VINCE AND JOY
Hopeless romantics will enjoy the latest novel from Jewell, following the characters through heartbreak, happiness and chaos. It will leave you wondering what happened to your own first love. The novel contains British slang that may be unfamiliar, and somewhat distracting, and there are a few explicit sexual references. While some scenes are a bit slow moving, this is a novel that romance lovers will enjoy.
Over the next 17 years, they deal with whatever life throws at them (various relationship disasters, unsatisfying jobs, children, etc.). Fate tries to bring them together a number of times. However, neither dares confide in the other about the unresolved feelings they've harbored for years. They can't believe it's possible to have a second chance with "the one that got away." Maybe fate really does play a part in finding true love. (HARPER, Oct., 512 pp., $14.95)