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.
"Sassy, sexy contemporary romance." (Booklist)
I enjoyed this book except for the voices The narrator, bless her little heart, made Colin a little too smarmy and gay sounding. Most southern men don't sound like lowbrows and most southern women don't sound like harpies. I just never could get past his voice and why she would fall for someone like that. If I had read the book I probably would have enjoyed it more without the distracton of the "off" voices.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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!
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.
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.
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