Danita Godfrey and Stuart Lowell are vying to run the clothing boutique chain owned by both of their families. Danitas uncle, Tyler, announces he plans to retire and will turn over the reins of the company to one of the twoor so it seems. He asks them to come to New York to get his home prepared to be put on the market.
Is he trying to band them together to join forces or increase their rivalry until they truly hate one another? Or is he attempting to settle a grudge concerning Danitas father, him and Stuarts tyrant father?
Ms. Carlysles story starts out strong but then somehow loses its way. One day Danita hates her father, the next she is taking the Concorde to visit him in Paris. The plot is muddied when curves and hills are tossed into the story without tying them into the plot. (Mar., 256 pp. $5.99)