Book Review

THE SECRET INGREDIENT
by Jane Heller

Genre: Contemporary Romance, General Contemporary Romance

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The wit and irony contained in the novels of Jane Heller is a true joy to behold. No one can take an everyday situation and turn it on its ear quite like she. If you've never tried a Jane Heller book, you are missing out on some of the most delightful, satirical and just plain fun books around.

Like many women before her, Elizabeth Baskin suddenly finds herself worrying that
the romance is going out of her marriage. For six years she and Roger were happy.
Recently, it seems as if the joy and magic are slipping away. As an undercover
inspector of luxury hotels, Elizabeth is used to searching for perfection.
Unfortunately, Elizabeth makes a fatal mistake and tries to "fix" her
unsuspecting husband Roger.

Through her celebrity reporter sister, Elizabeth learns about an exclusive doctor
who claims to be a specialist in "life enhancement." Dr. Gordon Farkus, guru to
the stars, can address the problem areas of one's life and fix them with a special
formula. Desperate, Elizabeth makes an appointment to "enhance" Roger in order
to save her marriage. While in the waiting room, Elizabeth meets another wife,
Clover Hinsdale. They decide to keep in touch to monitor the progress of their
husbands.

Elizabeth and Clover give their unsuspecting husbands the specialized potions
only to rediscover the old saying... Be careful what you wish for!

(Feb., 336 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: St. Martin's

Published: February 2002

Reader Rating

4 Stars

Average Rating: 4 Stars
(1 ratings)

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The Secret Ingredient

Submitted by Robin in PA on July 19, 2010 - 2:32pm.

After six years, Elizabeth Baskin's marriage has lost it's magic. Her husband, Roger, is just not interested in her anymore. So, she consults a celebrity doctor who prescribes a packet of herbs to be mixed in Roger's orange juice. But instead of rekindling her romance with Roger, she finds herself stuck with a man she hardly recognizes and doesn't even like. Suddenly, Elizabeth is breaking into the doctor's office and running from the law, all in an attempt to restore Roger into his old imperfect self.

This was a fun book with the usual Jane Heller humor. My rating: 4 Stars.