Coming into the middle of a series like this isn't a good idea. It relies heavily on you knowing the characters from previous books. I found I couldn't enjoy it and didn't have a vested interest in the story. I skimmed most of it just to find out what happens.
Now if you have read this series, I am sure this was a wonderful book. The writing was beautiful and made me want to visit Ireland. That is the best part I could pick from the book.