Rivals Author:Janet Dailey In Rivals, Janet Dailey has created the rivetine story of a marvelously strong and passionate woman who is unexpectedly challenged by a mysterious inheritance and the bitter family legacy she must struggle to overcome- or the cost will be the man she loves. At the glittering opening of the San Fransisco Opera, The lovely and accomplished Flame M... more »organ Bennett, an advertising executive, is immediately drawn to rakishly handsome Chance Stuart, The dynamic, and reputedly ruthless, international real-estate magnate. Thei mutual attraction is transformed into a whirlwind love affair that crisscrosses the continent, climaxing in a romantic courtship in a beautiful Mexican villa. Flame's powerful mentor, department store czar Malcom Powell, and Chance's Lover Lucinna Colton, the ravishing, world-renowned diva, are enraged by this unanticipated turn of events. However,unbeknownst to Flame, she and Chance are distantly related, each descendant of the two long-fueding families/ When Flame is bequeathed Morgan's Walk, the ancestral ranch for which Chance had been the only other heir, their family loyalties will demand an impossible choice. Here the dramatic past is inextricably tied to the present and will irrevocably determine Chance and Flame's future.
Now The fued encompasses both Flame and Chance, and with them, Malcom and Lucianna, and they become fierce rivals-in business, in love, in life. The story moves from the sprawling greenacres of Morgan's Walkooutside oil-rich Tulsa, to sophisticated, urban San Francisco, where Flame, to determine her fate, must compete most aggressively now in Chance's world of mega land development. In this battel of wills, the lines are drawn, but who is Flame's real rival? Is it Chance, is it Lucianna, is it Malcom-or is there a hidden agenda she must reveal? At every step, the stakes and the risk increase. Will the price of victory, for Flame, for Chance, prove to be too high?« less