I just listened to this for the second time. I had forgotten how much I loved it. There is a large cast of well-developed characters and I want to get to know most of them better. This is the book that got me hooked on Susan Elizabeth Phillips!
This is a classic from SEP, narrated superbly by the very missed and talented Anna Fields. If someone isn't familar with SEP books, this wouldn't be my choice for them to read for the first book. One of her more recently stories...or any from the Chicago Stars series would be a better choice. But this is an incredibly written book, and manages to engage modern readers even though it was clearly written 30 years ago when relationships between men and women were so different. For me, it adds an interesting layer...to see how much has changed...and how much hasn't. It's a great story covers a lot of years. It's funny, but also deeply emotional as two very broken people learn what's important and how to love each other... and maybe themselves as well.
But otherwise was a pleasant read. I read 'heroes are my weakness' first which I liked better, however I'm going to read another of her books because I like a grounded romance.
I'm a 47 year old mom of two young girls. Just recently discovered young adult fiction, as well as dystopian novels.
I read this book when it was first published years ago, and loved it then. Imagine my delight when I found it on Audible! If you like romances that go deeper and broader and really give you context about the characters, this is for you. My only complaint is that you don't get to see more of Dallie and Francie being happy, but other than that, the story is 10 stars in my book. As far as the Audible version, I was a little let down. The narrator did the men well, but I felt that Francie's voice didn't fit her character as a self-made woman of spirit and grit. I believe it was mirrored after Scarlet O'Hara in GWTW, which is referenced in the book, and it just didn't ring true for a modern woman.
Even though Francesca is not your typical romantic heroine, I really grew to care about her as the story progressed. Great character development. I looked forward to my commute so that I could listen to what would happen next in the story.
Good books and peaceful days...
This isn't a brand new series, but it's new to me. Here's my philosophy on choosing a book: Sometimes you just want to relax, not to work at learning a new skill or theory. And that's where Audible shines, esp when story & narrator merge so seamlessly as they do in this series. Fancy Pants is about a female who wasn't prepared for the world, at least not in a way that would allow her to function well as an independent, self-sufficient person. That's something many females can relate to, unfortunately. This author deals with this serious subject in a humorous, confidence-inspiring (well, it is fiction but it does/ can apply to our lives too). Yep, it's about the need to be self-sufficient as a pre-requisite to real, mature (and exciting) LOVE. But there's enough fun and intelligence, so much so that you just might not dwell at all on the underlying message. Love it. But the second book in this series, Lady Be Good, had me laughing out loud. First things, first tho. Start at the beginning, here, if you want some relaxation and delight. Over n out.
I really loved Susan Elizabeth Phillips' Chicago Stars series, so I wanted to start the Wynette, Texas series from the beginning. This book was so slow getting to the story that I gave up and stopped listening. Audible graciously refunded my money.
I am glad the negative reviews didn't keep me from purchasing this book. It is a feel good book that makes you laugh throughout the story. All of the books I've purchased by Mrs. Phillips never disappoint me.
A great early SEP. A large portion of the book is spent on back-story, but it pays off in the end. This time I listened to this, then Lady Emma's book, then Teddy's book -- a nice progression, and fun to re-visit familiar characters. Anna Fields does a fabulous job with narration, as always. Still missing her in new releases!