In Janet Henderson's New Novel, 'Lunch with Cassie,' Desperate Housewife's Extramarital Affair Sparks Transformation

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When a lonely housewife is unwittingly drawn into an extramarital affair, she has no idea that her mild-mannered husband has secrets of his own, nor does she suspect they would drive her deeper into the arms of the other man. Information about this novel can be found at

When 27-year-old photographer Cassandra Reynolds is rescued from thugs in the park, she marries the dashing doctor who saves her and quickly becomes a bored, desperate housewife. In Janet M. Henderson's new novel, "Lunch with Cassie" (now available through Authorhouse, Barnes and Noble and other online bookstores), this adventure-starved woman falls into a steamy affair with a billionaire who helps her out of a life-threatening situation.

After Cassie and her new husband, cardiologist Jeff Gordon, move to the Chicago suburbs, Jeff's frequent absences and her casual friendship with an old flame, Jonathan Hunter, contribute to her fateful next step: beginning an extramarital affair. Jonathan, a wealthy two-time widower with a reputation for womanizing, becomes her secret lover. When he must leave town on business, Cassie must choose. She dutifully decides to stay with Jeff, and soon after, wrestles with her newly discovered pregnancy. As she mulls over the fact that she does not know who which man fathered her child, she faces a new dilemma: Her mild-mannered husband has been involved with drug dealers and loan sharks and is embroiled in suspicious deaths at the hospital. After Cassie and her daughter are threatened at gunpoint by loan sharks, Cassie turns to the only person who can help: Jonathan. He flies her out of the country, and she hides in several of his luxurious, off-the-beaten-path estates.

Assuming a lavish lifestyle with Jonathan's wealthy family, she absorbs the excitement and the certainty her situation has created, realizing that she has shunned the pampered, mundane life of a housewife and has taken control of her money, her safety and her life. The danger posed by her husband's enemies, the worry over her unborn child and the confusion over the two men in her life, motivate Cassie to take on a new role--making sure she and her daughter stay alive.

This fast-paced thriller is packed with bittersweet love affairs, sexual heat and nail-biting drama. "Lunch with Cassie" follows a strong-willed woman through her transition from lonely suburbanite to a person in charge of her own life, however, complicated it has become.

Henderson teaches English and writing to college students in the Chicago area, has graduate degrees in English and Education, has lived and traveled around the world and experienced many of the same dilemmas of her heroine. The author captures the plight of many desperate housewives who have affairs to relieve depression and isolation in their lives. Henderson has recently completed her second book, "The Assassin Who Loved Her," which is due to be released in 2006. More information is available through Authorhouse and other online bookstores and at

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