Mira, Oct 2003, 6.50, 384 pp.
Divorced and a former rising architectural superstar, Holly Fairfield knows how fast one can fall from grace. To save her collapsed career she has relocated from Seattle to San Francisco where her brother, fresh from being fired from corporate America, joins her. Holly feels she has gotten her break when surprisingly Daniel East hires her to renovate the family's landmark restaurant The Cutty House.
Daniel's uncle, aunt and cousin are stunned when they are introduced to Holly. She later learns that she is the doppelganger of Ryan's deceased fiancée Nina who died a decade ago in an automobile accident with everyone blaming him for her death. As Holly and Ryan fall in love, she believes he still loves Nina, not yet understanding the dysfunctional interrelationships between his family members.
Though the coincidence of a near perfect look alike seems stretched even if everyone has been told they look like so and so, fans will appreciate this thrilling romantic suspense. The story line is interesting as the truth of what happened to Nina begins to surface. A secondary romance augments the prime plot and hopefully will turn fruitful in a sequel, as the seeds of a delightful tale have been planted. Readers will enjoy Olga Bicos' fine tale of destructive family secrets.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner