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Nobody's Perfect [Paperback]

Pat Ballard
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August 2001
Nella Covington can't believe she's agreed to marry the arrogant Samuel L. du Cannon, even if it is only a marriage for convenience. He needs a mother for his small son, and she needs to keep her beloved childhood home. But will she be able to stand his egotistical attitude? His domineering manner?

But Jake is such a darling little boy! And he's already captured her heart. What does she have to lose? If Sam's work keeps him on the road enough, she won't have to deal with him much at all. Maybe - this just might work.

All Sam du Cannon wants is a good mom for his son. He's had it with women. Doesn't ever plan to get involved with another woman again. That makes Nella perfect for him. He's never been overly attracted to plus-size women, so if Nella agrees to marry him, he won't have to worry about being tempted to have a relationship with her.

At least, that's what he keeps telling himself.


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My romance novels have real-size heroines. My books, while written to entertain the reader, will hopefully inspire women of all sizes to love, accept and celebrate the individual woman that each of us was born to be.

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Format:Paperback
Nobody's Perfect is an engaging novel about a marriage of convenience - or is it? A "plus-sized" woman needs to keep her childhood home, and a fairly egotistical man has had it for relationships, and just wants a mother for his son... a mother that, he hopes, he will not be physically attracted to and with whom he will not be tempted to share a relationship. Or so he keeps telling himself, but life and human hearts have unpredictable surprises in store, in this charming, witty, and tender love story with a twist.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The story is ok, but the writing is terrible April 24 2004
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I can't believe this author has published so many books. I thought for sure this book was the first book written by her. This is stuff I'd expect from a high school creative writing class, not an established author. The scenes are so short, jump from one to the next with no transition, and the sentences are too simple. I won't even get into how annoying Jake's speech was written. There are better married for convenience stories out there and better books about plus-sized women. Skip this one unless you can get it for 1/4 of the price.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Plus Sized Heroine! Yeah! Jan. 9 2003
Format:Paperback
Well first off I must say a big thanks to Pat Ballard for giving us a heroine who is plus sized and loves herself. Its not often we see one so it was very refreshing to find one in this book.
This is the first book I've read by this author and it won't be the last. Its a quick book. You can finish it in an afternoon. The story is easy to follow and filled with excitement and love.
Nella, the heroine, has just agreed to marry the pig headed, arrogant, anti-fat, Samuel. Now its a marriage of convience. His small son needs a mother or he may loose him to his grandparents in a nasty custody battle, and she wants to keep her home. Not great grounds for a marriage but Nella has a strike against her. She has already fallen in love with Sam's son. She willing puts up with Sam's attitude for the sake of the child but soon decides that Sam had better start treating her like a human being. She demands he respect her and soon finds that Sam isn't all that bad. He just needed a strong woman to make him wake up to reality.
They soon find themselves very attracted to each other and passions flare. But before they can live happily ever after they must fight his ex-in-laws for the boy.
I really enjoyed this story. The author makes it quite clear that being a plus sized person doesn't mean that you are unhealthy, stupid or unlovable, it just makes you human.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ballard's Nobody's Perfect Near Perfect Sept. 19 2002
Format:Paperback
Nella is so kind, beautiful, strong and loving, the reader falls in love with her immediately. The fact that she is "plus-size" is dealt with in such a manner that her being big is, indeed, a plus. Sam, the single father of three-year-old Jake, is handsome, wealthy and likes his women thin. But he, too, can't help but fall in love with Nella. In Nobody's Perfect, Ballard has created a heroine who has learned to love herself despite living in a society that inundates us with the message that thin is better. Ballard addresses stereotyping without preaching. Very quickly, size is no longer a character in this fun, fast-paced romance that the reader will love.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Plus Sized Heroine! Yeah! Jan. 9 2003
By Brenda Condit - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Well first off I must say a big thanks to Pat Ballard for giving us a heroine who is plus sized and loves herself. Its not often we see one so it was very refreshing to find one in this book.
This is the first book I've read by this author and it won't be the last. Its a quick book. You can finish it in an afternoon. The story is easy to follow and filled with excitement and love.
Nella, the heroine, has just agreed to marry the pig headed, arrogant, anti-fat, Samuel. Now its a marriage of convience. His small son needs a mother or he may loose him to his grandparents in a nasty custody battle, and she wants to keep her home. Not great grounds for a marriage but Nella has a strike against her. She has already fallen in love with Sam's son. She willing puts up with Sam's attitude for the sake of the child but soon decides that Sam had better start treating her like a human being. She demands he respect her and soon finds that Sam isn't all that bad. He just needed a strong woman to make him wake up to reality.
They soon find themselves very attracted to each other and passions flare. But before they can live happily ever after they must fight his ex-in-laws for the boy.
I really enjoyed this story. The author makes it quite clear that being a plus sized person doesn't mean that you are unhealthy, stupid or unlovable, it just makes you human.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ballard's Nobody's Perfect Near Perfect Sept. 19 2002
By Leona L. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Nella is so kind, beautiful, strong and loving, the reader falls in love with her immediately. The fact that she is "plus-size" is dealt with in such a manner that her being big is, indeed, a plus. Sam, the single father of three-year-old Jake, is handsome, wealthy and likes his women thin. But he, too, can't help but fall in love with Nella. In Nobody's Perfect, Ballard has created a heroine who has learned to love herself despite living in a society that inundates us with the message that thin is better. Ballard addresses stereotyping without preaching. Very quickly, size is no longer a character in this fun, fast-paced romance that the reader will love.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Love Story Nov. 12 2001
By Sandy Funk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It`s a love story of two people looking for love but don`t plan on letting it happen. But with the love they both have for a child and all the excitement they find themselves into, they grow to fall in love. The love and sex they both find is too much for them. The story keeps you wanting more! It`s very exciting!! And it is written with very good taste. The more Pat writes the better her books get. She has a very gifted talent! It is good reading for all. I loved it and I love her, she is a dear best friend of mine, and I am very proud of her.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cant get enough of Ballards books Jan. 25 2002
By Paula Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Once again another book by Pat that I just cant put down.
If you plan on getting this book and reading a few chapters,forget about it..If you start the book before bedtime plan on being up late.She takes you through all different emotions and wishing you were there..I love the characters because that is how each one of us feels at times.Wishing and wanting!!!!Read and found out who Jake is (MY HERO)
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who knew I'd enjoy a romance novel? Sept. 6 2007
By Linda C. Wisniewski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A few years ago, the editor-in-chief of a well-known publishing house gave a speech at our chamber of commerce's annual dinner for women in business. She "confessed" that reading romance novels is her favorite form of stress relief. Her talk was so convincing, I vowed to give them a second look. Okay, maybe a third, fourth or fifth look. Let's face it. Romance novels do not have a good reputation among "serious" readers and writers. They're not "literary," whatever that means. And the covers feature shirtless Fabio look-alikes embracing beautiful women in various stages of undress. Our public library shelves them in a separate section and places hot pink stickers on their spines, lest a hapless browser pick one up by mistake. The stickers also identify them to their legions of female fans, who must know something.
I enjoyed that editor's speech, but I still didn't read romance novels, until I heard about Pat Ballard's books. She calls them "motivational romances" with Big, Beautiful Heroines. Curious, I picked up a copy of Nobody's Perfect and spent several hours intrigued and enthralled.
In the novel, the love interests are Nella Covington and Samuel L. duCannon. Are those perfect names for a romance or what? Nella is a young woman in her mid-twenties who has long since given up trying to be thin. She takes good care of herself, eats healthy foods and exercises. The women in her family were heavy and she is no exception. But Nella goes beyond just accepting herself. In this novel, she uses her size to her advantage.
We see her save a child from drowning by using her strong arms and skillful swimming. She helps a young wife frustrated by constant dieting make herself over with makeup, a new hairdo and clothes, without losing a single pound. When the woman worries she might go back to feeling discouraged about gaining weight, Nella gives her a gentle pep talk. "You see what you can be if you want to, and it's your decision whether you spend your days looking your best, or looking your worst. That's a decision we all have to make each day. You're no different than anyone else."
Of course, romance novels have a predictable formula. That's why so many women love them; it's reassuring to know the good characters will win. After a few adventures and problems, the heroine always gets the good guy, and this book delivers that, too. But first, we have evil in-laws, a family home in jeopardy and a little boy who needs a mother. Nowhere does Nella play the helpless female. She is strong yet vulnerable, powerful yet seductive.
And Pat Ballard sure knows how to write a good sex scene. Be forewarned: this story is definitely rated R, and the heroine's large size adds to her attractiveness. What a switch from the message aimed at women in magazines and television!
Although the ending was pre-ordained (remember, it's a romance novel), I didn't guess how the author would wrap it up. I lost myself in the story and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. In other words, I had fun. If you read Nobody's Perfect, I predict you will, too. I also predict you will be left with some very thought-provoking ideas about what our society's ideal body image does to every woman's self-esteem.

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