Sunday, December 11, 2005

I had the great opportunity to review a book that will be released by Wings next month. I offer my review here.

Lauren Chambers has a job she likes and is looking forward to career advancement. However, her financial situation doesn't seem to match her job satisfaction. Between sending money home to her mother and father, dealing with her sister, a single mother, who hasn't quite learned how to take care of herself, and a car that is unreliable, to say the least, Lauren finds her wallet strained more often than not.

One day while sitting in traffic in a car that seemed to have decided never to run again, she is approached and frightened by a homeless man intent on climbing into or on top of her car. Fortunately, she is rescued by a handsome stranger. Later, she discovers that this same handsome stranger is a lawyer and has been hired by her company to help in their expansion plans.

Jeremy Blake is a man who knows what he wants and is determined to get it. He wants Lauren but he has a few issues about marriage after seeing his parents divorce and then having his wife leave him and his son Michael because she was disillusioned. She died a few years later with nothing resolved between them. He still wears a wedding band, though, because it makes relationships easier.

Lauren isn't happy about being deceived, but even though she will not agree to the kind of relationship Jeremy wants, she finds herself falling for him.

Some of Jeremy's - and her boss's - behaviors make Lauren suspect that Jeremy's drive to be more and more financially and worldly successful has caused him to make some unwise decisions.

A Trivial Pursuit is one of those books you don't want to put down. Marilyn Gardiner has created two fully developed characters with flaws and strengths that are easy to relate to. Her descriptions take you right into the story and the setting and paint wonderful mind pictures. I wish the story had been not ended and I could have spent more time with Lauren and Jeremy.

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