MY ONE AND ONLY
Avon, May 2002, 5.99, 384 pp.
Over a decade ago Harrison Montgomery saved Abigail Lee's life when he provided her employment following the murders of her parents. Harrison's kindness enabled Abigail to keep her younger sister Rachel with her and she would do anything for her mentor and his family.
However, the company is in trouble so Abigail turns to an international expert on saving failing businesses for help. She turns to Harrison's alienated illegitimate son Ethan Maddux just prior to the man flying to Prague for a conference. Neither father nor son look upon Abigail's request with favor as they have not spoken in two decades, but she continues her pursuit of saving the business and even more important: a reconciliation between the two. As Ethan and Abigail fall in love, he wonders if she really is his father's paramour, but his doubts don't stop him from needing to keep her safe when her life is threatened.
This is a strong cast especially the dynamic secondary characters. The lead couple is a charming duo as Abigail is an intrepid individual while Ethan occasionally overplays the angst-laden family victim remains a viable delightful protagonist. The story line is fast-paced especially when the suspense of the who-done-it and doing-it kicks into full gear. Fans will enjoy MacKenzie Taylor's debut novel and want a sequel a few years into the future starring the heroine's sister (and a couple of nieces/nephews).
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner