Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Showboat Affair by Gwyneth Greer

Jean Kingston isn't shocked when her husband of thirty plus years asks for a divorce.  He has been having affairs for almost their entire marriage.   She has made his life her own, so she is stumped what to do with herself now.  Rand has given her a divorce settlement, so she won't have to work, but she feels their house is too large so she decides to sell it.

While making these life-changing decisions, Jean comes to know her maid of the past twenty years, Selina.  They become friends, and Selina urges Jean to put her interior designer degree to use, a degree she has never used since she married Rand two months after graduation.

With the purchase of a condo, she throws herself into the decorating and spending time with her young grandchild.  Her daughter Juliana and she are not close, and after Jean decides she does not want her daughter and her family living with her, Juliana decides to buy the house.

When Jean is signing divorce papers at her lawyers, she runs into a nice looking man, Nick Cameron.  Although Nick appears interested, Jean wants to focus her life on herself and not men right now.  Her lawyer, Greg, has been in love with Jean for years and figures now is the time to make his move.  But Jean makes it clear she is not interested in anything but friendship.

Eventually, Nick and Jean begin seeing one another.  Nick has been a widower for twenty years and thinks that it is time to move on. However, Jean and Nick's children think otherwise.  Although they want their parents to be happy, they don't want them to be happy together. Also, Greg isn't happy with Jean seeing Nick.  Then someone attacks Jean in her condo and again at an interior design job.  Is it related or something else?

The Showboat Affair is a heart-warming love story with a splash of intrigue and mystery.  The characters are believable and well-rounded.  The plot moves along at a good rate that has you turning the pages to see what is going to happen next.  Nothing is predictable, the author takes twists and turns that leave you guessing who the attacker is and why.  Cleverly written, I couldn't put this book down!

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