I liked the book, though to me it seemed a little bit too long and sometimes even boring. It took me almost 2 months to finish it which for me is far too long. The story is good and decent and it was interesting to take a look at the life of a small town in New Zealand in the times of the Gold rush.
Also, there were some unanswered questions left for me in the end. I guess I could find the answers if I'd look more closely at the text, but after 2 months of reading, I was not particularly eager to do that.