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For all the wrong reasons
Mensch, Louise.
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First U.S. edition.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 2002.

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325 pages ; 24 cm
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Diana Foxton is the Toast of New York. She's rich, British and beautiful, with a designer wardrobe to die for. Recently married to the head of a publishing empire, she fills her days with shopping, gossiping, and hosting the hottest parties in town.But when she discovers her husband is having an affair, her glamorous bubble bursts. She suddenly finds herself without any money or job skills, shunned by the glittering society she once ruled. On her own for the first time, she takes the only job she can get, exchanges her Manolo Blahniks for Payless, and tries to settle into the life of a woman who does her own laundry, buys her own groceries, and takes the bus. Along the way, she discovers that her handsome new boss might be interested in more than her pretty face, and that she just might make it on her own.

Author Notes

Twenty-eight year old Louise Bagshawe is the author of four previous novels Her sales in England are growing with each book, and all 4 were British bestsellers. At the age of 14, she became the youngest-ever contributor to the British magazine Tablet . An Oxford graduate, she was also named Young Poet of the Year, 1989, and president of the Oxford University Rock Society. She has been Press and Promotions Officer at EMI Classics and has worked for Sony Music International. Louise Bagshawe now writes full time. She lives in New York and recently married a man she met on the internet.

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Booklist Review

Bagshawe, a Briton who published her first novel at age 22, now unleashes her talents on this side of the Atlantic. We meet lovely, wealthy, and ultrasnobby British trophy wife Diana Foxton, whose days in New York City (where she has moved with her fabulously wealthy husband) are filled with shopping, gossiping, and hosting exclusive parties. Diana's seemingly perfect world is soon shattered when she discovers that her slimy eel of a husband is having an affair and, what's more, that he plans to throw her out without a penny. On her own for the first time and forced to take an entry-level clerical job, Diana begins her difficult new life while also embarking on a steamy affair with her studly working-class boss. Sexual liberation and self-empowerment soon follow, and readers won't be too surprised when our chastened heroine is ultimately restored to her previous illustrious station. Like Judith Krantz, Bagshawe packs her novel with lurid sexual details, and it comes complete with a fairy-tale ending. Librarians should stock up; it will be popular. --Kathleen Hughes

Publisher's Weekly Review

Sex in the morning, sex with tea and sex in the evening it's always well-scrubbed, perfumed and always engaged in at the snobbiest addresses, by beautiful people wearing Calvin Klein and Victoria's Secret skivvies beneath their glitzy couturier labels. This American debut by the author of four erotic bestsellers in the U.K. serves fair warning that there's a new sexy romance queen panting at the gates, with one difference: Bagshawe doesn't try to sugarcoat her characters' ruthless, selfish or venal behavior, giving her story a witty edge. Silly but rich British heiress Diana Verity marries a ruthless U.K. commoner and publishing enfant terrible, Ernie Foxton, dreaming of the adventure of moving to New York as the hostess with the mostest befitting her hubby's newfound position as CEO of the Blakely's publishing empire. Founder of Green Eggs Books, Michael Cicero is a chauvinistic, womanizing self-made publisher whose classic children's books, formerly out-of-print, are flying off the shelves. Finding her husband in bed with an Oriental dominatrix in her own bedroom, Diana walks out on him, only to be skewered in a vicious divorce. Michael also becomes a victim when he makes a deal with Foxton, who misleads him into thinking he is entering into a partnership. The wronged duo join up to deal in electronic games and after a few setbacks, lots of shopping and name dropping, and plenty of explicit, devilishly prurient sex manage to get back on their feet (pun intended). Designing Women meets The Wife of Bath's Tale in this blithely erotic name-dropping romp through Tiffany's, Cartier and an entire Yellow Pages of designer showrooms and posh eateries. (Apr.) Forecast: With a bit more push and flashier packaging (perhaps in paperback?), this title could hit the big time Jackie Collins, watch out! (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved