THE BACKUP PLAN
When her producer suggests that it's time she quit her job to have a "real life" in the States, seasoned foreign correspondent Dinah Davis is irate. Eventually seeing reason, Dinah decides to put her backup plan—seeking out and marrying her friend Bobby Beaufort—into effect.
She quickly hits a major snag: While looking for Bobby, she can only find is his brother Cordell. Dinah has always found ne'er-do-well Cord annoying, and she makes no secret of it now.
Irked by her attitude, he fails to tell her that he and Bobby have made good in the construction business in her absence—and that Bobby's engaged! By the time Dinah learns the truth about Bobby's and Cord's feelings for her, it's almost too late.
Though the premise is a bit slim, this story works quite well. Dinah's a very strong heroine, and it's a nice change of pace to see a female character of this type. (Mar., 400 pp., $6.99)