Phillip is a ship's captain and has spent most of his time at sea. He is efficient and knows his job. Get him on land and he is uncomfortable. He has 3 children that he barely knows. Ben was raised by free-spirited and unconventional parents. He is the vicar (but pleasantly an open minded one) and craves structure.
I thought both Ben and Phillip complimented each other. I liked their communication with each other. I would have liked a little more on Phillip's relationship with his kids. I did like how Phillip recognized his son's reading difficulty and acknowledged his own. I'm glad Alice had a little bit of a story-line and I assume a HEA.