In the beginning, this was a great book which kept me reading and not able to put down. However, the Heroine (Sarah) becomes rather annoying after marriage to the Hero with her unshakeable sense of "DUTY". Also, the whole plot regarding the past love she was not able to get over and ignored due to her "duty" to her husband was pathetic. Almost everytime she ran into her lost love, she almost immediately ran to her husband for sex (please - get real!) Portraying the Heroine as such a lost, sad and tragic figure due to her lost love was BORING!! I liked the characters of Nicholas and Sinjin. However, although Sarah started out as a very likeable character, I ultimately ended up despising her for her misguided sense of duty,her inability to leave behind her lost love (especially since she had already admitted that she loved her husband) and her misuse/abuse of Sinjin. Why run to him when she has a husband more than capable of taking care of her? Especially at the end when she confronted Findlay? Why ask Sinjin to be there to help her and not Nicholas, her husband - but yet, she writes a really sappy disgusting goodbye love letter to her husband, Nicholas, describing where she is and what she is doing. Great book up to a certain point, then proceeds to become annoying and ridiculous. At one point, I was so frustrated and angry with Sarah that I wanted to throw the book away without finishing it. However, I made myself finish it and really wish I hadn't!!! Hope to see a book about Sinjin.