** spoiler alert ** While there were good parts in the story and it moved along rather well, I found it difficult to understand why Claire was laying so much of her unhappiness on her husband Max. She was a doormat to him by her choice and her beliefs of what submission was suppose to look like. Sure Max basked in it and for the most part, she came off as enjoying her role, never creating waves in their happy-on-the-surface marriage. Max was left clueless to discover she felt the way she did. As we move through the book, we get to see some of Max' negligence of her and their children as it relates to putting his business first. We learn that he shows up late or not at all for events. His best friends are a few of his employees. While this is going on, Claire encourages her daughter Jenna to take a look at the way her own husband treats her and for her to not make the same mistakes she made. Max doesn't like the "new" take-a-stand-for-herself Claire and makes only token gestures to win her back despite his saying that he would do anything to make amends. He then "amends" that statement by saying "almost anything." Then he threatens to walk out on her although they aren't exactly together. They're a couple of whineys. The ending tied up too nicely with the reconciliation being too quickly remedied -- at least from a reader's viewpoint. We don't get to see any struggle from Max as he starts the reconciliation process. Like as soon as his dad makes a suggestion, Max is now an ace and automatically knows exactly what Claire needs. He magically turns from "The Putz" to super hero.
This is a great book! Marriage is hard work. It's nice to read about people who mess things up, recognize their sin, repent, and are willing to do what it takes to find "new love" with the wife/husband of their youth.
This is an excellent book! The characters have depth and seem real. It is indeed thought-provoking and does speak to those at all stages of their marriage. I've read a lot of Gary Smalley, but this is the first time I've read Sally John. They have combined to make a great team. I'm very much looking forward to reading other books in this series.