When Carlisle Wainwright Cushing left her native Texas to start a new life in Boston, she had no regrets. The former Texas debutante, who never felt at home in her Southern skin, had found liberation--or so she thought. Until the day she gets an urgent call from her mother, reporting that: one, the Symphony Association Debutante Ball, which Carlisle's family has sponsored for years, is about to be called off; Two, her mother's divorce has the whole town talking; And three, the family's good name is at stake and Carlisle is the only one who can fix it all. So Carlisle takes a leave of absence from her law firm and goes to Texas to help. Her fiance, who has no idea she's an heiress, can't know that she's organizing the ball, handling the dramas of the girls involved, settling her mother's suit--and coming face to face with the true love of her life, whom she ran out on when she left Texas. Her trip home challenges Carlisle's sense of herself and brings the pieces of her past togther, so that when she finally re-meets the man of her dreams, she's in a perfect place to tempt fate.
Jason Culp's narration adds edge to this tightly plotted corporate thriller about the deadly chain of events launched by a pharmaceutical firm executive after he discovers that a paper-shredding firm is stealing financial secrets from his wastepaper baskets. Harrison delights in providing descriptive nuggets about the buildings and culture of New York City. In the wrong hands, these could become dull, but Culp delivers the exposition with vigor and never allows the pacing to flag. When voicing dialogue, he produces an array of convincing accents, and subtly indicates gender with slight shifts in pitch. The novel's action scenes particularly a short, vicious fight involving a pair of hedge clippers develop an especially visceral impact when Culp narrates them. In sum, the gripping story and the deft reading make for a solid listening experience. Simultaneous release with the FSG hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 18).
It is a predictable, easy read. Nothing spectacular, just a mindless read. And sometimes they are the right one.
This book was a wonderful read. Although it started a lot like her other book devil in the junior league, it was a true heart wrenching make you want to hug your mom and sisters kind of story!