What I'd like to talk about this morning is why you need her (or any agent) to fall in love before you accept her offer.
Have you ever been in a relationship where you thought the world of the guy and he was just meh? Or flip it over: Have you ever been in the situation where he was the one in love and you were meh? Either way, the long term prospects probably weren't good. One of you was willing to put in a tremendous amount of work to make the relationship succeed while the other's heart just wasn't in it.
Think about the agent/author relationship as something that can't exist without the love. You're putting your all into it, and they should be, too. Problem is, they won't be putting in the effort if they aren't feeling the love. They can't afford to. And you can't afford to be in that relationship if that's the case either.
But, you may say to yourself, I don't need them to love my book, I just need them to sell it. Been there, thought that. Desperation will make you think a lot of crazy things sometimes. Like 'I can make him love me, if I just a) wait long enough, b) try harder, c) change myself...' You get the point.
So, when you get a rejection where the agent tells you they liked your work, but they just didn't love it, cut them some slack. Accept the gift they're giving you. Now you're free to find that one special someone who loves your work as much as you do. And if you have to wait for what seems like eons, so be it.
Because somewhere out there is an agent who'll love this manuscript so much they can't help but shout their love from every tall tree. And as we all know, that's where the sales comes from.
*You know those lumpy cylinder things on your laptop's power cord? Under the plastic sheath and over the wire is a toroid. It keeps EMI (basically like static) from dancing up your power cord and frying your computer's delicate parts. There are other EMI devices inside the case, too. Sometimes so tiny they look like grains of pepper in your palm. =o)