Karen van der Zee
The Price of a Man
Fun-loving Julie Carlson meets sexy European businessman Alexander Arravanti at a most inconvenient time. Circumstances make romance impossible -- the consequences too serious, the price too high. Besides, she's busy fixing up her grandmother's house and she's supposed to read The Sensible Woman: Knowing What's Good For You, given to her by her sensible, boring sister-in-law.
But avoiding Mr. Europe is not easy, and when her rational mind is unable to control her dancing heart, Julie succumbs: She's in love with Alexander. She'll just have to hide him.
So begins her secret love affair, carrying her deep into trouble. In the mean time, her prissy sister-in-law offers her a growing number of self-help books to help Julie discover what's wrong with her and her relationships.
Julie doesn't think anything is wrong with her until she realizes that she's become a dishonest, deceitful person, she, a teacher who influences young, innocent minds! She can no longer live with herself, and apparently neither can a furious Alexander. If she does not trust him enough to tell him what's going on, he says, there is no future for them.
There is only one way out. She must pay the price for loving Mr. Europe.