St. Martin's, Jan 2002, 6.50, 352 pp.
Insurance workaholic Claire Brown hopes the vacation with her fiancÚ Bryan Edwards in Aspen helps bring them together and end their drifting apart. That is why she spent the money on first class tickets from Seattle for his birthday, but at the gate Claire learns her travel agency canceled her ticket. After obtaining a last second economy ticket, Claire suffers through a horrendous flight due to the unchaperoned three-year-old aisle mate. However, Claire receives the ultimate kick in the pants when she finds Bryan comfortably snug in their room at the lodge with another woman.
Rather than leave for the coast, an angry, abashed Claire demands a room and lodge owner John McBride reluctantly complies. John loathes the type of career woman Claire is and detests her uncouth actions towards Bryan and his new woman yet he cannot stop his attraction to her. As John and Claire fall in love over her nine days in Colorado, someone wants her dead. Armed with a cell phone and John, Claire hopes to live long enough to enjoy her vacation.
This novel is a humorous contemporary romance starring two wonderful lead characters. The story line is superb when it stays TRUE NORTH as a romantic romp. When the tale veers west into suspense, the plot loses some of its focus. Still Beverly Brandt provides readers with an amusing look at love and the career woman that fans of modern day tales will enjoy.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner