Laura Valient and Claire Benson have been best friends since childhood, but are about to go through the greatest test of their long friendship. When their lives take unexpected and tragic turns, they must rely on each other to make it through.
Length: 350 pages
Height: 9.8 x 6.5 x 1.2
Weight: 2 lbs.
SOG: Good, book tight, no writings, no tears, slight wear on DJ
A gripping tale by the author of "A Woman of Substance". The lives of two women--best friends since childhood--intersect in a way they could never imagine when one of them investigates artwork stolen by the Nazis and uncovers shattering secrets about the family connections of her friend's ex-husband.
Bradford's latest offering covers familiar territory the playgrounds, decor, and travails of the rich and famous. It is the adventures of Laura Valiant, art adviser, that concern the reader in this soap-opera-in-a-book-jacket. Laura's marriage disintegrates, her best childhood friend battles cancer, and she becomes embroiled in an international art scandal of historic proportions, all the while holding herself together remarkably well almost too well to believe. The novel suffers from too much unnatural dialog, and short, often choppy scenes make it appear that Bradford is writing not a novel but the script for a miniseries. Still, the book is not without its compensations it's fun to read about wealthy, famous, and otherwise successful people jetting between New York, L.A., and Paris, and Bradford has a gift for opulent settings. Beach reading, not high art; purchase accordingly. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/98.] Bettie Alston Shea, P.L. of Charlotte & Mecklenburg Cty., NC