Loved it! The romance was a "slow bloom" indeed, and as such was utterly believable; even with such a huge age difference. I would have thought 30 years to be insurmountable when the younger is just 18-20 (diffiicult enough when the younger is 30), but they really made it work. Every bit of the story just worked for me, and I was delighted it was so long because I never wanted it to end. I'd love to see a sequel, revisit them in 5 years or so and see how things are going.20 July 2011 - read it again, loved it just as much.