I loved this book! The plot, the characters, the darkness.. It was wonderful!
It is a story about self-worth, depression, abandonment, and yes, finding the one person who really understands you and loves you. It looks at what can happen when marriages go wrong, and I particularly like that there is no one really to blame - the heroine and her first husband are not suited and not in a position to cope.
The hero is wonderful. I loved him within the first two paragraphs and just loved him more and more right through until the very end. He has built a life for himself, suffers cruelly at the hands of gossips and has little self-esteem.
I've read some reviews about how this is a dark story (the heroine finds herself trapped in the wrong marriage, and falls into depression from which she can't escape) and, it's true this isn't a galloping Regency romp, but I LOVED the darkness. The author's descriptions of how moderate depression (non-suicidal) feels are absolutely spot on. It really is the best characterisation of what it looks like for the sufferer I've seen. Likewise her descriptions of the hero's insecurities are excellent.
So, from the caring, but extremely irritating mother, to the gossipy, obnoxious friends, I really enjoyed it.
OK, the last little plot twist was a bit unnecessary, but it didn't annoy me either.
5 stars, all-time-favorites list. This author is now an auto-buy for me.