This glitzy yet surprisingly down-to-earth novel about a high-profile marriage on the rocks explores all the typical cliffs and crevices then plunges into the blue waters of a new relationship. Robin Strachan’s aptly titled Designing Hearts pits a successful feng-shui interior designer against a philandering talk-show host.
A thriving businesswoman, Jill Hennessy lacks nothing except a lover she can trust. Immersed in his own career, her husband, David, enjoys a tighter bond with his assistant than with his wife. Then the love of Jill’s life arrives on the tumultuous scene—an artist with a heart of platinum. Just as Jill learns to distance herself from her estranged spouse, David returns to make amends. Torn between loyalty and love, she must make the most difficult choice of her life.
Far from feeling repelled by the idea of lovemaking after her husband’s betrayal, she longed for it, missed what she had enjoyed during her many years with David. Whenever Denny was near, she had a yearning to be held by him.
Julia Ann Charpentier
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