Author: Judith McNaught
Publisher: Ballantine Books (Random House)
On a vacation in Anguilla waiting for her boyfriend to join her, Kate Donovan meets a handsome, charming man and decides to heed her friend's advice and have an island fling. But what she doesn't know is that Mitchell Wyatt is the bastard grandson of one of the wealthiest men in Chicago, and that he is suspected of murdering his own brother. When it appears that Mitchell knew all along who she was, and in fact used her to get revenge on her boyfriend, whose father played a large part in making Mitchell disappear when he was born, Kate is devastated. And when she doesn't appear for their arranged meeting, Mitchell thinks she's gone back to her boyfriend and is himself devastated. Can the two headstrong lovers ever come to terms and understand each other?
I love Judith McNaught. Her plots are always so detailed, and the stories tug at the heartstrings. This book is no different. This is one of those books that I re-read every so often because it's so easy to get involved with the characters and get lost in the story. Kate and Mitchell are both fully-rounded characters, both equally sympathetic and easy to identify with. The story is real and believable, even the whirlwind two-day affair! The depth of the narrative is such that the events of the two days are covered in what I think of as "real-time." Not every second is written about, but such attention is given to all the significant moments that I felt like I was experiencing the romance myself. I love seeing how two people fall in love, and Judith McNaught allows her readers to be there every step of the way.