Overall, I liked the story and characters, but I thought the novella length left things feeling a little rushed, especially when we completely skip three weeks in what's already a very short time frame. It doesn't give a whole lot of time to really get to know and understand anyone's feelings and attitudes, so maybe that was why I was a bit confused on some of the characters' motivations.
Opal left me a bit mystified--one minute she was fighting down her feelings for Tristan and the next minute she was bemoaning the fact that love and romance didn't exist in the real world. And while I appreciated the complexity of Tristan's background, some of his thoughts and attitudes didn't ring quite true for me.
I did really like the way the tension of holding on vs. moving on was portrayed and the growth in Opal's mother over the course of the story. Also, I haven't read the first book, so I probably didn't appreciate the appearances of Ella and Westley like I should have. ;) Still, I enjoyed the story overall.
Content--a few kisses; some vague, near-suicidal impulses; mentions of a young woman not being allowed to undress a man she is nursing; mentions of profanity (not written); *spoiler* mentions of a man's inappropriate looks and comments toward a woman; mentions of young women being assaulted/abused and killed *spoiler*