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Ain't She Sweet? [Kindle Edition]

Susan Elizabeth Phillips
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

A small town's prodigal daughter returns to face her past in bestseller Phillips's latest cheeky, diverting fairy tale. Sugar Beth Carey, "the wild child of Parrish, Mississippi," was once the queen of all she surveyed, but after 15 years and three marriages, she's a broken (and broke) husk of her former self. Who's loving the schadenfreude? The Seawillows, for starters-the gaggle of Southern belles Sugar dumped years ago, plus Winnie Davis, the half-sister she treated like dirt. And there's more: not only did Sugar stomp on gorgeous Ryan Galantine's heart (luckily, Winnie caught him on the rebound), she also got Colin Byrne, the sexy British high school teacher, fired for ostensibly coming on to her. Colin now owns her family's manse, and she's inherited the carriage house on his property-along with a highly valuable painting, location unknown (might it be hiding in Colin's attic? Or is it right under her nose?). Phillips keeps the tension high, with Colin (now a successful writer and member of the town's "in" crowd) and all of the rest of Parrish looking to make Sugar pay for past misdeeds. Colin hires her to be his housekeeper, and soon their days are filled with bickering, backstabbing and lots of orgasmic sex. A subplot involving Gigi, Winnie and Ryan's rebellious teenage daughter, who somewhat improbably turns to Sugar Beth for advice, detracts from the primary drama. The novel is at its best when Phillips sticks with what she does best-fast-paced romps featuring two headstrong people who finally realize that they're soul mates.
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Fifteen years ago, Sugar Beth Carey reigned supreme over the small Mississippi town of Parrish, but now she's returning home a little bit shabby around the edges to claim a valuable painting left to her by her disapproving aunt. Fifteen years ago, Colin Byrne arrived in Parrish from England as a new teacher only to have his career destroyed by a spiteful young Sugar Beth. Fifteen years ago, Sugar Beth had everything Winnie Davis ever wanted, but because Winnie had the one thing Sugar Beth could never have, she turned Winnie's life into a perpetual hell. So now Colin, a best-selling author, and Winnie, Parrish's richest citizen, are determined to exact revenge for Sugar Beth's past sins, but much to their surprise, neither one finds revenge to taste quite as sweet as they expected once they get to know the new Sugar Beth. A hero who wouldn't be out of place in the pages of a Regency romance, a heroine who is equal parts grit and class, and a basset hound with a personality disorder are just a few of the memorable characters in Phillips' sassy, sexy contemporary romance. The simple perfection of her writing in this splendid tale will charm readers. John Charles
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Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 355 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (Oct. 13 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1PD4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,913 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite book this summer!! July 17 2004
Format:Hardcover
I just finshed the audio version of this book, and I have to say it is one of the best books Philips has ever written. I laughed so hard I cried, and I cried at times too.
Sugarbeth is not quite what she appears to be, and I will not spoil the book for any new reader by saying much about the plot, but Sugarbeth truly is a "woman for the ages." There is a lot of wisdon buried in the pages of this book, and Philips does not cheat her readers by ending the story too soon, or taking the easy way out.
I spend a lot of time and money on books, in particular audio books which cost a lot more than a paperback, and I appreciate an author who gives me 110%. That is rare today when a lot of best selling authors pump out books by the dozen and feed us recycled junk in order to get us to buy another book. That is not true with Philips, and this book is a great example of the writings of an author who loves her audience and her characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SEP is a master storyteller... Feb. 22 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Having read just about every book published by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, I couldn't wait to get my hands on her newest offering, AIN'T SHE SWEET. I must admit I was expecting more of a light-hearted comedy reminiscent of the humor found in her "Chicago Stars" books. But what I did find was a powerful redemption tale that dealt with the darker side of the human psyche. The book brought to mind another "redemption tale" of SEP's, DREAM A LITTLE DREAM. Like many readers who start out reading AIN'T SHE SWEET, I had the idea in the back of my mind that the book's heroine was way past deserving forgiveness and thought to myself, "Ms. Phillips, there's no way you are going to make me like Sugar Beth!". However, in the SEP's world no character is beyond hope and by the end of the book, I found myself truly fulfilled to learn that bad starts can lead to happy endings and that bad girls can do good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book with some problems July 13 2004
By Mitzi
Format:Hardcover
I too am a long time SEP fan and think she is a genius and a godess. "Ain't She Sweet" was a nice surprise over her previous bombs: "This Heart of Mine" and the other book where the girl goes to Italy. What I loved about Ain't She Sweet was not so much the plot but the characters. Winnie and Ryan have a genuine love for one another that was heartwarming. Colin was sexy! "Honeybell" was a nice touch at the end. I loved it.
There were some things I was disappointed in. I thought Sugar Beth having a mentally disabled "stepdaughter" was a stretch and totally unbelievable. It did not make me feel sympathy toward her. SEP seemed to mention Delilah only when it was convenient as opposed to making her a real force in Sugar's life. Also I wish SEP focused more on the attraction between Colin and SB, not so much the sex but all the stuff that leads up to it.
All in all, Ain't She Sweet has earned a spot on my bookcase. I closed the book with a smile on my face. How many more months til SEP's next one!!!??
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5.0 out of 5 stars Humorous Read Full of Drama and Sexy Romps June 23 2004
Format:Hardcover
Sugar Beth Carey once reigned over the townspeople of Parrish, Mississippi. The small town girl with big city dreams left behind her life in Parrish to embark on bigger and better things and vowed never to return to the mess she left behind.
Fifteen years later, with three marriages under her belt and nothing to show for it but a mangy hound with a bad attitude, Sugar Beth is forced to return to Parrish. She is no longer the beauty queen that everyone adored.
Sugar Beth returns looking more like a high end hooker without a cent to her name in search of a famous painting she inherited and is in desperate need of finding in order to regain her financial footing. She must now face all the skeletons in her closet and the people whose lives she ruined.
Colin Byrne, once a school teacher of Sugar Beth, is now a famous writer. He seeks revenge on Sugar Beth for ruining his life with the lie that he tried to get her into bed while she was his student. Now Colin owns Frenchmen's Bride, the mansion that once belonged to Sugar Beth's family.
Without a penny to her name, Sugar Beth is forced to stay in the carriage house of Frenchmen's Bride while she searches for her painting. She must also face her half sister Winnie who is her father's love child whom she spent her childhood fighting for the love and attention of her father over.
Winnie now has the upper hand on Sugar Beth. Their father's estate was left to her and when Sugar Beth ran off to marry another man, she also left behind Ryan Galantine for Winnie to snatch up and marry.
There are many of Sugar Beth's other childhood friends whom she betrayed and they all vow to make her pay upon her return to Parrish. Colin and Sugar Beth wrestle with a passionate, yet hateful relationship.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good, but not the best June 22 2004
By nico03
Format:Hardcover
"Ain't She Sweet?" is the Sam's Choice of Susan Elizabeth Phillip's novels--still quality, but just not quite as satisfying. As usual, the characters are memorable and quirky and the dialogue is the best to be found in romantic fiction. The snappy humor is, of course, still there. But the empathy I usually feel for SEP's characters was a little disconnected, and there was a lot less sizzle between the hero and heroine.
I think the biggest hurdle for SEP was to make some difficult characters likable- who, as some other reviewers noted, seemed to be stuck in high school, both in memory and maturity. Although by my experience growing up in a small southern town, it's a pretty accurate description, it still doesn't lead to a very likeable cast. However, SEP treats her characters objectively, with just the right note of respect and criticism. In the end, I have to say I liked all of the cast, but I don't think I'll be revisiting them like the character's in SEP's NFL series.
If you are a fan of Ms. Phillip's I recommend this book because it is certainly still good. Just don't expect it to live up to "Nobody's Baby But Mine" or "This Heart of Mine." Buy it used and you won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First SEP for me
This was the first book I read by Phillips. I really enjoyed her writing style and was drawn in to the story right away. I had no expectations as I didn't even read the blurb. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Grouchbucket
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, but sort of hard to read.
This is a very good book, but it's sometimes very hard to read. Everybody gets their revenge on this woman and it quickly becomes too much. Read more
Published on July 14 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars What an entertaining read!!
This book sat on my book shelf collecting dust for months, I finally decided to pick it up and give it a try, and I'm so glad I did. It was hilarious! Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by Mercedes J.
3.0 out of 5 stars I agree....SEP's latest left me disenchanted
Sugar Beth Carey Tharp Zurkurski Hooper is Phillips' weakest female character ever, in my opinion. She's such an unsympathetic character that Phillips had to give her a cause--an... Read more
Published on June 21 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing for SEP
I love all her books and actually bought this in hardback - what a disappointment I have found it to be. Read more
Published on June 18 2004 by Cathy Zaragoza
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!
Susan Elizabeth Phillips has outdone herself. How unique to tell the book from the perspective the of the rich, spoiled teenage bitch who bravely faces her comeuppance. Read more
Published on June 6 2004 by Romance Lover
2.0 out of 5 stars Ain't She Sappy...
The first and last SEP book I will read. The humor was cliche, the ending was an unrealistic fairy tale and the novel was one step above a Harlequin romance novel. Read more
Published on June 2 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars DUH...................
I just finished AIN'T SHE SWEET, and to tell you the truth I'm not sure if I loved it, or if I hated it. I do know I am not indifferent to it. Read more
Published on May 21 2004 by Elaine C McTyer
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite author!
I am so glad that a co-worker recommended this book to me after 5 other women read it in 1 day or less! I knew it had to be good. Read more
Published on May 15 2004 by A. Lively
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