LUNCH WITH CASSIE by Janet M. Henderson


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Nobody is wholly innocent in this romantic thriller.

On her wedding day, Cassie wakes up hoping for what every bride dreams of–a long, happy life with her husband-to-be. But Cassie is no girl-next-door; she’s the daughter of a congressman, an accomplished photographer and a cosmopolitan woman who has traveled the world and amassed quite a few lovers along the way. On the day she met her fiancé, Jeff, she was nearly kidnapped by thugs sent by an African prince determined to make her his third wife. Despite the efforts of Jeff’s bitterly jealous ex-girlfriend and an unexpected kiss between Cassie and the handsome billionaire Jonathan Hunter, the wedding goes off without a hitch, and Cassie and Jeff set off to begin their life together in Washington, D.C. Seven years later, they return to Chicago after Jeff accepts a position as the head of the cardiology department at Metropolitan Hospital. Their daughter Charlie soon befriends Jonny, the young, often-neglected son of hotel mogul Jonathan. Because Jonny’s mother has passed away, Cassie steps in to help care for him, and soon finds herself caring for the father as well. Though she still loves her husband and hates the idea of betraying him, Cassie quickly falls for the thrilling Jonathan and his lavish attention, as Jeff puts in longer hours at work and seems to be hiding something from her. Meanwhile, she notices a mysterious black car often parked outside her house. Thus begins a rollercoaster romance novel that throws nearly every plot twist imaginable at its large, multiracial cast of characters. Though she often slips into excessive expository description and the occasional passage of purple prose, the author never completely loses control of her story. Ultimately, her debut reads like a long, long juicy story from a close friend.

A big, crowded, frothy soap opera.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 1-4208-6196-4
Program: Kirkus Indie
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