It's refreshing to read romance novels that feature protagonists in their 40's! This book had an excellent storyline about a man hardened by his life's circumstances and negative relationship dynamics, whose problems keep snowballing until they threaten to bury him. It takes four innocent children and a patient and forgiving woman to teach him about what's really important in life - family and love, not financial success. A wonderful lesson for the holiday season!
However, this was definitely NOT frilly, light and entertaining reading. The dialogue was almost 100% verbal sparring and arguing. The tension-level in the house was wound so tightly, with way too much counter-productive hostility, resentment, rebelliousness, bitterness and stubborness. I was quite exhausted and mentally drained reading it - it's borderline migraine-inducing! The way Eban reacted to the children, especially Dillon, was downright abusive. Although I applaud the purpose of the story, this was definitely not an enjoyable, relaxing, escapist, romantic or humorous book to read.