Lola Laforet, a chef at the Hotel Riviera in France, hasn't seen her husband in over six months. After meeting Patrick in Las Vegas, they married and moved to his home in France, where the pair lived blissfully for a while before his abrupt disappearance.

Adler's picturesque descriptions of the sun-kissed Cote d'Azur feed the imagination, as the colorful characters residing at the hotel bring the novel to life. Romance enters the picture in the form of New England expatriate and sailor Jack Farrar; Lola is instantly smitten but wonders whether Jack's wandering ways will lead him across the ocean when their affair comes to an end.

A touch of mystery, romance in the south of France and an engaging yet imperfect heroine combine to make this a fabulous novel that is sure to please even the most discriminating reader of women's fiction. (Sep., 320 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick