I TAKE THIS MAN
Quite simply, Frankel makes reading a blast. No premise is too outlandish and no character is without a set of flaws. The plot is cleverly kooky and not one many authors could realistically pull off. Frankel has an endless bag of tricks that seems to get deeper -- and more hilarious -- with every novel.
Bram pisses off the wrong mother the day he jilts his bride-to-be at the altar. Esther Bracket doesn't write him a nasty letter. She hits him over the head with a bottle and takes his unconscious body to her palatial estate in New Jersey. Her torture devices are truly inspired, such as forcing him to eat all the food ordered for the $75,000 wedding. Meanwhile, ex-bride Penny Bracket attempts coming to terms with her true feelings for Bram, who she believes fled right after canceling their nuptials. (Avon, Apr., 320 pp., $13.95)