Christina M. Hinke



Immediate Family

Reviewed by Christina M. Hinke
Publishers Weekly
June 26, 2006
Eileen Goudge. Pocket Book News, $24 (352p) ISBN: 0-7434-8319-7

Friendship among four Princeton grads stands the test of time-and tough times-in Goudge's latest work of flowery but satisfying women's fiction (after Otherwise Engaged). Jay Gunderson, Franny Richman, Stevie Light and Emerson Fitzgibbons reconnect at their 15-year reunion, which marks the novel's beginning. Over the course of the story, each character faces life-changing events and proves that friends don't just offer help, "they roll up their sleeves." Franny, a literary agent with a ticking biological clock, is frantically searching for "Mr. Right on Time." With help of her best friend Jay, an ad executive and father-to-be married to the gorgeous French Vivienne, she arrives at an unorthodox solution with surprising long-term repercussions. For Stevie, a spitfire entertainment reporter, commitment fears stem from growing up without a father; now, she fends off a marriage proposal from her boyfriend Ryan while she discovers a father she never knew. Blueblood Emerson, a divorced single mom and PR exec, discreetly loves a man with whom an open relationship might be "social suicide". The narrative bogs down with an abundance of description, but Goudge wraps up the novel with happy endings for all.

Copyright © 1997-2005 Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Home | Contact |