St. Martin's, May 2002, 24.95, 336 pp.
In London wealthy heiress Diana Verity marries publisher Ernie Foxton, though he has an underhanded reputation within the industry and amidst the ladies. To Ernie, Diana is the perfect trophy wife when he relocates to New York to take over Blakeley's Publishing House and turn it into a global giant. To Diana, Ernie is her ticket to an exciting youthful world as a major Big Apple hostess.
In Brooklyn, Michael Cicero is making a success out of Green Eggs Books by reissuing out of print classic children's stories. However, Ernie wants control of Green Eggs and ruthlessly succeeds in his endeavor. At the same time, Diana catches Ernie in their bed in an S & M relationship with his mistress. Ernie destroys Diana in the subsequent divorce leading to her friends dropping her like she is contagious. This leads to Michael and Diana forming a partnership whose prime objective is to decapitate Ernie, but grows into something much more positive between them.
FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS is an entertaining relationship drama that focuses on the lifestyles of the rich and famous. The key to the tale that makes Louise Bagshawe's novel different is that the author leaves no doubt that the residents of the world of glitter contain character flaws, some very ugly. Though how much shopping can ornaments do will leave even shopaholics tired though the story line will prove fun for fans of Jackie Collins' HOLLYWOOD WIVES.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner