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Glitter Baby (Wynette, Texas series) Kindle Edition

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"'witty and refreshing...surprisingly thought provoking '- Daily Telegraph 'Wity romance...she doesn't disapoint' - Time magazine 'Warm and engaging' - Choice magazine"

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Welcome to the world of the Glitter Baby

Fleur Savagar is the most beautiful woman in the world . . . to everyone but herself. With her oversized hands and paddle-boat feet, her streaky blond hair and funny green eyes, she lives a life filled with secrets that began before she was born. That was when her bewitching mother left home to find James Dean and met Errol Flynn instead. Now Fleur has to grow up quickly, and life won't make that easy.

Jake Koranda is both New York's most brilliant playwright and Hollywood's hottest actor. Difficult, talented, and tormented, he has no patience for international glamour girls, not even ones with beautiful bodies and smart-aleck mouths. But there's more to the Glitter Baby than shine, and Fleur's tougher than Jake expects. Even with the odds stacked against her, she's fiercely determined to discover the woman she's destined to be.

An ugly duckling who can't believe she's turned into a swan . . . A tough-guy movie star with a haunted past . . . In a land of broken dreams, can two unlikely lovers trust their hearts?


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 685 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (Dec 20 2008)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLL95A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,796 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I like SEP, I like romance and I forgive it for being a genre where reality takes a backseat to emotional conflict and the happy resolution of it. But this was a hard book to like for me, and I'm afraid I didn't like it very much.

I didn't like the glamourous setting all that much, the main character named Fleur is conceived during a liaison that her mother has with a famous actor (an actual classic Hollywood star, but I forget which one), and when this actor dies leaving his mistress destitute, Fleur's mother marries a frennemy of his to make sure the baby has a roof over its head. Unfortunately once Michel Savagar realises the baby isn't his, he's not too happy about it and he takes it out on her. Fleur is taunted throughout her school years for being gauche and ugly but is soon discovered as a model and pushed very strongly into that profession by her mother. Because no modelling career is ever complete before a stint in Hollywood, Fleur soon gets a role opposite then rising star Jake Koranda who resents having to act next to an inexperienced girl. So that's your synopsis right there.

If your gag reflex hasn't yet activated, you might just end up liking this book. I didn't enjoy it very much, despite the fact that SEP's writing is always very humourous, and that she uses a rather direct prose in her books that is quite pretty at times, but doesn't turn into the verbose.

The first thing that annoyed me was how over the top the characters were. They're not actors, they're the best actors and the most sought after. Fleur isn't a top model, she's the top earning girl and she's the inspiration of everyone, she's Brigitte Bardeau all over again. Jake Koranda isn't a handsome actor, he's a handsome actor, serious actor, aspiring director, and a action hero.
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I was a bit disappointed by this book. It was good but clearly for me, my least favorite of all Susan Elizabeth Phillips. A shame really, because I absolutely love all her other books. What irked me the most is that the "hero" was barely in a quarter of the book while we had too many parts with the parents, whom I both could not stand obviously.

Still, it's a good story but left a little to be desired.
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This is now my favorite Susan Elizabeth Phillips book, right up there with Hot Shot, Fancy Pants, and the ultimate novel: Honey Moon. I loved it for the same reasons I loved those other titles. She writes a moving story with romance that does not come quick and easy for the characters involved. I think her characters are very complex and well-drafted. And I am consistently amused by her dialogue. From where do these ideas spring? I completely agree with the former review that Susan Phillips is a natural at this writing thing. I have never read a story by her that did not touch me. While it can be cute to see two people fall in love and have the biggest problem they face be that of who tells who they love each other first and will he/she marry me ('cause I like those two types also), Susan Phillips takes her characters on a journey of self-discovery transforming them into characters with the same strength in which they're written. Fleur Savagar, Honey Moon, and Francesca all fit the bill. I like it when characters (in film or books), who are already intelligent and special, discover that they are stronger than they think or know they are. Glitter Baby is a gem with everything that I like to read in any book. I'd buy it again!
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Glitter Baby was Susan Elizabeth Phillips' first contemporary novel, and it is quite different from the Avon romantic comedies many people have come to love (including me). This book chronicles the life and times of Fleur Savagar, daughter of a 1950's would-be Hollywood starlet and a certain very aging has-been former Hollywood star (read the book to find out who it is). As she grows up, she knows fame from the runways, and heartbreak from all those she loves. Yet she manages to persevere and find the happiness she deserves.
Glitter Baby is very dated; the author herself has said she has no plans to reissue it for that very reason. It's not a bad book by any means, although the characters are not nearly as sympathetic or sparkling as the usual SEP fare. However, if you happen to chance upon it at a used bookstore, buy it. Besides, then you can say that you own SEP's very first contemporary.
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I know all of you fellow Susan Elizabeth Phillips fans are gonna secretly wonder if it will be worth the extra bucks you'll have to fork over to get a copy of this hard to find out of print book. I will tell you, it really is. Dont let the thought that this is her first book deter you either. She must have been writing in the womb! Her newest novel, THIS HEART OF MINE, is just as good. If you read all her books in chronilogical order, some will be even more enjoyable since she will branch off sometimes and give prior characters their own stories. Get a copy of this if you can, then check out Amazon's other choices for her and buy every one you can, you will re-read every one several times if you love deep, penetrating writing like only SEP can deliver!
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