“Don’t you wonder sometimes, “ Ursula said. “If just one small thing had been changed, in the past, I mean. If Hitler had died at birth, or if someone had kidnapped him as a baby and brought him up in—I don’t know, say a Quaker household—surely things would be different.”Atkinson's skillful storytelling carries the book and makes it a worthwhile read. But are we supposed to conclude that Ursula learns from each life she lives and is better as a result? I don't think she does. Her earlier novel Behind The Scenes At The Museum also left me thinking that, given the wonderful writing, I should have enjoyed it more. Her Brodie series left me feeling more satisfied..