1. I think the characters were extremely one-dimensional. Gerry is a Mister Rogers: He's quiet, kind and honest. Which makes the wife that left him nothing but a bitch, and his son is a jerk for not being exactly like Gerry.
2. There's no ending. The book ends but the plot has absolutely no resolution.
3. This book romanticizes sex trafficking. Gerry is a sweet old man looking for love so he goes and rescues poor, poor Maria and they live happily ever after the end. Click here to read more about the connection between mail order brides and trafficking: http://www.unc.edu/~birkos/mail_order_brides/trafficking.html
It's unnerving that none of the other reviewers have made similar comments.