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)
The only thing wrong with Susan Elizabeth Phillips' books is that they end. I normally don't even care for romance titles - but SEP writes stories that are so entertaining and so uplifting, there aren't enough of them. Ain't She Sweet is no exception - the characters, their relationships - it's all there. This isn't any "in-depth" fiction - it's just good old fashion entertainment that leaves you feeling great! Of course, Kate Flemming (A/K/A Anna Fields) makes it all come together. I wish she could read every audio book!
This was my first book by S. Philips, and I was worried. But, the writing was skillful, the story captivating, and, Thank heavens, the narration wonderful. Amazing how annoying and distracting some voices can be. This was a delight from beginning to end.
The characters in this romanace are a little odd -- most of the men seem like buffoons, most of the women are catty, and the lead heroine is self-centered (albeit softened on the edges by some big-hearted actions -- after all it would be a difficult story if she wasn't somewhat sypathetic!).
You might wonder what could possibly make this a good romance with a character list like that, but after a strange start, it actually worked as a story for me. The romance was sweet and funny (and sometimes steamy) -- it had interesting story and characters that kept me enjoying the story from start to finish. The story paced nicely. I have to admit I preferred the secondary characters romance, as seemed much more compelling, but overall, a nice romantic book.
However, the narration could cause some listeners problems. The narrator had great pacing, but if you are sensitive to how you expect accents to sound, she had some problems. I am not Southern, so I cannot comment on the deep South accents, but I did live in England, and the lead hero's accent was downright laughable. It took me a couple chapters to just "go with it" and not get distracted by the hero's voice -- and you have to hear a lot of him, so if you have strong feelings about the way characters are read, and in particular if you have some idea of what to expect from a British accent, you might want to be a little careful on this title. Unfortunately in the whole 10 minute sample audio there is no example of the hero's voice.
If you are not too concerned about the accents, then this is a good romance. If you are distracted by such things, you might want to pass on this one and try another title.
This was the first audiobook that I listened to, and really liked it. I had already read the paperback, but listening to the audiobook made it come alive. Kate Fleming's reading of it was great to listen to and made it seem more real. I have read most of Susan Elizabeth Phillips books, and would love to hear more of them as audiobooks. I would especially love to hear the Bonner Brothers-Chicago Stars books on audio.
When I read the review, I thought this book would be just a fun piece of fluff -- entertaining romance fiction to fill the void between some heavier pieces of historical non-fiction I had planned. It was fun and entertaining and VERY romantic, and far, far better than I had anticipated, so much that I bought the book and read it again to catch all the language.
I was most impressed with SEP's characters -- despite all the hype of Sugar Beth's history, she was a human, likeable character from the beginning, and Colin also became quickly a character you cared about. The cast of characters are all well-developed and the story line is beautifully woven together. High praises to the author -- this is a story I will remember for a long time and still be smiling.
Another fantastic SEP novel, its a pity Colin was read with possibly the worst English accent I have ever heard.
School teacher and consumer of mass quantities of books!
This is a book that you'll find really hard to put down. The characters are well thought out, the plot is full of life, and the dramatic ending leaves you wanting to know more about the main character, Sugar Beth! The reader does an excellent job of voicing all the characters. I love a book that stays with you for hours or days after you've finished reading it, this is definitely one of those books!
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.
LOved this first book by Elizabeth Phillips. Very quick listening and enjoyable. Look forward to her next book.
I loved this book and the narrator was great! The author is new to me and her sarcasm had me in stitches! I too have found a new favorite author!
"Shame about the English accent"
I love SEP's books and even though this is not one of her best I was very much looking forward to enjoying the audio version on my long commute.
For the most past it was very good, but the narrator's English accent was excruciating at times. It is a shame as I have very much enjoyed listening to Kate Flemming in all other aspects of the audiobook. It was as if the only way she could make the hero sound British was to portray him as a caricature of an aging theatrical 'luvee'. Rather than sounding suave and sophisticated, he often sounded quite camp. I can't vouch for the authenticity of her Mississippi accent.
Apart from the dire dialect it was a very enjoyable listen.
I absolutely loved this book although I didn't think I would after reading it the first time but this audio/book grows on you as you turn the pages.
I found the narrator very good. Sometimes you buy an audiobook and you cannot listen to the narrator because their voice is very thin or you just can't stand it for whatever reason but not this one. Everything was audible and clear.
This book dealt with some very serious and important issues and I am glad that the author didn't belittle them in any way - bullying, father-daughter, mother-daughter relationships among others. One thing I especially liked and commend the author for is the growth of Sugar Beth - how she grew up with each experience in her life and in a positive way. Others might not be aware of her growth as a human being, as a person and still presume her to be the-old-Sugar-Beth but in her actions her growth can be seen. Her interaction with the hero, how she is willing to do anything to take care of her responsibilities (I won't say any more otherwise it would spoil the suspense for others) show how she has matured since she left her birthplace. Also, I really appreciate the way she takes things/consequences of her past-actions head-on instead of crying about 'it's in the past', 'I have changed since' etc.
I would recommend this book to those looking for a relaxing read as it's not very complicated but it is quite long. However, you won't notice its length as when it ends you keep wanting for a few more pages/minutes of the story. I found this audiobook/story very engaging.
I love SEP books. This book was different from the others I have read. Sad. Actually reduced me to tears. People can be really horrible to each other. Yes, Sugar Beth was, to quote, a 'toxic teenager' but she is sorry for her behaviour. No-one seems to have realised that they have grown up and that extracting revenge says so much more about their characters than it does about hers. Glass houses and all that. Even the "Christian" seems to think it is OK to be mean - we can ask God to forgive us tomorrow. Is that all it takes? An apology the next day. If so, there is no concept of accountability for Christians. All you have to do is apologise. I don't think so.
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