The title: Passion
The author: Louise Bagshawe
Publication: Headline Publishing, 2009
Got it from: The library
After reading so many heavy books for book club, I wanted something light and easy and page-turning. This book appealed to me because its premise is based on Jane Austen's novel Persuasion. When Melissa and Will were young, they were in love and wanted to get married. But Melissa's father, an ambitious Oxford professor, convinced Melissa to break it off. Heartbroken, Will goes into the army and gets recruited by MI6. Almost twenty years later, Melissa is an academic with a rather dull life, and Will is a billionaire banker living in Manhatten. When she becomes the target of a ruthless assassin, Will has to come back into her life to protect her.
I liked this novel quite a bit, and enjoyed it more than the average chick lit fare I've read. I zipped through the 500 pages of this novel, wanting to see how Melissa and Will were going to escape some pretty harrowing situations. Although I thought Will's meteoric rise to billionairedom was pretty far-fetched, I could see how the author needed to include it to make their escape from internationally trained killers believable. I liked that Melissa isn't drop-dead gorgeous and that Will falls in love with her again because of her passion and determination. The reason for Melissa being targeted (it has to do with her father's research) is kept somewhat vague, but that's obviously not the focus of the story. This was definitely a fun diversion for a fall evening.