WISH COME TRUE

Another Carson Springs murder, given more than due diligence by Goudge (Taste of Honey, 2002, etc.).

Why would shy, formerly overweight, mousy Anna Vicenzi want to kill her glamorous sister? (1) Monica wasn’t very nice; (2) Monica was a world-famous movie star; (3) Monica drank like a fish and hated everybody, especially after the speedboat accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. Nonetheless, her fans still adored her, even if they never knew Anna was the one who dutifully answered their e-mail, posing as Monica with heartfelt but down-to-earth advice. No one saw mean old Monica drown in the pool of her million-dollar mansion after someone pushed her in, wheelchair and all. But a lot of people in Carson Springs think Anna did it—hey, wait . . . it’s flashback time! Monica was sexually assaulted as a girl by their drunken father Joe, mutters Betty, their deranged mother. Anna and her sister Liz do remember vicious beatings and terrified cries in the night, but they didn’t know that. Gee, maybe that’s why Monica was always so bitchy. She drank to hide the pain, huh? (Dated-sounding group therapy sessions are rehashed to make this point several times.) Ah, sweet mystery of life: at last Anna finds love as sexy therapist Marc Raboy encourages her to admit her codependent rage and seek closure. How did she really feel about her sister? Angry, and ashamed of her anger. But Anna counts her blessings and realizes that she’s much luckier than Monica! She finds out that other people have terrible problems too. For example, Marc’s wife is a schizophrenic, in an institution. Talk about your insurmountable obstacles to true love! But Marc always does the right thing, even helping Anna and her chums look for the real killer. Could it be a freaky fan? But which one? Will the culprit will show up at Monica’s funeral?

Endless.

Pub Date: June 23, 2003

ISBN: 0-670-03216-6

Page Count: 400

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2003

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With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.

LOVE AND OTHER WORDS

Eleven years ago, he broke her heart. But he doesn’t know why she never forgave him.

Toggling between past and present, two love stories unfold simultaneously. In the first, Macy Sorensen meets and falls in love with the boy next door, Elliot Petropoulos, in the closet of her dad’s vacation home, where they hide out to discuss their favorite books. In the second, Macy is working as a doctor and engaged to a single father, and she hasn’t spoken to Elliot since their breakup. But a chance encounter forces her to confront the truth: what happened to make Macy stop speaking to Elliot? Ultimately, they’re separated not by time or physical remoteness but by emotional distance—Elliot and Macy always kept their relationship casual because they went to different schools. And as a teen, Macy has more to worry about than which girl Elliot is taking to the prom. After losing her mother at a young age, Macy is navigating her teenage years without a female role model, relying on the time-stamped notes her mother left in her father’s care for guidance. In the present day, Macy’s father is dead as well. She throws herself into her work and rarely comes up for air, not even to plan her upcoming wedding. Since Macy is still living with her fiance while grappling with her feelings for Elliot, the flashbacks offer steamy moments, tender revelations, and sweetly awkward confessions while Macy makes peace with her past and decides her future.

With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.

Pub Date: April 10, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5011-2801-1

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Jan. 23, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2018

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Heartfelt and funny, this enemies-to-lovers romance shows that the best things in life are all-inclusive and nontransferable...

THE UNHONEYMOONERS

An unlucky woman finally gets lucky in love on an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii.

From getting her hand stuck in a claw machine at age 6 to losing her job, Olive Torres has never felt that luck was on her side. But her fortune changes when she scores a free vacation after her identical twin sister and new brother-in-law get food poisoning at their wedding buffet and are too sick to go on their honeymoon. The only catch is that she’ll have to share the honeymoon suite with her least favorite person—Ethan Thomas, the brother of the groom. To make matters worse, Olive’s new boss and Ethan’s ex-girlfriend show up in Hawaii, forcing them both to pretend to be newlyweds so they don’t blow their cover, as their all-inclusive vacation package is nontransferable and in her sister’s name. Plus, Ethan really wants to save face in front of his ex. The story is told almost exclusively from Olive’s point of view, filtering all communication through her cynical lens until Ethan can win her over (and finally have his say in the epilogue). To get to the happily-ever-after, Ethan doesn’t have to prove to Olive that he can be a better man, only that he was never the jerk she thought he was—for instance, when she thought he was judging her for eating cheese curds, maybe he was actually thinking of asking her out. Blending witty banter with healthy adult communication, the fake newlyweds have real chemistry as they talk it out over snorkeling trips, couples massages, and a few too many tropical drinks to get to the truth—that they’re crazy about each other.

Heartfelt and funny, this enemies-to-lovers romance shows that the best things in life are all-inclusive and nontransferable as well as free.

Pub Date: May 14, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5011-2803-5

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: March 3, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2019

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