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The Ugly Duckling | [Iris Johansen]

The Ugly Duckling

Nell Calder is the docile, plain wife of a powerful financier. She is content to live in the shadows of his elegant international life. Suddenly one night, at a lavish party, a hit man targets her husband. Nell’s face and body are deeply marred by the same violent hand. But from the ensuing surgery and rehabilitation, Nell emerges beautiful, strong, and bent on revenge. To develop the skills she needs to face her attacker, Nell must conquer her fear and face almost impossible odds.
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Publisher's Summary

With more than eight million copies of her books in print, Iris Johansen has captured top spots on national best-seller lists and attracted a wide audience of fans. Renowned for her superb storytelling, Johansen adds a dark twist to the well-known fable in The Ugly Duckling.

Nell Calder is the docile, plain wife of a powerful financier. She is content to live in the shadows of his elegant international life. Suddenly one night, at a lavish party, a hit man targets her husband. Nell’s face and body are deeply marred by the same violent hand. But from the ensuing surgery and rehabilitation, Nell emerges beautiful, strong, and bent on revenge. To develop the skills she needs to face her attacker, Nell must conquer her fear and face almost impossible odds.

Layered with suspense, drama, and passion, this fast-paced story plunges you into Nell's dangerous mission. Narrator Barbara Rosenblat provides the perfect pace for a gripping, sophisticated tale.

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    Linda Burlington, KS, United States 02-10-14
    Linda Burlington, KS, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2010

    RETIRED & LOVING IT.

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    "REVENGE---WHAT IT IT, GOOD FOR?"

    WE KNOW THE SONG, BUT LIVING OR PAYING WITH THIS AS A CURRENCY IS A FRIVOLOUS PURSUIT. YOU MUST UNLEARN BEFORE ONE'S LIFE IS ORE IT IS "THE CROSS" THAT LIVES AND LETS YOU FLY "TO REACH OUT AND TOUCH THE FACE OF GOD.". ARE YOU ABLE TO CONTEND? IT IS NOT ONE FOR THE TIMID.OF HEAR TED.

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    Donna Montana 02-01-14
    Donna Montana 02-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "One of my favorites."
    What made the experience of listening to The Ugly Duckling the most enjoyable?

    I heard this years ago and enjoyed it very much. The whole idea of a less than beautiful woman being remade inside and out was interesting. I just recently purchased the audio so I could hear it again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ugly Duckling?

    The lengths the main character was willing to go to make things right. Stepping out of her comfort zone and doing the hard work to change.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I didn't have one. I enjoyed the entire book.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't normally support revenge in any form. But this was a different twist. The book had several unexpected turns that made it good from beginning to end.

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