Book Review

FEMALE INTELLIGENCE
by Jane Heller

Genre: Romantic Suspense

2001 Best Contemporary Novel Nominee

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You can always count on Jane Heller to take a subject and turn it on its ear. This is a wonderfully witty and humorous book that pokes fun at the whole industry of male-female communication.

Linguist Lynn Wyman seems to have it all: a good marriage and a very successful career expounding on the Wyman Method for teaching men to communicate better with women. That was before she discovered that her husband Kip was cheating on her and the ensuing tabloid scandal that destroyed her career.

Desperate to rebuild her life, Lynn sees an article on the country's toughest bosses and decides that is her new approach. She will take on Brandon Brock of Finefoods Inc. and make him into a more approachable boss. Of course, Lynn must first convince Brandon that he has a problem and that she is the person to solve it. She doesn't expect her new subject to be both aggravating and disturbingly attractive.

Lynn has another problem, one that she is not even aware of: there is a saboteur in her life. Someone is doing their level best to destroy her. If she is ever going to get her life on track, Lynn has a lot of tough communicating to do.

(Apr., 352 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: St. Martin's

Published: April 2001

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Female Intelligence

Submitted by Robin in PA on June 25, 2014 - 8:10pm.

Lynn Wyman is a self-help guru who has successfully used the "Wyman Method" to train men in the correct way to communicate with the women in their lives. But her whole practice falls apart when the media prints the story about her husband's affair and her credibility goes down the drain. After reading an article in Fortune magazine called "America's Toughest Bosses", Lynn decides to salvage her career by teaching CEO Brandon Brock how to talk to the women who work for him. The plan is perfect, but Brandon wants nothing to do with it...or her.

In this book, Jane Heller uses her trademark humor to mock the self-help industry. Lynn is a single-minded career woman who wants to salvage her career by landing a famous no-nonsense CEO as her client. Brandon is a chauvinist who believes women should be home taking care of the children. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially some of Lynn's teaching methods like driving her client out into the country, getting them lost, then making them ask for directions. My rating: 4 Stars.