I'm not a big fan of the long separation plot normally. Plus, the first review I read on Amazon made it sound like the couple spends the whole book bickering, which I would despise. But I AM a big fan of Dahl, so I bought the book regardless and trusted her talent to see me through.
I wasn't sorry.
For one thing, through the first 70% of the book, Aiden and Kate **are** together. The book begins AT their reunion, and a beautiful one it is (taking into account a day or so of shock - he thought her dead!) Not a spoiler, you learn it in the first pages. No, Kate does not trust him with her secrets immediately, but it's not like her distrust makes no sense. After all she has been through, she wouldn't be ready to spill them at once. Life has not been kind to her. Aiden, too, was keeping some secrets - and believe me, I wouldn't have told Kate those either. Of course, just at the point when Kate is ready to trust again, the plot explodes and prevents it... for a bit, at least. But of course, we are guaranteed our HEA.
This was a book about choices, but it was not a book of particular sorrow and regret. It was a book about a woman who had lived a hard life but was determined to find happiness, and a man who'd lost his self-respect but then found his heart. His heart was Kate, and it was missing as long as she was. When he had her back again, we get to experience his joy with him. Ms. Dahl wrote Aiden marvelously and Kate sympathetically.
I loved it.