St. Martin's, Jul 2003, 24.95, 384 pp.
In England, the four Hasty sisters are stunned by the suicide death of their larger than life father, affectionately known as the Zed. Perhaps as shocking is how much he lived above his income, which included keeping the foursome in opulence. Now the siblings face monstrous debts that require they sell their beloved home, Melismate.
In a desperate effort to avoid losing their family home, the oldest sister Rufa insists that she and beautiful sister, Nancy the tease, must find wealthy spouses; thus she sets up the rules of THE MARRYING GAME. Lydia is exempt because she still loves her ex-husband and is raising a young child. Also off the hook is the youngest Selena who still attends school. Although the Hasty women seek affluence in London, the three oldest soon will need to decide between love and money.
This relationship drama is fun to read due to the four sisters and several males who enter their spheres of lives. The story line is character driven so fans that prefer action and suspense need to journey elsewhere. However readers, who value highly in depth looks at people struggling to save a way of life will want to join the keenly written THE MARRYING GAME.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner