Big Girls Don't Cry (Dundee, Idaho Series) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Thanks to a devastating revelation about her husband, Reenie Holbrook's once-perfect marriage is over. For eleven years she had the life she wanted--and now it's gone.

Reenie decides that the first step in recovering from her ordeal is to find work; after all, she has three young children to support. She's thrilled when she lands a job at Dundee High teaching history--until Isaac Russell, the man who triggered the unraveling of her marriage, accepts a temporary position teaching...

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Big Girls Don't Cry (Dundee, Idaho Series)

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Overview

Thanks to a devastating revelation about her husband, Reenie Holbrook's once-perfect marriage is over. For eleven years she had the life she wanted--and now it's gone.

Reenie decides that the first step in recovering from her ordeal is to find work; after all, she has three young children to support. She's thrilled when she lands a job at Dundee High teaching history--until Isaac Russell, the man who triggered the unraveling of her marriage, accepts a temporary position teaching science. Then she's tempted to quit. Reenie doesn't care if the whole town admires Isaac...and she won't admit that, secretly, she admires him, too. She doesn't want to see him or his sister in "her" town.

But a friendship with the most unlikely woman leads to a relationship with the most unlikely man....

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426836633
  • Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Series: A Dundee, Idaho Book Series , #1296
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 42,508
  • File size: 644 KB

Meet the Author

Most writers say they've had stories running around in their head since they can remember, but that wasn't the case for Brenda. She grew up thinking she didn't have a creative bone in her body. She considered herself "left-brained," with talents in science and mathematics, and even went to school for business.

It wasn't until she was 29 and married with three kids that she discovered writing--and if not for a difficult situation that prompted her to find a way to make money from home, she might not have started even then.

Brenda was a loan officer for a mortgage company when she caught her in-home daycare provider drugging her children with cough medicines and Tylenol to get them to sleep while she was gone. They'd been waking up several times in the night and she couldn't figure out why. Except for the baby, they were too old for that. But once she found the medicine in her baby's bottle, she suspected the baby-sitter had been doing this for several months.

No longer able to trust someone else with her children's well-being, Brenda quit her job to stay home with them--but her husband's business was failing and she needed to find some way to help him financially. That's when she decided to write a book.

It wasn't the "quick fix" the Novaks were hoping for. It took her five years to teach herself the craft and to finish her debut novel, Of Noble Birth, published in November 1999. But it introduced her to something she loves to do more than anything else. Shortly after she sold Of Noble Birth, she sold three books to Harlequin's Superromance line, the first of which, Expectations, came out in February 2000.

Now she has fivechildren; three girls and two boys, and juggles her writing career with softball games and field trips, carpool runs and homework sessions, and trying to keep up with her active husband. Fortunately, her family is as involved in what she does as she is in their activities. Her husband or one of her daughters sometimes go to conferences with her, they put stamps on the postcards she sends to her mailing list when she has a new book come out, and they come to all her book signings.

Her oldest, Ashley, throws her backpack down when she gets home from school and immediately joins Brenda at her computer, wanting to hear the latest installment on her current work in progress. Ashley gives Brenda valuable feedback, and so does her husband, who hears the same pages when he comes home from work. Now, as a family, the Novaks look back on those hard times when Brenda was just starting out and are grateful that something so good came out of it.

Brenda loves to hear from fellow romance enthusiasts. You can contact her at P.O. Box 3781, Citrus Heights, CA, 95611 or via her web site at www.brendanovak.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2014

    LOVED IT!

    A beautiful story of love, friendship and finding a way in life. I liked the complexity that was displayed by the characters. Reminds me of the phrase "If you are given lemons, make lemonade." LA-TXN

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Really enjoyed it but...

    I really liked the story but it didnt have the hot, romance of some of novak's previous novels in this series. I want it all- great story, great characters, and steamy romance. This was more tame than i would prefer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    Big girls don't cry

    Very good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2005

    Another Great Dundee based book.

    If you have been reading Brenda's Dundee series this one is about Reenie and introduces two new characters Elizabeth and Isaac. Keith, Reenie's husband is living two lives. He has another wife (Liz) in L.A.His life begins to unravel when Isaac his brother in law discovers he has lied to Liz about his frequent business trip, that he is really going back to his life in Dundee. Isaac follows him and reveals to both Reenie and Liz that he has been leading 2 lives. Keith choses to return to Reenie and his family in Dundee. Liz for the sake of her children with Keith decide to pick up and move there as well. Isaac goes along to help out Liz. This is where the story really starts to become interesting how both women react to each other how they handle Keith, and what happens when Isaac finds himself drawn to Reenie! As usual Brenda Novak does not disappoint us!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    An intriguing relationship drama

    Unable to believe the number of business trips his brother-in-law Keith O¿Connell makes to Dundee, Idaho, Isaac Russell decides to serendipitously follow him. Isaac is stunned to find that Keith has another wife with three young daughters besides his sibling Liz........... Forced to make a decision, Keith chooses his Idaho family for the sake of his offspring. When his despondent sister Liz decides to follow her ¿husband¿ to Idaho, Isaac does likewise to insure she does not break the law by doing something stupid or even try to do something stupider like getting her ¿husband¿ to come back to her. Complicating matters at least in Isaac¿s mind is his attraction to Keith¿s schoolteacher first wife Reenie Holbrook, who uses her maiden name........... Big girls do cry when they suffer broken hearts as both women do when the truth about Keith¿s bigamy surfaces. However, Reenie recovers faster perhaps because she has the kids to take care of (no time for breakdowns) and the interest of Isaac to help her move on while Liz feels abandoned and betrayed first by her two-timing spouse and then her brother. She and the kids provide the fresh extended look at the impact of bigamy........... Harriet Klausner

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