“Humor, heat, and a sexy Frenchman” kick off this series of once-rich, now-poor sisters who must blaze their own trails to happily ever after (Helen Hardt, #1 New York Times bestselling author).
Manderley Maxwell has always been the dependable, hard-working one while her younger sisters live A-list lives, courtesy of their family fortune . . . until it’s suddenly lost, leaving behind a truckload of debt! Now Mandy is faced with two choices: play perpetual caretaker to her spoiled siblings, or finally break out of her predictable routine—by way of France . . .
When Mandy’s boss relocates for the summer, Mandy is really just trading in coffee runs for running errands through the streets of Cannes—until handsome, debonair Girard Fortune Xavier de Maloret sweeps her off her feet—by saving her from falling off a cliff. Mandy’s walking on air—except that she’s living in the chic shadow of the first Madame de Maloret, complete with whispers about the suddenly secretive Xavier’s part in her disappearance. Again, Mandy has two choices: be the unfortunate, duped American—or the gutsy, fierce woman who’ll track down the truth in the name of true love . . .
“An exquisitely written tale filled with such depth and detail, you’ll hate to see the last page turned.”—Cindy Miles, USA Today bestselling author
“Poignant, character-driven storytelling at its finest.”—Renee Ryan, Daphne du Maurier Award-winning author
“Superb suspenseful writing and just enough twists and turns to keep the reader interested without an overdose of angst.”—USA Today, Happy Ever After
Daphne Du Maurier's darkly gothic novel Rebecca provides the inspiration for this old-fashioned contemporary romance from Brown (the It Girls series). Manderley Maxwell, named for Du Maurier's crumbling estate, feels out of place in the glam world of Hollywood. As personal assistant to big-time screenwriter Olivia Tate, her best friend from college, "strictly B-list" Manderley mourns the recent accidental deaths of her father and favorite aunt and dreams of writing novels someday. Right now she's stuck in posh Cannes, France, where Olivia's up for a Palme d'Or award. Suddenly Manderley meets "delicious" Xavier de Maloret, heir to a luxury yacht-building company. Xavier "thrills and terrifies" her with his secretive, paternalistic manner, and she's drawn to him despite his mysterious, possibly nefarious, past. Convinced that Xavier only needs true love to help repair the "invisible emotional thorn" lodged in his metaphorical paw, Manderley agrees to marry him. Left alone at his family estate, she finally begins to wonder about his last wife's mysterious disappearance and whether she might be next. If readers can get past Manderley's passivity and Xavier's manipulative arrogance, they will enjoy Brown's descriptions of a world of luxury.