The Wedding Night Affair
by Miranda Lee
(Harl. Presents #2044, $3.75, PG) ISBN 0-373-12044-3
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The Wedding Night Affair is one of a five-book miniseries which features weddings among the rich and famous. The setting is Sydney, Australia, and the family is the very wealthy Forsythe family who enjoy their positions as captains of industry.

At the age of twenty, Philip Forsythe fell hopelessly in love and married Noni Stillman. Noni was a bottle blond, with curves made possible by 20 extra pounds, showcased in clothes that were not only too tight, but also too short. Uneducated, unsophisticated, and with speech that made Crocodile Dundee sound intellectual, she burst into the life of Kathryn, the Grand Matriarch of the Forsythes. Was this mother of the groom impressed, oh yes…

Persuaded by the Forsythes that Philip's best interest would be served by her leaving him, Noni did. Philip spent the next ten years trying to get over her. Finally, he finds a "suitable bride" and their wedding date is set. In their economic bracket it could also be regarded as a merger, a marriage made at the bank.

Five-Star Weddings is chosen as wedding consultant and Kathryn calls to arrange the wedding. Fiona Kirby and her friend Owen are the co-owners of this chichi business. The problem is that Fiona is the remade Noni Stillman. Now sleek, elegant and sophisticated, Fiona has spent years becoming advisor to the wealthy. She is so different in manner and appearance that she and Owen decide to take the chance that Kathryn will not recognize her. Determined to make the wedding a reputation enhancer for the business, Fiona charts a course that will accomplish this.

And thus evolves the story of two people who cared too much and the archetypal "wicked mother" who killed their dreams. Corinne, the bride, is also lovely, but she is surprisingly apathetic about the wedding arrangements so Fiona works almost exclusively with Kathryn. She is stunned to find that now she really likes and cares about Kathryn.

Do Fiona and Philip get back together? Of course. But the how I shall leave to you as the author has an unusual twist in this age-old Pygmalion theme that I don't want to spoil. The book is a fun read, with well-developed characters. The dialogue is very natural and spontaneous; the chemistry is between Fiona and Philip is palpable. Was there anything else you were looking for?

--Thea Davis


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