If Dr. Taylor McGuire had to describe her worst nightmare, this would be it. What was supposed to be an opportunity to plug her marriage counseling theory, Compatibility as the Key to a Successful Marriage, has turned into an unexpected confrontation with the man from her past.

Taylor is appearing on Psychology in the News, a cable program hosted by Katrina Melon, when Katrina unexpectedly springs a surprise guest with an opposing viewpoint. Dr. Jonathan Kirby has made a name for himself writing numerous books on his theory that opposites attract and make for the most exciting marriages.

Before she knows what has happened, Taylor has agreed to take part in a wild theoretical contest. To test the opposing theories, 40 couples will be matched up and required to live together for one month. At the end of that time, the couples that are still together will be entered into a drawing to win $1 million. The theory that has the most surviving couples will be declared the winner.

As Taylor lives in the oh-so-appropriately named Marriageville, TX, that is where the contest will be held. While Taylor is determined to best Jonathan and prove her theory correct, she also fears that the close contact will expose a secret kept for the past 17 years.

Compatibility, passion and love are all on the line in this wonderful book with the outlandish premise. Susan Mallerys gift for writing humor and tenderness make all her books true gems. (Dec., 411 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith