Picks and Pans Review: Time to Say Good-Bye

updated 08/28/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/28/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Judith Gould

Beach book of the week

Looking for something light and trashy to round out your summer reading, but something that also tugs seriously at your heart? You might want to try on this latest romantic confection from bestselling author Gould (Rhapsody).

Life seems perfect for chic, confident, 32-year-old Joanna Lawrence. She has a beautiful home on California's Monterey coast, a thriving orchid business and a gorgeous, devoted husband named Josh. But Joanna has a dire secret: She has been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. In an ultimate act of selflessness, she locates a young woman, designer April Woodward, with whom she hopes her soon-to-be widowed husband will fall in love. And, obligingly, April and Josh do just that. Meanwhile the Lawrences' financial well-being is threatened when ruthless competitors, aided by Joanna's grasping sister, sabotage the flower stock. Fueled by a speedy (if predictable) plot, delicious Dynasty- style details and some lusty sex scenes that will surprise—peril haps even shock—the earthiest of readers, this yarn delivers. (Dutton, $23.95)

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