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Charming Lily [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Fern Michaels
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Matt Starr, CEO of a computer company, left Lily at the altar ten years ago, but now he's determined not to let her go. Lily suspects something is wrong when he misses the rehearsal dinner, but when he doesn't show up for their wedding, again, she flies into a rage. Matt's best friend, Marcus, believes that Matt is in trouble, but Lily is skeptical until she starts experiencing unexplained spells that seem to indicate that, indeed, Matt is in danger. It turns out that the necklace her best friend gave her is a family heirloom: a wishkeeper that gives Lily the "sight." They rescue Matt, who was kidnapped, with the help of Lily's visions, but another attempt at matrimony may be more than she can take even if she can see the future. A fun romance from a popular master of the genre. Patty Engelmann
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
The dialogue in this book easily has to be the worst I have ever read. It is the sort you hear on really bad sci fi programs like the old Star Trek, where everything is explained in a really long winded fashion to give you the background information on who these character are and what their situation, likes and dislikes. Endless comments about wine, his clothes, prime rib being Matt's favorite meal, and the hole in the big toe of his sneaker are just not romance worthy and bog down an already dull book.
His whole dumping her at the altar and second chance and engagement to Lily in the wilderness survival course, should have been shown, not told in a paragraph or two. Let alone dumping her at the altar again. Tedious.
This author breaks every rule of good story telling and is really starting to show her sell by date. I am heartily sick of pseudo paranormal stuff in supposedly mainstream contemporary fiction. Is this really the only way they can solve the messes they put their characters in?
And not especially interesting characters at that? Where is heat, sensuality?
I am also sick of books where the characters are rarely ever in the same room with each other, and only ever fighting most of the time even when they are.
Also, if they are already in love then where is the romance? This novel fails on every level a romance needs to function, and it is total fluff so can't be labelled women's fiction. I would give it minus stars if I could, it is so mediocre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't start until you have plenty of time to read! March 14 2003
By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lily Harper had been left at the alter by Matt Starr before. It took him a long time to convince her to give him a second chance. During their time apart Matt had built Digitech, a now famous software company. Dennis Wagner and Marcus Collins were his most trusted men. They had been with Matt since the beginning. Yet one of them was selling secrets to the competition. Marcus was trying to convince Matt it was Dennis. But Marcus was the one in major financial trouble and desperate for money despite the huge salary, bonuses, and company perks. As soon as the new software was announced, which would change the high-tech world, Matt would retire. He had only to marry Lily and fire one of his best friends. That was...until he was kidnapped!
When Matt did not show up for the wedding, Lily was left standing at the alter for the second time by the same man! She was deeply hurt until foul play became obvious. A necklace given to her (called a "Wish Keeper") was sending her short visions of Matt. The necklace and Matt's dog, Gracie, was the only hope Lily and her friends had of locating him.
Awesome story! Just a touch of the super natural (in the necklace) and combined with modern day computer geniuses...makes an excellent story for everyone! I could not bring myself to stop reading, so I finished it in less than a day! Be warned, don't start this one until you have plenty of reading time ahead of you! Highly recommended!
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3.0 out of 5 stars My Vacation Read Aug. 23 2002
By Ei
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The cottage I rented on my vacation held a copy of "Charming Lily" in it's very full bookcases. Why did I chose this over the great library in the Summer vacation house?
I knew the name Fern Michaels vaguely, and I had never read any of her books before. I figured it would be a light, easy to read and follow book that I could read in the five days I was there.
Fern Michaels, I quote, "likes to write about strong women". The "Lily" of the title is a woman of small stature(from her description) but large on determination. I don't know about strength. The end of the story doesn't make her out to be such a strong woman. his is the one and only book I will read by Michaels just because of her quote because I don't agree with her at all that Lily was a strong woman. She was a kind hearted, and broken hearted woman who buckles under loves strap.
Lily is stood up at the altar by the male romantic lead in the story, Matt Starr(a perfect male romantic lead name), she vows never to get involved again and moves on. Her and Sadie, her best friend since childhood, both embark on careers as Survival Camp Counselors. Matt is among one of the group Lily is leading in the beginning of the story, and it's been a few years since he blew her off at the altar.
The get involved again, and chaos ensues. Matt is kidnapped by three brothers who sound like something out of a gangster movie. He is saved after days of real "survival" by Lily, Sadie, and Matt's best friend, Dennis. Eventually it all ends tragically happy, like most romance novels. A charm called a "wish keeper" is worn around Lily's neck throughout most of the story, and she has the "seizures" that make her see the future and see things that are happening.
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3.0 out of 5 stars My Vacation Read Aug. 23 2002
By Ei
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The cottage I rented on my vacation held a copy of "Charming Lily" in it's very full bookcases. Why did I chose this over the great library in the Summer vacation house?
I knew the name Fern Michaels vaguely, and I had never read any of her books before. I figured it would be a light, easy to read and follow book that I could read in the five days I was there.
Fern Michaels, I quote, "likes to write about strong women". The "Lily" of the title is a woman of small stature(from her description) but large on determination. I don't know about strength. The end of the story doesn't make her out to be such a strong woman. his is the one and only book I will read by Michaels just because of her quote because I don't agree with her at all that Lily was a strong woman. She was a kind hearted, and broken hearted woman who buckles under loves strap.
Lily is stood up at the altar by the male romantic lead in the story, Matt Starr(a perfect male romantic lead name), she vows never to get involved again and moves on. Her and Sadie, her best friend since childhood, both embark on careers as Survival Camp Counselors. Matt is among one of the group Lily is leading in the beginning of the story, and it's been a few years since he blew her off at the altar.
The get involved again, and chaos ensues. Matt is kidnapped by three brothers who sound like something out of a gangster movie. He is saved after days of real "survival" by Lily, Sadie, and Matt's best friend, Dennis. Eventually it all ends tragically happy, like most romance novels. A charm called a "wish keeper" is worn around Lily's neck throughout most of the story, and she has the "seizures" that make her see the future and see things that are happening.
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4.0 out of 5 stars chaarming lily
very good read...would recommend this book if you like fern michaels writing this is another of her great books for you to read
Published on Sept. 13 2011 by D. Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Another of Mrs. Michaels strong Women at her best.
Fern Michaels has always written about strong women, but like all of us her women have one weak spot and that is their heart. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2003 by S. K. Leggate
1.0 out of 5 stars boring and immature
I can't believe anyone would like this book. I agree with others who said the dialogue drags, adds nothing to the plot, and seems as if it was a high school student's first... Read more
Published on July 14 2002 by "dimity8"
1.0 out of 5 stars I can't beleive this book was rated so highly by others!
I was astonished to see how highly this book was rated. It's the worst book I've read in a long time. Read more
Published on March 29 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Lily's fiance comes up missing a second time.
Lily Harper is an expert at wilderness survival. Matt Starr is a wealthy computer whiz. Left standing at the altar once before by Matt, Lily is none too pleased when he... Read more
Published on July 7 2001 by Affaire de Coeur
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely charming story! Very highly recommended
Thirty years old, Lily Harper has been left at the altar twice by the same man! Lily thinks that she should've known that Matt Starr would leave her at the altar again. Read more
Published on May 6 2001 by C. Penn
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming Lily
I really enjoyed reading Charming Lily ....it has a lot of mystery in it ...just enough to keep your attention until the end . Read more
Published on May 3 2001 by Susan Manning
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome story!
Lily Harper had been left at the alter by Matt Starr before. It took him a long time to convince her to give him a second chance. Read more
Published on May 1 2001 by Huntress Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets
Ten years ago, Matt Starr jilted Lily at the altar because he feared commitment. While she waited for his arrival at the church, he drove off on his motorcycle and with no capital... Read more
Published on March 27 2001 by Harriet Klausner
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