by Julia London

November 2004
ISBN: 0-425-19917-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Mass Market Paperback

Miss Fortune is the third book in Julia Londonís trilogy of the Lear sisters and their struggles to make a place for themselves in the world, without the help of their wealthy father.

Rachel Lear is thirty-one, still in school and has a life that is going nowhere; at least thatís what her father keeps telling her. But then again, heís always telling her how much of her life she has wasted on staying in school, never finishing her dissertation and oh yeah, sheís fat too! Rachel decides to take charge of her life and get a job. She signs up with a temp. agency and goes to work with the masses. She still has her friends, who come and go at all hours. Myron, her ex-boyfriend, who is still her Ďfriendí and Dagne, who believes in white magic and starts to cast spells on Rachelís behalf to bring her wealth, happiness and love.

One of the spells that Rachel and Dagne cast is to find the perfect knight-in-shining-armor. Enter Flynn Oliver, a chap from merry old England on assignment in the states to uncover a murder plot along with a few other things that he canít discuss. Flynn is too good to be true. Heís a James Bond come to life and when he starts popping up in the same places as Rachel, she gets a little suspicious. Thereís no way that a drop-dead-gorgeous guy would be interested in her. The one they labeled Miss Fortune in school, because of the three Lear sisters - she was the one lacking in looks and boyfriends.

As the relationship between Rachel and Flynn grows, so does the passion. And let me tell you, these two know how to make the pages burn. As Rachelís self-confidence grows, so does her self-worth. She starts going to the gym and she focuses on her dissertation. But someone is going to throw a monkey wrench into the loversí affair.

Ms. London has done it again! Not only is this book a guaranteed best seller, it has proven to be a great success in Juliaís first attempt at the contemporary genre. Each character is refreshing and very believable. Rachel is someone that everyone can relate to; especially those of us who were always standing on the sidelines watching the others have all of the fun, never being the pretty, skinny cheerleader-type girl. Flynn is every womanís fantasy. Tall, dark and handsome, and throw in that English accent, it fairly makes your mouth water. The sex is great, the story line is fast paced and the secondary characters are a whole story within themselves. Youíll laugh, youíll cry and you wonít want to put it down.

This is a number one pick for your winter reading. Pull up a cozy chair, get a hot cup of tea and your favorite fuzzy slippers and escape on a romantic ride with Rachel and Flynn as they fall in love.

Reviewed in October 2004 by Debbie.

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