CHARM! by Kendall Hart


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Trashy fiction purportedly written by conniving Kendall Hart, Erica Kane’s trouble magnet of a daughter on the daytime TV drama All My Children.

Whoever’s doing Kendall’s writing for her (the publisher isn’t telling) has come up with an appropriately soap-operatic plot. Avery Wilkins, the green-eyed beauty behind Flair Cosmetics, has a deep, dark secret or two. Her background includes an alcoholic mom suffering from Alzheimer’s; an abusive, deadbeat dad; and her late business partner and married lover, who left 51 percent of the shares in Flair to his party girl daughter Parker. One day the phone rings. Close-up on Avery’s startled green eyes as she learns that it’s a famous actress, now on the skids, claiming to be her birth mother. How will Avery cope with learning she was adopted while at the same time trying to launch Flair’s new perfume, juggle two beaus (Marcus and Brad) and sidestep Parker’s jealous machinations? She’ll put on a fabulous purple silk blouse (cue another close-up), do a People interview with her actress mom about their reuniting, then jet off to Paris to settle on the new scent. On her return, however, more trouble awaits. She learns she has a half-sister, Lucy, who may be passing secret information to a company rival. She shuttles Parker to a rehab facility. Feeling a bit queasy in the mornings, she realizes that she’s pregnant by Marcus…or maybe Brad. Will the perfume get launched without further incident? Close-up on Avery’s fabulous green eyes just before she’s blindfolded by kidnappers and helicoptored to the wilds of the Adirondacks. What next? A daring escape, a pregnancy epiphany and a close-up of those amazing green eyes just before the fadeout.

All My Children addicts, who have doted on Kendall’s story all fall, will relish the posh clothes, dishy men and chaotic relationships. Others may prefer to switch channels.

Pub Date: Feb. 5th, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4013-0307-5
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Hyperion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2007