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Family Trust Paperback – April 27, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
Brown (Legally Blonde) has come up with another winning premise. Becca Reinhart, a scrappy, self-made 31-year-old workaholic on Wall Street's fast track, loves her job and has no interest in snagging a husband. Edward Kirkland, a genteel, good-natured bachelor in his mid-30s, is content to handle the family's philanthropies and don a tux to dine for a good cause most evenings. He is expected to marry Bunny Stirrup, daughter of neighbors in the Hamptons, but is in no hurry to do so. Becca and Edward are thrust together when they become the co-guardians of Emily Stearns, a four-year-old suddenly orphaned by the death of both parents. Emily's mother had been Becca's best friend, and her father Edward's. Precocious Emily, heir to a fortune, desperately needs love and attention. Becca gives up business meetings in Paris and Stockholm to see that Emily is accepted into the right nursery school. Edward gives up his treasured "irresponsible solitude," as well as his regular squash game, to play hide and seek. The less-than-maternal Bunny, threatened by Becca and the change in Edward's lifestyle, connives with his mother to hasten their nuptials, going so far as to engage a wedding coordinator and place an announcement in the Sunday Times. Edward is bewildered, but he's too much of a dutiful son to call a halt-even though lately he finds himself wondering what it would be like to kiss Becca. The hasty and contrived climax defies credibility, but this featherlight charmer makes a perfect beach read.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
Becca Reinhart and Edward Kirkland couldn't be more different. Becca is a powerful and successful venture capitalist who schedules her life down to the minute, thrives on high-pressure situations, and craves the rush of sealing a deal. Edward, born into money, lives a life of leisure and relaxation as head of his family's philanthropy efforts and whose hobby is dating as many beautiful women as possible. When Becca and Edward find out they are coguardians of little four-year-old Emily, preschool interviews soon take precedence over business meetings, and bedtime stories replace benefit galas. Two strangers thrust into parenthood, Becca and Edward blindly maneuver their way though domestic life trying to create a stable new environment for Emily. But when Edward announces his engagement to a young society woman, Becca faces the prospect of going back to her old fast-paced lifestyle or finding a way to keep the joy she's found with Emily and Edward. Brown, the author of Legally Blonde (2001), spins a fun and charming tale of love and instant parenthood. Carolyn Kubisz
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
Top customer reviews
Its important to have supporting characters to add to the plot, give depth ect. But in this case it was more of a distraction. Don't waste your money or time.
Becca Reinhart is a high-powered businesswoman. Edward Kirkland is an idling playboy with a shallow socialite girlfriend. The only thing they have in common (besides oodles of money and a disinclination to marry) is friendship with the adoring couple Amy and Arthur. Unfortunately, Amy and Arthur are killed in a tragic plane crash, leaving a four-year-old daughter behind.
But because they were unmarried and made separately, their wills leave joint custody to Becca and Edward. Despite the fact that they don't even know each other, Becca and Edward do their best to be a surrogate mommy and daddy for little Emily. They have no experience, and have to deal with nosy child shrinks, a delighted "Bubbe," and their own growing attraction.
"Family Trust" is your basic chick-lit with a precociously, sickeningly cute child thrown in, apparently because Becca and Edward would be disgusted by each other otherwise. You can basically tell within in the first few chapters just what is going to happen at the end. And the stretch of goofy plot developments, like Becca hunting down a nice Jewish man to marry quickly, don't make the trip any more fun.
Brown's writing is amusing and breezy in many places with her spoofing of yuppie childrearing, but it lacks wit. In its place, she puts dozens of brand-names, chic New York locales, and drooling descriptions of the characters' clothes, hair and furniture. It's amusing in a way for a few chapters, but then the materialism starts to wear a bit thin -- enough about tiaras, Mozart classes, mohair cardigans, and no more about "jungle cat" fads.
Becca and Edward are singularly flat characters -- they're both gorgeous single people with a soft spot for kids. Not much more to them than that. Emily herself is one of those obviously fake, idealized small children that populate such books. The one shining star is Becca's warm, flamboyantly-dressed mom, who comes across as the most real person in the whole book.
Predictable and lighter than a feather, "Family Trust" is a basic point-A-to-point-B chick-lit novel, with forgettable characters and blah writing.