Dutton, Aug 2002, 24.95, 320 pp.
Everyone who knows Carolina Mountcastle has to feel a bit of envy even as they like and admire the almost fortyish woman. Caroline is happily married to a stud Lyon, who loves her as if they just met. They have a wonderful adjusted teenager Richie. Finally she runs a very successful florist shop in Manhattan that is thriving, as the elite seem to always want her to do their functions. Perhaps the only downturn is that Lyon spends a lot of time conducting business in Amsterdam.
However, Carolina's ideal world crashes when she receives the call from Dutch police officer Verhoeven that her spouse suffered a fatal heart attack. Thinking she hit rock bottom, Carolina's comfort zone collapses further when she learns her beloved husband kept a woman in Amsterdam and sired a child with her. As she struggles to adjust to the betrayal, her florist business comes under attack from a ruthless foe with no scruples. Only her brother, and to a lesser degree her son, and Seth Foster appear in her court unless she can forgive and forget in order to embrace the future.
THE BEST IS YET TO COME is an exciting relationship drama that focuses mostly on Carolina, but indirectly on Lyon through the thoughts of several cast members. The story line is at its finest when the tale centers on Carolina and those close to her. The characters are well written except for the bad competitor who makes Cruella de Ville seem like Mother Theresa in comparison. Still, readers will take pleasure from Judith Gould's inspirational tale.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner