Judith McNaught, Paradise

Posted January 2, 2011 by Kathy Davie in

Series: Second Opportunities, 1
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Good romance. The theme of the Second Opportunities series is simply that, second chances. This is the typical poor-but-ambitious-and-determined sexy man drawn to the young, beautiful, rich girl-woman who are torn apart only to reunite at the end after much hardship.

McNaught did an amazing job on this story. Matt is an ambitious, 28-year-old steelworker by week and mechanic by weekend from Indiana planning on his Venezuelan oil field bonus to give him the seed money to start his own empire while Meredith is a ugly duckling who has blossomed into a swan despite her tyrannical father.

Meredith becomes pregnant after one night of passion and they marry only to find themselves divorced through betrayal, tragedy, and misunderstanding. Meredith goes on to prove herself throwing her energies and passion into the family business, Bancroft and Co., a premiere department store in Chicago until Matt storms back into her life 11 years later as a feared financier.

Engaged to her childhood love, Parker, Meredith discovers the divorce was never legal. Misconceptions and misunderstandings throw obstacles in their path including her controlling ass of a father. Sweet, freeing ending.

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