This book started out a bit slow for my tastes, but at about halfway through I realized that it actually worked for this story very well. I loved the interplay between Caleb and John. I also thought that the issues they had with their realtionship felt dead-on and exactly what they should have been. I loved John's Mom and the part she played in this story. I do think that this book is not quite as good as the first in this series; but nonetheless it was still a very good read and one I did not want to put down at all. As usual, there were tears, but just not quite as many as with book one. Definitely a worthwhile and enjoyable read!