I was pleasantly surprised with this book. It is true that it is an extremely dark story (the hero mourns his lost wife and kids 5 years after they're gone). It was also very well written, emotional, angsty and with incerdible, palpable tension between the hero and heroine. You can feel Simon's desire and need for his young wife in every page and ache with him. Anne was also a great character; strong and determined to make their marriage a real one, but without being pushy or childish when Simon appears to remain stuck in the past.
This is not a book for everyone. But, for those readers who enjoy a darker edge in their romances, I would highly recommend this one.