This was a re-read for me, but I had completely forgotten most of the story. The beginning was slow for me, the pace picking up after the "war" started between Bannor, Willow, and Bannor's unruly brood. I didn't like Bannor much; he is a very passive hero, letting his passel of kids walk all over him, as well as disrespect his wife. He got what he deserved after Willow and the children form an alliance against him. I did like Willow and felt a lot of sympathy for her. All she wanted was someone to give a crap about her, but none of the adults in her life were there for her when she was a child, and Bannor wasn't exactly a knight in shining armor - at first at any rate.
I thought this aged rather well, and recommend it for a lazy afternoon read.