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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Andrea
  • Burlingame, CA, USA
  • 01-19-08

Boring and filled with unlikeable characters

I have enjoyed all of the other SEP audiobooks I have "read," but the characters in this one are unlikeable and the story is silly. The worst part is that this one cost two credits, which I noticed afterward.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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What fun!

Delightful and fun.....Anna Fields' narration is on target.
Ms. Phillips has a great sense of humor which she shares with us. Her characters really come to life! Or, maybe I know too many people just like them.........

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  • Jane
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 07-27-17

Excellent story about flawed characters

on a journey of change. And a feel good ending.

I did not laugh during the book which surprised me since some of her books have me laughing a lot. But it was still an excellent story. I read the paperback a few years ago and recently listened to the audiobook. I enjoyed the audiobook even more than the paperback. The narrator really brought Francesca to life with a British accent. I gave the paperback 4 ½ stars but raised it to 5 stars for the audiobook.

More than half the book shows Francesca doing stupid things. I don’t like it when authors have a smart heroine do stupid things for the sake of the plot. But in this book it worked because the stupidity fit the character. Francesca was spoiled, selfish, vain, careless, and threw temper tantrums. She did stupid things for her pride. For example, she has a little money and then throws a temper tantrum in a motel room throwing and breaking things. So the motel takes her money to cover damages - otherwise she would go to jail. Another example: she has no money for food, but due to pride she says she doesn’t need any help because she has a rich guy waiting for her, which is not true. Then she runs off and ends up in worse trouble.

Eventually Francesca learns, grows, changes, and becomes successful in her career and other. That was so fun to see.

This story is a kind of twist on the theme in Pygmalian (My Fair Lady). In Pygmalian, Eliza is a “good person” who is low class and changes into a proper speaking well mannered lady. In Fancy Pants, Francesca starts out as a proper speaking lady who appears to have good manners. But she is a horrible person and is brought down to low class before she changes to become a “good person.”

Dallie had awful problems and he refused to deal with them. But he eventually changed. I liked how that happened and his motivations.

AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
Anna Fields did an excellent job. She had an excellent British voice for Francesca and a good southern voice for Dallie.

DATA:
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 497 pages. Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words but not often used. Sexual language: strong but not often used. Number of sex scenes: 11, most of them were brief or referred to. Setting: mostly 1955 to 1986 London, Texas, New York and other. Genre: contemporary romance.

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From the beginning

Needed to start from the first book. I'm a true fan. Can't wait for the next story.

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great one<br />

I enjoyed this storie
but not as much as the other ones I have listen to.
I do like the narrator.
thud version had an Ecco too.

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one of the best!

This author is my favorite since listening and walking go so well together. I am so saddened to learn that the narrator Anna fields \kate Flemming died a few years ago. She was the greatest. This book has fantastic characters and storyline. A little slow at first but you won't be sorry. Also, this is a series not to be missed.

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Antiques In Audio Not So Good

They utilized a 1996 recording and the sound quality was abysmal. The ranking of this story was only a guess; I couldn't withstand the terrible audio quality long enough to get any real feel for it.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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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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.