Zebra, Oct 2002, 5.99, 304 pp.
Jayne Murphy is urban chic standing on top of the world with her best selling relationship book, Heartbreak 101, that uses her sorrowful experience with photojournalist hunk Riley Davis. Jayne fell in love with Riley, but he did not miss a heartbeat as he skipped town without a look back. Her current project is a retreat workshop for five "dump-ees" that she plans to use for her next self-help book.
However, the tour guide turns out to be clueless Riley who does not realize he is the model starring in Heartbreak 101. Neither one expected the other at this retreat, but there is no question that urban Jayne and wilderness Riley have different opinions on life yet both desperately desire the other. With no common ground except love, this second chance seems doomed to failure once again.
Lisa Plumley is gaining a deserved reputation for her amusing romances and her latest tale RECONSIDERING RILEY, will strengthen her standing among sub-genre fans. The story line is a delightful fluff that is fun from the beginning, but really hooks the audience at the retreat. The key to this comical, at times slapstick, romp is the cast. The two charming lead characters and the support group turn the novel into a marvelous merry mirth.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner