This somehow seems like the new Twilight... She loses the guy, spends the whole book without him and as it seems falls in love with another guy, then she finds out that the first guy is (most probably) alive. And there we have another Edward-Bella-Jacob combination. It makes me sick. Way to spoil a book.
If she found out her mother survived all those years, when she thought she had died, didn't she have any hope that Alex would still be alive?? She seemed to give up too easily. The love of her life the one she risked it ALL for!
Shokora, if you feel like a love triangle situation is exclusive to Twilight, you need to read some more books.