By Anita Hughes
St. Martin's Griffin, Paperback, 9780312643331, 304pp.
Publication Date: March 26, 2013
From Anita Hughes, author of "Monarch Beach, " comes "Market Street," a delicious story of a department store heiress, her messy marriage, and her passion for food
Cassie Blake seems to lead a charmed life as the heiress to Fenton's, San Francisco's most exclusive department store. But when she discovers her husband, Aidan, a handsome UC Berkeley professor, has had an affair with a student, she flees to the comfort of her best friend Alexis's Presidio Heights mansion, where she wonders if she should give their marriage one more chance.
Whether or not she can forgive Aidan is not the only choice Cassie has to make. Cassie's mother is eager to have her oversee the opening of Fenton's new Food Emporium, which Fenton's hopes will become San Francisco's hottest gourmet shopping destination. Cassie's true passion has always been food, not fashion, and Cassie suspects her mother might be trying to lure her into the Fenton's fold by entrusting her with such an exciting opportunity. And then there is James, the architect designing the Emporium, who is quietly falling in love with her
"Market Street reads like a love letter to San Francisco, making this devoted Southerner contemplate a move to the city by the Bay. Glitz, glamour, and mouth-watering descriptions of couture and cuisine don’t distract from the heart of the book—a tale of women, relationships, and the search for love, purpose and meaning in life and marriage. If Candace Bushnell had a west coast counterpart, Anita Hughes would be it!" —Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of The Beach Trees
"Market Street is the captivating story of high end glamour meeting reality, couture fashion meeting organic fruits and vegetables, and a reluctant heiress meeting her own dream and running with it. Cassie Blake is the heiress of a department store who has been so busy trying to please everyone else, she has never found her own life. I loved how she yanked herself back up after a blow and finally created the life she wanted to live and by the end, you're cheering for her. Loved it. Read it in one sitting, coffee and chocolate in hand. Market Street is hard to resist." —Cathy Lamb, author of A Different Kind of Normal
"Witty and tremendously fun, Market Street kept me hooked until the very end!" —Jane Porter, author of The Good Woman
"Filled with unexpected twists and deft observation, Market Street is both an indulgent peek into the world of San Francisco's moneyed elite and a tender exploration of female friendship through triumph and betrayal. A delicious, page-turning, satisfying read." —Beatriz Williams, bestselling author of Overseas