It was a very compelling story, the way both MCs were struggling with their problems was written in a very gripping way. Nevertheless, over the time it somehow lost it's steam. What will stay with me is the striking way of bringing across the layers of alcoholism - on the surface functioning rather well, but underneath the lure of the bottle almost always present. Very gripping, indeed.
On top of that the development of the relationship between both challenged men, how they worked to overcome their handicaps to be worthy of the other one, the whole writing of the story was just perfect. That made this book a very positive read.
My only niggle - yes, I have one of those again, sorry - would be that the storyline with the Foster woman was rather inexplicable.