With a Kiss
tells the story of Gwen and Joss
Chastain, the granddaughters of a rare stamp dealer who find themselves
on the hunt for $4.5 million in missing stamps. And while they're
searching for the stamps in Las Vegas and Stockholm, they both find
themselves losing their hearts.
mystery starts with Gwen's story in
All Guinevere Chastain ever wanted
was to be normal. Growing up in Africa with parents in Physicians
without Frontiers might have been exotic for some kids. Not Gwen.
Let me live with Grandma and Grampa and go to high school, she begged
her parents at 14. Her mother understood how unhappy she was and
let her go.
grandfather deals in investment stamps, which can be worth millions
of dollars. Eleven years after Gwen moved back to the U.S., he is
in the process of retiring but disassembling such a business is
not easy and doesn’t always happen on schedule. Meanwhile,
his overeager wife has booked her long dreamed of three month tour
of New Zealand, and isn’t about to let a little detail like
the business still being open stop her. The grandfather trusts Gwen
well enough to let her run things in his absence -- she’s
worked the business since she was a teenager. Hire someone to help
you, he tells her, don’t make any major moves, and we’ll
work everything out when I come home.
sounded fine until Joss appeared. Joss is a free spirit of uncertain
employment, and suddenly Gwen found herself with Joss as her assistant
instead of a steady hired person. The only thing to do is bring
on someone else to help.
horrified when $4.5 million in rare stamps goes missing from her
grandfather’s collection -- the collection intended to finance
his retirement. She can’t tell the police, for fear of triggering
a run on the business. Instead, she and Joss vow to track down the
stamps and restore them to the collection. When a series of clues
lead her to Las Vegas, mousy, ordinary Gwen becomes blonde bombshell
Nina. Unfortunately, the gambler she finds herself seducing in an
attempt to find the real thief winds up stealing her heart. When
he says he loves her, is he talking to Gwen or to Nina? Can she
trust him or will he wind up breaking her heart?
suspense takes over in U.S.
Joss Chastain loves to be the center of a crowd.
She doesn’t quite know what she wants to do, but she knows
it’s destined to be something important. So far, her singing
career hasn’t worked out all that well, but there’s
still time. When she finds herself stranded in San Francisco after
a show, it’s only natural that she look up her sister and
grandparents. She finds her little sister running the business singlehandedly
and looking for help. What could be more natural than for Joss to
three weeks later she’s heartily bored with the life of a
shopclerk, and persuades Gwen to hire another assistant. When the
stamps disappear and all signs point to the man she persuaded Gwen
to hire, Joss is furious and torn with guilt. It makes her take
a good, hard look at the feckless life she’s been living.
She needs to change, she tells herself, but first she’s got
to get the stamps back.
book is set in Stockholm, Sweden, so I had to go there to do research.
It’s a beautiful city and I did my best to bring it to life
for you. I can’t tell you anything about Joss’s book
right now without giving away plot points in Gwen’s. I can
tell you one thing, though -- the book has about the hottest cover
I’ve ever seen.