I didn't like this book, but not because it was slow. I didn't mind the slow part, and I did think it was necessary to explain how the circumstances of their marriage was the way it was.
But . . .
First, I had really come to like Michael from the first two books in the series. He comes across as a steady, reliable person, with a lot of depth. In short, I had really come to like him. I did not recognize Michael at all in this book. He acts totally out of character for how I had expected the other Michael to act. Also, I felt that Michael deserved better than second-hand love, a love that was given to him "because he was always there", that "she could come to like him also". I really think Michael deserved better than that, he deserved to have his wife love him for all his real qualities. Instead, Michael comes across as Rachel's second choice - we never actually see her totally renouncing her first love. (And she could easily have done so - who hasn't had a first, yet long ago love?)
Second, Rachel does not get developed at all this book. We get to see that she's beautiful - and that men desire her - but that's it. I know she's quiet - but even quiet people can have SOME personality.
Third, even though I usually like mysteries as a subplot, and the mystery was quite good, having read all Agatha Christie's books, it was all to obvious who the culprit was. (There, I gave you a really big hint).
Candace Camp, as always, writes beautifully, and it is always a pleasure to read a novel of hers, even if I didn't like the characters.
In her defense, I would have to say that she had set the book up to be a very hard one to do - a marriage that was a sham for ten years to suddenly turn into a real one is a very difficult concept to pull off well - but I guess I was expecting some kind of flash of brilliance, which this book definitely did not have.
Oh, and the name Lillith, by the way, is a very funny one to use for such a nice lady. I'm sure she didn't know that the original Lillith was the demon of sexual temptation in Jewish lore! The person who should have been named Lillith was actually Lady Vesey!
I wish Ms. Camp would re-write this book!