From Publishers Weekly
Lipton's second effort (after It's About Your Husband
) is a feast of standard genre fare redeemed by the author's wit. After a night of partying in Vegas, Peggy Adams wakes up married to a stranger. Her new husband is Luke Sedgwick, scion of an old Connecticut family who manages the dwindling family fortune and cares for his elderly aunt Abigail in the crumbling ancestral manse. When Peggy arrives in Connecticut to sign the annulment papers, Abigail intervenes, unwilling to let the last living Sedgwick get divorced on her watch. She poses a deal: if they stay married for a year, Abigail will allow them to sell the Sedgwick estate and split the proceeds. Since Peggy needs a windfall to save her faltering business and Luke wants to pursue his dream of becoming a writer, they agree, but married life brings plenty of familiar obstacles and a foregone romantic conclusion. Lipton's skewering of WASPy culture is reliably entertaining, and her perfectly mismatched leads are sturdier than most. It won't change your life, but it'll help kill a couple hours at the beach. (May)
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Like many outlandish stories, this one begins in Vegas. At a friend’s bachelorette weekend, Peggy wakes up with a stranger. She considers it a one-time failing and guiltily returns to New York and her long-term boyfriend. Soon after, though, she hears from Luke, her mystery man, who reveals that they were married. Rather than annul the marriage, Luke and Peggy strike a deal. If they stay together one year, Luke’s great-aunt will allow him to sell the family estate—and they’ll split the proceeds. Peggy can save her struggling shop, and Luke can break free from his obligation to his family’s dwindling assets. What begins as a marriage of convenience becomes much more as Peggy and Luke’s lives intertwine and she becomes close to his great-aunt. Lipton, the author of It’s about Your Husband (2006), writes a predictable yet appealing romantic comedy. --Aleksandra Walker