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Fancy Pants | [Susan Elizabeth Phillips]

Fancy Pants

For Francesca Day, it's not the end of her world, but close to it. She's London-bred, wealthy, and sophisticated, but fate leaves her flat broke and stranded on a back road in Texas. Now she's got to deal with reality without her rich girl props. How can she do it? In Dallas Beaudine, gritty and handsome, lies the answer. He stops his car to help Francesca, whose life needs a tune-up, as well as her car. Stopping could lead to the biggest mistake, or best time, ever.
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Publisher's Summary

For Francesca Day, it's not the end of her world, but close to it. She's London-bred, wealthy, and sophisticated, but fate leaves her flat broke and stranded on a back road in Texas. Now she's got to deal with reality without her rich girl props. How can she do it?

In Dallas Beaudine, gritty and handsome, lies the answer. He stops his car to help Francesca, whose life needs a tune-up, as well as her car. Stopping could lead to the biggest mistake, or best time, ever.

©1989 Susan Elizabeth Phillips; (P)1996 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"Pure unadulterated fun! Riches-to-rags, then back again." (Rave Reviews)
"This delectable confection offers unadulterated entertainment. Sleek romantic comedy." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Shannon Hobbs Santa Clarita, CA 05-04-15
    Shannon Hobbs Santa Clarita, CA 05-04-15 Member Since 2013

    Ms Readsalot

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    "A Classic story, full of heart and humor"

    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.

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    Mary Cole 03-01-15
    Mary Cole 03-01-15
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    "Not her best"

    Sooooo long. A bit boring. I only finished because I didn't want to waste my credit. I didn't care about the characters at all.

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    miss Manly, Australia 02-18-15
    miss Manly, Australia 02-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Took to long to like heroine"

    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.

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    Elizabeth 12-22-14
    Elizabeth 12-22-14

    I'm a 47 year old mom of two young girls. Just recently discovered young adult fiction, as well as dystopian novels.

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    "LOVE the Story; Narrator = Meh"

    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.

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    J. C. Patterson 08-25-14
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    "I actually looked forward to my commute!"
    What made the experience of listening to Fancy Pants the most enjoyable?

    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.


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    Susan Mather San Francisco 02-08-14
    Susan Mather San Francisco 02-08-14 Member Since 2015

    Good books and peaceful days...

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    "Texan Pro Golfer Meets English Lass"

    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.

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    Debbie Farmville, VA, United States 11-10-13
    Debbie Farmville, VA, United States 11-10-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story!"

    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.

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    S.Palmer Long Beach, CA, United States 08-30-13
    S.Palmer Long Beach, CA, United States 08-30-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Fun escape"

    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!

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    Grandma Kaye 08-07-13
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    "Character growth and self effacing humor"

    I really enjoy character growth, and Francie certainly grows! Given her beginnings, that's a really good thing. I enjoyed the humor that accompanied it.
    Not the first book I've read in this series and decided to go back to beginning.

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    Equusdreamer Vermont, United States 02-18-13
    Equusdreamer Vermont, United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2010

    Day dreaming book lover!

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    "Dated."

    Didn't like this one very much. I love SEP but this one was written before enlightenment of treatment of children/women. Sorry about that.

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