Arabesque, Jul 2002, 6.99, 352 pp.
Alexis Stevenson believes her ex-husband Jack is an idiot for giving up all rights to their daughter Tara so he would not lose half their estate to her in the divorce. It did not matter to Jack that he cheated on her and that his former wife cooperated with the divorce. Instead, he leaves his spouse, who spent much of her time in support of his career at the cost of her own profession, with monetary problems while he continues to live the good life. Still Alexis pities him for not understanding what is truly important.
Alexis obtains work as the home manager for the three Harrington bachelors. However, she worries that she finds herself quite attracted to one of her employers Telford. As they begin to fall in love, encouraged by her precocious daughter, Jack, having repeated the same error several times, begins interfering causing a distrustful rift between Alexis and Telford.
You don't know Jack if you have not read Gwynne Forster, one of the best contemporary romance writers of the last few years. Her latest tale, ONCE IN A LIFETIME, is a marvelous story starring a strong cast who makes the tale work on several levels. Though Jack seems unreal at times, Telford and Alexis are a great lead duet and the support provided by Tara and his two siblings enhance the audience's understanding of the protagonists and the significance of love in anyone's life. Ms. Forster beguiles readers with this strong novel that requires loving sequels.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner