Wow. Finished this morning. I was really thinking that I was losing interest in this series, but this book changes the whole thing. The author warned us, didn't she? That she would change the direction. But I didn't realize. I'm ready for the next one.
I admit to being annoyed by Betsy's constant bitching and complaining, and total "self involvement" in the other books. My thought is she was shown these "scenes" from the past to wake her up to others besides herself. The ending was not predictable, it made me feel...sad. But it also left me wanting more, which is the first time this series has made me feel this way since about the 4th or 5th book.