classic love story, but I, unfortunately, did not 'feel the love'. When John and Katherine realized their love for each other, it happened so fast. I thought, "Really? Are you sure that's not just infatuation or lust?" The way it was written, I felt it to be a horrible adulterous affair, rather than a real love story.
Up until Katherine's husband's death, I thought she was a good character. She was strong and resourceful. When she took up with Gaunt, I started to dislike her. I felt she was incredibly selfish, especially when it came to her children, particularly her first two.
Since I felt the lack of real love, the rest of the story was a bust for me. I didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped. Seton is a masterful storyteller, however, and I do plan on reading more of her novels.