While she had been raised in wealth and splendor, Diana Foster used her own skills to build a fortune. Foster's Beautiful Living Magazine is the cornerstone of her empire. Using the practical yet elegant ideas that her beloved stepmother and grandparents developed, Diana and her family are the epitome of family living. Then Diana's fianc of two years dumps her for an 18-year-old Italian heiress, and her competitors are quick to move in and capitalize on the scandal.

Businessman Cole Harrison has come a long way from mucking out the stables on the Haywood family estate. While putting himself through college, Cole watched the young Houston debutantes, including Diana, grow up. Now worth billions, he is regarded as a corporate shark with no remorse. The one person who does have a hold of Cole's emotions is his beloved elderly uncle Cal. Cal, who owns half interest in Cole's corporation, is desperate to see his nephew married and procreating. So he issues an ultimatum: either Cole gets married or Cal leaves his half of the company to other relatives.

The famous Houston White Orchid Charity Ball is a date with destiny for both Cole and Diana. Suffering from too much champagne and the humiliation of being dumped, Diana is convinced by Cole that a marriage of convenience will solve both their problems. Their elopement sets the business world on its ear, and now they must decide whether business is the only reason for combining their lives.

Judith McNaught once again works her unique magic in this charming, sparkling romance. (Oct., 392 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith