Edgar Allen Penguin loves to travel all over the world exploring the Settings of popular novels. Join him next month for another Exciting trip. #1 New York Times bestselling author Judith McNaught brings us her most wonderful, deeply emotional novel yet...a spellbinding story of youthful passion, family loyalties, and the fateful events that lead two special lovers to the miracle of a second chance. Meredith Bancroft, a serenley beautiful blonde, and Matthew Farrell, an intense, magnetic tycoon, are both haunted by their once-in-a-lifetime love...betrayed in a conflict of heartache and pain. When the Bancroft family empire is threatened by a hostile takeover attempt, Meredith is forced to turn to Matt. As tensions build between them, leaving them both uncertain, restless...and falling in love again... Small-town girl Magen MacGuire is looking for the man she holds responsible for her father's death, but she gets much more than she bargained for when a simple case of mistaken identity lands her in a wagonload of trouble and forces her to spend a night alone with a handsome stranger. Secret Service Agent Jeremy Loud is not at his best. Naked, disoriented, and in pain, he awakens to find a beautiful young woman he can't quite remember busy at his stove. Intrigued and drawn to her, he can't help wondering if she knows more about why he's in Malden Grove than she lets on. But when malicious town gossips begin to wag their tongues, Jeremy's honor, yearning, and desire get the better of him. Heatedly defending Magen, he announces that she is his wife. Now all he has to do is convince his reluctant "bride," who has secrets of her own, to go along with the sham marriage he secretly wishes were real. And if she agrees, somehow he must protect her from the vicious gang of counterfeiters he has sworn to bring to justice. Fate has thrown Magen and Jeremy together, but now lies and deception threaten their passion and their future, for there's nothing more dangerous than KEEPING SECRETS! Abe Ravelstein is a brilliant professor at a prominent midwestern university and a man who glories in training the movers and shakers of the political world. He has lived grandly and ferociously-and much beyond his means. His close friend Chick has suggested that he put forth a book of his convictions about the ideas which sustain humankind, or kill it, and much to Ravelstein's own surprise, he does and becomes a millionaire. Ravelstein suggests in turn that Chick write a memoir or a life of him, and during the course of a celebratory trip to Paris the two share thoughts on mortality, philosophy and history, loves and friends, old and new, and vaudeville routines from the remote past. The mood turns more somber once they have returned to the Midwest and Ravelstein succumbs to AIDS and Chick himself nearly dies. Deeply insightful and always moving, Saul Bellow's new novel is a journey through love and memory. It is brave, dark, and bleakly funny: an elegy to friendship and to lives well (or badly) lived. Filled with the passion, tenderness, and deep understanding of love that are Judith McNaught's unique trademark, PARADISE is her most memorable love story yet...a novel to treasure forever.