Newlywed and former reporter Claire Stark may have once braved battle-ravaged Bosnia, but nothing could prepare her for warfare among the wealthy in Hunting Hills, Ohio, where she and her bookish stockbroker husband, John Harding, move after their whirlwind romance. The socially awkward redhead from West Virginia must learn to navigate a landscape populated by 21st-century Stepford wives who think nothing of slipping between the sheets with the husbands of their best friends. Claire thinks she’s found an ally in Marti Denton, who’s willing to show her the ropes. But Marti, whose marriage is on the rocks, has an agenda of her own. (Publishers Weekly). Predictable yes, but Strohmeyer still brings humor and memorable characters to this quick read. 2005, 347 pages.