This is a story of the average person trying to find their way in life. There is life and love that comes from death. It is of the struggle to deal with death and the dearth of feelings of the "could have", "should have" and "would have" feelings. This is especially so for Mick as Kate makes him feel guilty for not being with his father when he died. It is also the pent up feelings of desire between the pair that keeps the fires simmering.
Michael Spillane’s father has died and at the reading of the will receives a surprise, one he is not happy with. He doesn’t want the farm but he doesn’t want Kate to have it either. Mick appears aimless in life. His current job doesn’t hold his interest and neither does the farm. He is angry at Kate but doesn’t understand why he feels this way when he knows it was Kate who betrayed them. He wants to brush Kate aside and get away from her. He becomes the subject of “it’s your child” plot and this devastates Kate.
Kate Conneely is a nurse who gave up her career to nurse Mick’s mother then his father. Kate is concerned that Mick doesn’t want to remain in his home town and tries to convince him that he needs to stay. Of course they disagree about the will and the elements in it. Kate is determined that Mick will care about his parents’ deaths and the farm. She pushes him and finally succumbs to Mick and his charms. There is another man on the scene but Kate wants nothing to do with him even though makes all manner of innuendos at Kate. It certainly appears as though Kate is the stronger of the two but it is her underlying sense of loss that means she is willing to repair the relationship between Mick and herself.
As I read this story, I did find a certain amount of predictability and the story did appear to be divided into two noticeable parts, the devious old school friend and then the “jealous” girlfriend and the associated misunderstandings from those events. The most consistent part was how Mick and Kate dealt with their feelings. However, this does not detract from the story as a whole which was a good and easy read. It is certainly a lesson about how one should never live with regrets.