I am so grateful I picked this up used for only $2. Cannot believe how much I hated this book. The story is weak and the characters are just plain gross. What can I say. First, Elizabeth is about as boring and shallow a character as you can imagine. She gave up her dream of being a painter to be a good wife and mother and follow hubby, Jack, around the country while he pursued his dream and, I gather, pretty much jumped on any little ole thing that crossed his path. Ick. And natch, when Elizabeth decides she needs a break so that she can figure out what to do with her empty and unhappy life, Jack can't keep it in his pants for a few measly months in spite of being devastated by the loss of Elizabeth's love and their family. As if all of that wasn't bad enough, the ending was stupid. I'm sorry, there is no other word for it. Stupid. Elizabeth and Jack decide they can live happily ever after and all it takes is Elizabeth following Jack to NYC, enrolling in graduate school, and Jack feeling bad for sleeping with his assistant during the separation.Oh yeah, Jack doesn't tell Elizabeth when they reconcile about his little dalliance with his assistant. So is it just me, but doesn't that seem like kind of a critical piece of information to share if you're trying to start fresh. I cannot imagine that at some point in the future it is not coming back to bite someone in the tush. Man, I seriously just wanted to slap these two people silly and say, get a life, grow up, and quit whining.