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Ain't She Sweet? | [Susan Elizabeth Phillips]

Ain't She Sweet?

The girl everybody loves to hate has returned to the town she'd sworn to leave behind forever. As the rich, spoiled princess of Parrish, Mississippi, Sugar Beth Carey had broken hearts, ruined friendships, and destroyed reputations. But 15 years have passed, now she's come home, broke, desperate, and too proud to show it.
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Publisher's Summary

The girl everybody loves to hate has returned to the town she'd sworn to leave behind forever. As the rich, spoiled princess of Parrish, Mississippi, Sugar Beth Carey had broken hearts, ruined friendships, and destroyed reputations. But 15 years have passed, and now she's come home, broke, desperate, and too proud to show it.

The people of Parrish don't believe in forgive and forget. When the Seawillows, Sugar Beth's former girlfriends, get the chance to turn the tables on her, they don't hesitate. And Winnie Davis, Sugar Beth's most bitter enemy, intends to humiliate her in the worst possible way.

Then there's Colin Byrne...Fifteen years earlier, Sugar Beth had tried to ruin his career. Now he's rich, powerful, and the owner of her old home. Even worse, this modern-day dark prince is planning exactly the sort of revenge best designed to bring a beautiful princess to her knees.

But none of them have reckoned on the unexpected strength of a woman who's learned survival the hard way. Ain't She Sweet? is a story of courage and redemption...of friendship and laughter...of love and the possibility of happily-ever-after.

©2004 Susan Elizabeth Phillips; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Sassy, sexy contemporary romance." (Booklist)

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    KATHY TRACY, CA 03-18-12
    KATHY TRACY, CA 03-18-12 Member Since 2005
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    "MY FIRST SEP created a snowball effect"

    It was my first SEP Novel and my first experience with Kate Flemming, (Anna fields)

    This book got me hooked and Anything Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I cared about not only the main character but everyone else. Kate made each character believable and you could tell the difference between each one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Miss B Hong Kong 01-25-12
    Miss B Hong Kong 01-25-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointing"
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    I was looking forward to listening to this as I've read the book but it is ruined by Colin's appalling voice and accent. The narrator makes him sound like he's an 80 year old chinless aristocrat rather than a sexy man. Is this what Americans think the British sound like?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    anmaree bendigo, Australia 01-22-12
    anmaree bendigo, Australia 01-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved the characters!"
    What other book might you compare Ain't She Sweet? to and why?

    Tempation and Call me irresistibleThey all have lead actresses that have a lot of spunk, their all love stories and their all fantastically heart warming.


    What does Kate Flemming bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She narrates beautifully, she's bang on with the accents, the timing, even down to the annoying characters she truely captures their annoying voices, she is the most gifted narrator i've had the pleasure of listening to!


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    Aryn 04-29-11
    Aryn 04-29-11
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    "Typical SEP"

    I have a problem with the beginnings of this author's books. This one, specifically, requires one to have forgiven everything and everyone in one's life, including oneself. I am not that evolved and spent the first half of the book edgy and unhappy. Granted she pulls it all out at the end, but by that time I am so into reality and life's lack of happy endings that it seems, oh yes, FICTIONAL (couldn't immerse myself in the book). So, while I bought it and listened to it, once is enough and I'd rather something softer/kinder/gentler. Although the author has a great sense of humor. And I love the narrator although why this southern belle didn't have a southern accent, I don't know.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lorena phoenix, AZ, USA 08-08-08
    Lorena phoenix, AZ, USA 08-08-08
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    "You have my vote!"

    This story was one of the best love stories I’ve heard in a while. I'm not the mushy type so the sarcasm of SugerBeth was definitely my language. I would love to see a part 2 to this story because I can't seem to let the characters go. If you’re looking for a good way to spend your money, I think you've found it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KARLA F 05-29-08
    KARLA F 05-29-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Ain't She Sweet?"

    This is an above average Chick-lit book. From the first it grabs you and pulls you into the story. A good way to spend the afternoon. The author has done a very good job of capturing life in a small town and the narrator doesn't let the characters down--she gets an A+! Overall it is satisfying and is a very good purchase !

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    Theresa Gurnee, IL, United States 12-30-07
    Theresa Gurnee, IL, United States 12-30-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Loved it!"

    I just loved this book. A slight departure from some of the other SEP books I have "read" but really, really, good. Really deep and honest characters that make you feel like you personall know them. This one is so heartfelt and I of course love the strong and cocky characters. I laughed and got a little teary eyed with this one.

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    Andrea Linz, Austria 02-15-07
    Andrea Linz, Austria 02-15-07 Member Since 2009
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    "S.E.P. = first-class quality"

    You know what you're buying when it says S.E.P. on the cover and this book is another proof of this: lively characters, wonderful settings and a kitschy love-story!
    The often criticised accents are a bit surprising at times but no more exaggerated than the plot of this romantic novel itself. It's fun!

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    Kristen USA 02-14-07
    Kristen USA 02-14-07 Member Since 2010
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    "Good book, fun listen except for male voices"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book EXCEPT when the men talked. I had a hard time even thinking the male lead could be considered sexy b/c of the readers slaughtering of male voices. I know it's hard, and she did a nice job differentiating between Suger Beth and Winnie but she kinda ruined the image of the lead for me. Still worth the buy, though.

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    Michael Chesterland , OH, USA 07-21-06
    Michael Chesterland , OH, USA 07-21-06
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    "Best yet"

    Her best novel yet. Complex, interesting characters. Involved plot with lots of overtones. I wouldn't mind a revisit in a future novel, though how she'd turn this into a series like the Chicago Stars, I don't know. Despite some nasty actions by some characters at times, you never really dislike any of the major protagonists. You really feel high when they do and low when they're low. I didn't want it to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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