The lead character of this book is a refreshing 40 something women,unmarried, heterosexual and ambitious without apology. Noreen is a go getter who has terrific instincts for making the best of a situation. She enjoys men in her life, but never displays neediness. Actually, her character seems to be attracting needy men. The audience was manipulated with the Michael character. I suppose we have to have a cad? The story would have been fine without him. I have a feeling the last relationship she entered went the way of all the others, a flirtation, nothing more, nothing less.