Slow going in parts but theres a good story here if you're patient. The title is misleading because the story of Barbara and the "winning" of her kind of takes a backseat to what is actually the main story, which is the civilization or "reclamation" of the deserts of the southwest (ie. how the pioneers in the area developed waterways and irrigation along with the development of the towns). The characters are interesting but some of the stuff about the actual development of the the canals gets to be dry reading at times. Still, a good tale if you like "How the West Was Won" kind of tales. Just don't expect too much heartpounding nonstop action cause this one is pretty slow paced through most of the pages.