I had a hard time with this book. I finished it and it was entertaining but I thought the premise was weak and the characters a little idiotic.
For Carr fans, this kind of revisits Ian's and perhaps Paul's story. Patrick has to deal with the death of his best friend and the widow. The idea that Patrick would want to marry Marie out of a misguided attempt "to take care of her" after Jakes death is taking it to the extreme. I find it hard to believe Patrick would be that dumb. At least in Paul's story, he was always in love with Vanni.
On top of that, Patrick fails to really hear Marie and was ready to bulldoze her into a friendship marriage. That doesnt make him seem noble. It makes him a narcissistic selfish twit. Angies reaction of love and understanding, feeling like Patrick is just doing the right thing by throwing her away to be with Marie made me throw up in my mouth just a bit. Then Im left to ponder who is the bigger idiot, Patrick or Angie? Thank god for Marie or I would have wanted to tear the book apart.
I did love to revisit all the old characters and traditions. I wished there were more family scenes and I loved the short side story of Megan. I hope we get to read her grown up story in the future.
Overall, yes read it if you are a fan of Carr and wants to read every book in the series. But if you havent read Carr before, skip this one and find something else by her.