Glum second-chance romance.
The indefatigable Steel gives it her all, but with mixed results, to energize this all-too-familiar tale of a neglected middle-aged wife. Faith Madison knows there’s no hope for her marriage to Alex, a New York investment banker, and there’s little else in her life to look forward to now that her darling daughters Eloise and Zoe are grown and gone. All she seems to be doing lately is going to funerals for relatives, including her stepfather Charles. He was a pillar outwardly but cold to his new family, and much too strict with her beloved brother Jack. At least Charles didn’t sexually molest Faith as her real father did. She tried to tell her mother about it for years—backed up by Jack—but she refused to listen, accusing Faith of lying. Thus, Faith learned to endure misery in noble silence. She put her energy into raising her daughters and doing charity work, plus being Alex’s perfect wife. But the death of her brother Jack a few years ago shattered her tranquil world and raised the Big Question: Will she ever find happiness? Pondering this at Charles’s funeral, she suddenly hears a voice from the past—yes, the sexy baritone of her brother’s best friend Brad Patterson, in New York briefly from the West Coast. He’s an attorney and thinks Faith’s plan to go back to law school is a super idea, though Alex heartlessly points out that she’ll be 50 by the time she graduates. Nonetheless, Brad and Faith e-mail each other, and inevitably fall in love. Contrived complications ensue: a pair of thong underwear is found in Alex’s bed, though daughter Eloise has the cheek to blame Faith for the marriage’s breakup; and Brad’s son Jason is comatose after an accident. Will all prayers be answered? Yup.
Routine fare from megaselling Steel, apparently suffering from plot fatigue.