Monthly Archives: June 2007

Memo: Marry Me? by Jennie Adams

mmmuk.jpg Harlequin Mills & Boon.185 pages.

Ok. Ok. I also don’t know what prompted me to pick this up. It must be the winter chill! I was just killing some lunch break time and passed by Big W. This book was 1 of 3 (well 4 because there was a bonus book) of this set:

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The “Winter Warmer Collection” packaging was just screaming “pick mee! me! me!” over the bestsellers. Plus it was uber cheap so I thought why not. The last time I read a book of this kind –I was 15 years old, suggested forced by my good friend –who literally shoved this historical romance book in my bag. Now I know why I never really veered towards this genre of literature.

 

I guess Im just too pragmatic to know that I don’t live in a planet where every man or woman’s hormones are always haywire-crazy.

 

 

But I have to admit, this book (Memo: Marry Me?) did keep me slightly amused at work. Though I wasn’t really engrossed, I finished the entire book at work –spare time-and it’s been busy at work lately. So that gives you an idea how such an easy read this is!

So yeah–the book: Lily Kellaway owns and manages a secretarial agency. Things are going well until one of her top clients, Swift Enterprises–owned by the gorgeous and hunky Zachary Swift. (come on! he HAS to be gorgeous and hunky!)–files a complaint against one of her secretaries.

 

Zachary Swift complained that the secretary that Lily has supplied his company with–has done nothng but stalk and ogle him. And showed up in his private office stark naked.

 

Highly embarrassed, Lily is determined to salvage her company and not lose one of its top clients. She suggests a number of offers but Zachary wants HER to do the job to be sure that there would be no more goof ups.

 

OF COURSE–there is undeniable sexual /physical attraction between Lily and Zach as they play the role of Secretary and Boss the next few weeks.

And Of Course again, like all love stories–they have to have hang-ups. Zach has just been burned by a so-so engagement and vows never to love a woman again (but we all know that is bound to be broken). And Lily’s: (have to say, her ‘issue’ is quite interesting) she’s had mild brain damage a few years ago and her parents and ex-fiance have all dropped her like hot potato since then.

 

 

 

She has mild short-term memory loss (not as extreme as 50 first Dates) and in part that’s what makes her a good secretary–she takes down notes every second! After a few more weeks of unsuccessfully denying their feelings, they end up together and get married. But you all know that anyway.

 

I enjoyed reading about Lily’s condition more than the predictable love story but sure, it did make my winter day a little less cold.

 

This book is written by Australian author, Jennie Adams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rich Man, Poor Man by Irwin Shaw

Dell Publishing Co., 666 pages.

This is Not the book cover of Rich Man, Poor Man. Try as I may, I cannot find a photo of the edition I have. Nor any other book cover version of the title.

Apparently, Rich Man, Poor Man is more famous for being a TV series rather than what it first started out–as a novel by Irwin Shaw. But few people know that before it even became a novel–it was first published as a short story in Playboy Magazine in the 1970’s.

I’m a sucker for thick rich novels with almost no endings and this being a very realistic family saga, I truly enjoyed it! It was truly worth my wait. I waited 15 years to read this book. I first tried to start when I was 11 years old, but the thickness /deepness of it did not appeal back then.

So the plot is about the Jordache siblings–Gretchen, Rudolph and Thomas (Tom). Raised in the East Side (just outside of NY) by troubled immigrant parents in the 1930’s, the three Jordache children face the hard life in different ways.

This novel focuses on how children react and live their lives according to how their parents regard them. Their mother and father have branded them accordingly: Gretchen the daughter with a saintly appearance but sleeps around town, Rudolph, the perfect son student and brother who will grow up in a perfect manner, and Tom–the troublemaker who will no doubt bring shame to the family.

It’s not surprising that the three children do grow up as to how their parents have regarded them. Gretchen moved away from their quaint little town to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, attaching herself to different men (but they were not necessarily shallow relationships). Rudolph predictably climbed the ladder of success and eventually became the mayor of their hometown. And Tom literally fought his way into life–becoming a boxer and seaman.

Because of their parents’ favoritism and unbelievable condemnation (to themselves and their children), Gretchen, Rudolph and Tom developed a very stoic, civil and cold relationship with one another.

As much as they tried to live independently and away from each other, the three find that the ups and downs of life inevitably draw them all together, like a special magnetic force.

The plot is very realistic–no unnecessary or exagerrated dramas, no over glorified victories either.

Shaw’s pace and writing is slightly similar to Sidney Sheldon’s although Shaw’s fine details are missing in Sheldon’s fast paced paragraphs and plot twists.

I would love to see the ABC-TV presentation of this. Starring Peter Strauss, Nick Nolte, and Susan Blakely.

Irwin Shaw