This book appealed to me on a very visceral level. I felt connected to the h immediately and felt her pain and dismay concerning her husband's lack of love and respect towards her. There were times when she got whiny but there was always someone there to slap reality back in her face. If a book is going to be an angsty and an emotional roller coaster then I want, need, to feel and believe in the reasons behind it. I thought that the characters were each depicted in a way that I saw their sides and felt their fear and frustration. Dramatic but "believable" dramatic. This definitely read like a Harlequin Presents book with the obligatory rich Italian H, the sweet innocent h that finds strength and enough shit that she needs to persevere through.