It was love at first sight for Rea when she first laid eyes on the Monroe mansion one night.
Rea’s family the Mavericks were once like the Monroes – they were insanely wealthy. Rea’s father owned several popular resorts and camping grounds.
When Rea was in her early twenties, he was exposed of some shady business deals. Rea’s father and some of his associates were arrested and the Mavericks lost everything, leaving Rea and her mother destitute.
As an amateur painter by day and bartender by night, getting through the month with a roof over her head was all that mattered… until she met Don. Seduced by his world of affluence, Rea wanted it all back.
At first, her relationship with Don was just for the expensive gifts and trips together but eventually Rea began to see something more in him.
Young Don was so easy to talk to, so kind and considerate of others. Best of all, although Don had always been a busy man, for his sweetheart Rea he always had the time.
But that was then. Nowadays, grand presents and holidays are nothing but distant memories captured in pictures on the wall.
Now that Rea ‘has it all’, there are some things that her regular shopping sprees and midweek trips can’t fix like her workaholic husband’s lack of affection and her only daughter’s avoidance. It’s not that she doesn’t love spending Don’s money – it’s just not fun alone.
It’s not so bad, though. There is one good thing: her family gives her lots of fresh topics to discuss with her best friend Shannon Bell, a young, successful boutique owner and former model.
Shannon doesn’t mind Rea’s daily visits to her store (or the free publicity Rea brings). She quite enjoys listening to the Monroe family drama stories but what intrigues Shannon the most out of all the lengthy gossip is Rea’s fantasy of what her life should be like.
Rea’s dream is to live an exciting life, filled with love, beauty and art, which had always been her passion since her teenage years.
With the arrival of Don’s younger and more adventurous brother, perhaps Rea won’t be limited to just dreams anymore.