I wanted to love this book, but I can only say I liked it. It has a great premise as the reader witnesses a confluence of the issues and challenges in the lives of a dying old man and his 40ish hospice nurse. About a third of the way through, I almost stopped reading as I felt the plot had become predictable. However, I read through, and I'm glad I did. Due to good writing and pacing, I enjoyed getting to know the characters on a deeper level even though the plot was quite close to what I predicted. However, the 4 star clincher was that in many respects, I felt the end was rushed and too pat in parts which detracted from the genuine emotion generated by the characters. I was particularly annoyed that the "villain" had become almost a characature, and the resolution of his part of the story was way too pat and, perhaps even silly. Nevertheless, it was a good enough read.