Leave it to Cleavage Book Summary and Study Guide

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Bantam, Aug 2004, 6.50
ISBN: 0553586149

In Truro, Georgia, Miranda Smith seeks a stamp, but instead finds photos of her husband in lingerie with a female hand on his butt. She next pulls out of the garbage a torn letter from the Liberty National Bank stating that her family's century plus women's unmentionables manufacturing business of which Tom is CEO, Ballantyne Bras, is in financial trouble. Uncovering fraud at the office and that all their joint accounts except a minor checking account were zeroed out, Miranda knows Tom left her with a disaster.
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Following a few days of weeping, Miranda takes charge, faking contact with Tom, who she insists is in Hong Kong. Putting up property to back a loan, Miranda begins making over the company to save it. At the same time, an anonymous female calls the divorced Chief of Police Blake Summers about the disappearance of Tom. He asks questions of Miranda and finds himself attracted to her until his athletic teenage daughter enters a beauty contest sponsored by Ballantyne Bras. Miranda reciprocates his warmest feelings, but she believes once burned twice as cautious. She has a business and a one company town to save and she believes that comes first. The romance between the suspecting cop and the new company head comes late in the story.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Making a living subplot    -   Yes Making a living:    -   working at a business Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   angst over past traitorous lover

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   business executive


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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