The plot was promising and interesting enough. If only the writing were better... At best the writing is mediocre, but some sentences could be used as perfect examples of how not to write in a manual for beginning writers.
"Passing slowly, almost in awe, between two of the slender trunks, they stood as if physically rooted, speechless with horror." They stood while passing. I don't think Jane Austen would ever write anything like that.