New York Times-Bestselling Author: A trip to Sedona, a disappearing heiress, and a reappearing ex-husband add up to trouble for a straitlaced accountant…
No one craves order more than bean counter Crystal Goldstein. A partner at a New York accounting firm, doting daughter to her aging father, and loyal girlfriend to the equally workaholic Steven, she has her life completely under control. But when she learns that Steven’s been cheating on her with his ex-wife, that her gruff father has spent years yearning for a brother she never knew she had, and that her job may be in jeopardy, she’s brought up really short.
Crystal's best friend—a New Age junkie—convinces her that her aura needs cleansing and her chakras need balancing. With nothing to lose, Crystal takes a long-overdue vacation in mystical, metaphysical Sedona, Arizona. Among the resort’s guests: Amanda Wells Reid, international jet-setter, consummate party-goer, and darling of the society columnists, along with her personal assistant, personal chef, personal trainer, and personal publicist. And their tour driver is none other than the totally irresistible, totally irresponsible husband Crystal tossed out so many years ago.
It doesn’t take a psychic to know that the mix of a reappearing ex-husband whose appeal has only ripened and a millionaire heiress who suddenly vanishes is going to add up to some pretty eye-opening—and mind-expanding—doings….
“A modern spin on a good old-fashioned Cinderella story.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Jane Heller’s special gift for lampooning the pompous and self-absorbed make for enormously funny reading. Crystal Clear will have you snickering from beginning to end.”—RT Book Reviews
Third eyes, divining rods, vortex sites and aura cleansings all figure prominently in Heller's (Princess Charming) latest romantic comedy, a lackluster travelogue through the foibles and desires of the New Age. With her reluctant fiance, Steven, poised to return to his ex-wife, and with her octogenarian father closer to his TV than he is to her, workaholic Manhattan CPA Crystal Goldstein sets off for Sedona, Ariz., for some R&R at the Tranquility Hotel. There she discovers that her ex-husband, Terry Hollenbeck, has become, after their 20 years apart, the responsible owner of Sacred Earth Jeep Tours, and that he's interested in giving their life together another shot. Unfortunately for Crystal, Amanda Reid, the aspiring "Martha Stewart of Metaphysics," also turns up in Crystal's tour group. But even Amanda's mysterious disappearance can't save the novel: all the info on New Age techniques and the Native American Southwest reads more like Fodor's than fiction. Clunky transitions and chatty digressions slow the pace, creating word jams in what starts out as a lively read. Heller also has a weakness for setting up minor characters as human bowling pins to be scattered by Crystal's superior wit. Straining to pitch a New Age tent over all the genre bases (romance, comedy, mystery), Heller covers none sufficiently.