Embellishing on a familiar theme, Danielle Steel writes about a 47-year-
old woman who is devastated when her husband unexpectedly leaves her for a younger woman. While it's easy to sympathize with Paris Armstrong, it's hard to empathize with her lack of anger toward her husband, Peter. That she doesn't lash out against the lout gives her an air of perfection that few mortals can attain.Steel's latest novel is decidedly fast-paced and holds the reader's
attention as to whether Paris will be able to find love after her painful divorce. With characters that lack neither wealth nor physical attractiveness, this latest standard fare from Steel is great escapist fiction.

Deciding to move to San Francisco, Paris Armstrongmeets Bixby, a man who plans expensive parties and happens to be in need of an assistant.

Immersed in the world of party-planning, Paris meets and dates exciting, if not always suitable, men.

First, there's the jet-setting, commitment-phobic Ferrari owner and later she has a fling with a French photographer.

(Mar., 370 pp., $26.95)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick