Having bombed the previous book, I went into this one not expecting much, and wandered out of it pleasantly surprised! Rick and Jessica were good characters, very realistic feeling, especially since Jessica kept thinking the worst of Rick. I like how tender it got at times, as Jessica learned that her father had pretty much lied to her about her grandparents, and the tenderness came as she got to know them. I also enjoyed watching the inevitable thawing that happened between Jessica and Rick, and I also liked seeing the hope develop that Joe and Marie's son would eventually get his head out of his rear end and find his way back to a relationship with them as he watched his daughter get to know them and pine for their way of life. It was a good way to spend a quiet afternoon!