Amanda Brown is a Stanford Law School graduate, but her life took a huge turn when her first novel, LEGALLY BLONDE, was made into a hit movie. She now writes full time.
Brown (Legally Blonde) has come up with another winning premise. Becca Reinhart, a scrappy, self-made 31-year-old workaholic on Wall Street's fast track, loves her job and has no interest in snagging a husband. Edward Kirkland, a genteel, good-natured bachelor in his mid-30s, is content to handle the family's philanthropies and don a tux to dine for a good cause most evenings. He is expected to marry Bunny Stirrup, daughter of neighbors in the Hamptons, but is in no hurry to do so. Becca and Edward are thrust together when they become the co-guardians of Emily Stearns, a four-year-old suddenly orphaned by the death of both parents. Emily's mother had been Becca's best friend, and her father Edward's. Precocious Emily, heir to a fortune, desperately needs love and attention. Becca gives up business meetings in Paris and Stockholm to see that Emily is accepted into the right nursery school. Edward gives up his treasured "irresponsible solitude," as well as his regular squash game, to play hide and seek. The less-than-maternal Bunny, threatened by Becca and the change in Edward's lifestyle, connives with his mother to hasten their nuptials, going so far as to engage a wedding coordinator and place an announcement in the Sunday Times. Edward is bewildered, but he's too much of a dutiful son to call a halt-even though lately he finds himself wondering what it would be like to kiss Becca. The hasty and contrived climax defies credibility, but this featherlight charmer makes a perfect beach read. (July) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
This new romance from the author of Legally Blonde lacks any substance or style; the first sentence should serve as fair warning to what follows: "Becca Reinhart laughed." Beautiful, bright, successful, young, and Jewish, Becca is so career-oriented that she has no interest in dating. Edward Kirkland doesn't work at all, having come by his money the old-fashioned way: he's inherited it. Edward ostensibly manages the family's philanthropic foundation, which involves the skills of a social secretary to juggle his appearances at various charity events with the proper WASPy woman on his arm. Edward's best friend, Arthur, has fathered a child with Amy, whom we are expected to believe is Becca's best friend, although they haven't seen each other in months. When Amy and Arthur are killed in an accident, Becca and Edward discover that they have been appointed guardians of Amy and Arthur's daughter. The rest of the story is as predictable and boring as the characters. Note, however, that there's lots of prepublication buzz on this one because of the (very cute) movie version of Legally Blonde (the sequel will be released in July). Buy for demand only.-Stacy Alesi, Southwest Cty. Regional Lib., Boca Raton, FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.