I'm a Debbie Macomber fan, so I was surprised at how poorly written this book was. The characters -- particularly the male protagonist ("Rand Prescott" -- the name itself gives you some idea of how shallow and trite the writing is) are unsympathetic and, in "Rand's" case, thoroughly unlikeable. The plot is unbelievable to the point of being laughable at times, and the writing so formulaic that it seems to have been written in a few weeks, at best. Worst of all, the book is almost demeaning to women, as "Rand's" outrageously chauvanistic and downright cruel behavior towards "Karen" is meekly accepted and rationalized. Debbie Macomber wrote this in 1983, nearly 30 years ago, so this was obviously an early attempt. It's great to see how much her writing has improved over the years and how successful she's become.