I enjoyed this book. It kept me constantly thinking 'why the name?' which I didn't understand until the end of the book, which was a perfect ending. The story is about 2 different women, separated by a century. Both women are not the generally accepted 'woman of the times' personality, although Bridget's choice is one many many women choose, but a same number of many many women make the opposite choice. Rebecca makes a 'standard' choice of marriage but what happens after that was a big shock to the story. There's the part of the story from the turn of the 20th century that continues to grow and you can see how Rebecca is slowly evolving. Then there's the part of the story from today's times,and you see how Bridget is slowly made to feel she's going insane. Rebecca's story takes more than a year, while Bridget's story feels it's a fraction of that time. In the middle of these two stories you have a ghost story, which kept me awake until I decided I couldn't read it at night alone. Ms Adcock's ability to somehow weave the two stories totally separate but also together is a tremendous work of art. Being able to write a true ghost story in this is just one more aspect of a great author. The fact that you go from one century to the other, then back again with the ghost aspect thrown in unexpectedly, will keep you reading to see what is going to happen next. I'm not a very good review writer. I hope I am able to share the basics of the story, but leave questions waiting that a good read will answer. If you enjoy a good story, a good love story, and a good ghost story, The Barter has all 3 and is totally worth the time. You may want to think twice of reading it at night, by yourself. Enjoy!