St. Martin's, May 2003, 6.50, 336 pp.
Party animal Katya Morgan is shocked to learn that her dad died, but is even more stunned when she learns he cut her out of his will. She concludes his second wife Jillian did her in and plans to take her stepmother to court, but has no money for a lawyer. Jillian calls hotel manager Alex Sheridan to ask him if he will hire Katya when she goes to stay at there.
Alex offers Katya a housekeeping job, which she is forced to accept though she pays for a room with her jewelry. When another housekeeper is hurt in an elevator accident, Katya takes in the woman's dog. When the canine becomes ill, Alex returns her jewelry so that she can pawn it to pay her vet bill. When Kayta decides to use the money to hire a lawyer, though he loves her, Alex ends their relationship because he believes she should spend the money on the dog. Katya cares deeply for the dog and Alex, but equates love with money because she has had no other experience since her mother died when she was ten, leaving no future with her beloved.
ROOM SERVICE is similar to “Maid to Order” except that the tough love comes from the lead female protagonist's deceased dad instead of a fairy godmother. Readers will enjoy this tale because of the cast especially Katya. The secondary characters provide a sense of deepness that gives the audience true measures of what motivates Katya or Alex. Beverly Brandt, author of RECORD TIME and TRUE NORTH, will receive accolades from an appreciative audience.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner