I read somewhere that some readers find the past-present style of storytelling distracting, not in my case. I actually think it helped with the pacing of the story, instead of one continues line we have alternate chapters of Jill's past and how it affected or altered her present. It helped me got to know Jill better and appreciate her as a character and her subsequent growth. She's so exuberant and has an openness about her that Doc found truly appealing, Jill reminded him of life and what its like to live and have something to live for. O Hardin played the light and dark contrast, both literal and figurative, wonderfully.