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From The CriticsHyde's novel can be summed up as follows: Rough-around-the-edges guy conquers his insecurities, comes to terms with the past and gives God and his family a second chance. This book is just as syrupy as the author's odd bestseller, last year's Pay It Forward, which Hollywood processed into a movie starring Kevin Spacey. In Pay It Forward, Hyde was bent on changing the world. Here, she zeroes in on the evolution of one man, Hayden Reese. Hayden's wife leaves him after he's sent to jail for beating his teen-age daughter's date to a pulp; he becomes a bitter loner as a result. Hayden is a fairly complex character whose actions and motives are delightfully unpredictable, but Hyde fails to convey just why Hayden's so damn angry. Sure he's had a few great disappointments, but he also has a lot going for him. The other characters are shallow, and the plot is sentimental. The fact that characters use a great deal of gruff talk doesn't really compensate. Complete with a smidgen of violence and a dab of romance, the book feels contrived, its ingredients carefully weighed to manipulate emotions.