This book is an homage to the 1930's "screwball comedy" MY FAVORITE WIFE starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne, which was remade in the late 50's as MOVE OVER DARLING (one of my fave movies) with Doris Day and James Garner. It was in the process of being filmed a third time as SOMETHING'S GOT TO GIVE starring Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin when Marilyn was fired from the film and then died (along with the film) in 1963. It's the story of a man whose declared dead wife reappears on the day of his marriage to his second wife and the complications that follow.
Indiana Jones-like Chaz Vincent disappeared five years ago while on an expedition in the Amazon jungle. Though Kelly has searched and refused to give up hope, she is finally persuaded that Chaz is not coming back. She has him declared legally dead and moves on with her life. She has decided to marry her longtime friend and co-worker Spencer Preston, though she has never stopped loving Chaz. In a bizarre twist of fate or timing, the memorial service for Chaz is scheduled for the same day as her wedding to Spencer! And so the former Kelly Vincent, now Preston, just hours after her wedding, attends the funeral for her first husband. But when a familiar-looking bearded, deeply tanned man dressed in khaki shorts (!) appears at the memorial service Kelly is stunned to discover that Chaz is not dead but standing right in front of her! What a perfect time to faint!
At first Chaz is chagrined that his sudden reappearance has come as such a shock to Kelly, followed by sheer joy at being with her again, but when he discovers that she has just remarried, feelings of betrayal rise to the surface. How could she do this when memories of her were all that kept him going for all those years in captivity? But on the other hand, how was she to know that he had been held captive by a tribe of pygmies? Now they must figure out what this means for the future. Is Kelly legally married to Spencer or to Chaz or not at all? And more importantly, to whom does she WANT to be married - the steady, dependable but sometimes dull Spencer or the wild, spontaneous but often absent and in danger Chaz? Laughs abound when Kelly, Chaz, Spencer and Kelly's brother Scott - along with several other players who further complicate things - all wind up at the resort where Kelly and Spencer were to honeymoon. Chaz and Spencer engage in some serious competition to win Kelly and she really is torn. Who will she choose? And will that resort ever be the same after their wild stay?
This would have been a 5 star story, but toward the end I felt that the antics got a bit tedious and silly and I just wanted her to choose already. And I concur with the other reviewers here that a book on Kelly's brother Scott would definitely be welcome! A really fun, enjoyable read and highly recommended!