Dear Emily

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To coincide with the publication of "Sara's Song", Fern Michaels' new story of love and second chances, Zebra is reissuing two of her previous blockbusters, "Wish List" and "Dear Emily", the story of a woman who overcomes pain and heartache by making dramatic changes in her life by losing weight, starting a chain of successful fitness centers and finding her one true love.

New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels offers the compelling story of Emily, who at 40...

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Overview

To coincide with the publication of "Sara's Song", Fern Michaels' new story of love and second chances, Zebra is reissuing two of her previous blockbusters, "Wish List" and "Dear Emily", the story of a woman who overcomes pain and heartache by making dramatic changes in her life by losing weight, starting a chain of successful fitness centers and finding her one true love.

New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels offers the compelling story of Emily, who at 40 has nothing to show for 20 years of marriage except a letter from her husband that begins "Dear Emily." Now, Emily needs to reclaim her life--slimming down, starting a business, and falling in love. Original.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Michaels (Serendipity) comes back to romance with a knockout story about a woman whom many readers will immediately recognize. Emily Thorn married her college sweetheart and temporarily shelved her education and career to support her husband's. Patiently, she waits for her turn, but her husband, Ian, always needs Emily's support for some bigger, better goal. Years later, Ian leaves and a 40-plus Emily realizes she has been used as a doormat. She's frightened, angry and so physically out of shape that her prospects for any future romance are dim indeed. And she's convinced it's all her own fault. Michaels gives Emily all the likely emotional baggage but also the determination to take charge of herself and her life. Emily sells off some of her assets, hires Ben, a 40-plus personal fitness trainer, and rents the rooms in her house to seven single, working women. Her plan is to open a string of women's physical fitness centers-where mature women won't be intimidated by Spandex-encased perfection. Ben proves to be a hunk with a brain and is instrumental in making the plan work and in showing her that she is still a very desirable woman. Michaels shines at molding strength, weakness, guilt and pride into one sharply believable character-a woman who will appeal to first-time readers and devoted fans. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420111729
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 955,345
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Fern Michaels

Fern Michaels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Fool Me Once, Sweet Revenge, The Nosy Neighbor, Pretty Woman, and dozens of other novels and novellas. There are over seventy million copies of her books in print. Fern Michaels has built and funded several large day-care centers in her hometown, and is a passionate animal lover who has outfitted police dogs across the country with special bulletproof vests. She shares her home in South Carolina with her four dogs and a resident ghost named Mary Margaret.

Biography

Born Mary Ruth Kuczkir in Hastings, Pennsylvania, Fern Michaels was married and the mother of five before she embarked on her long, successful writing career – a career that began with something midway between a challenge and a command. When her youngest child went off to kindergarten, Michaels's husband imperiously ordered her (in just so many words) to get off her ass and get a job. Long years in the domestic trenches had left her short on marketable skills, so she decided trade off her lifelong love of reading and write a book. Just like that. The domineering, unsupportive husband is history. And Michaels has gone on to pen bestselling romance after bestselling romance. Just like that..

With typical modesty, Michaels does not claim to be a great writer; however, she admits proudly to being a born storyteller. Her bulging bookshelf proves she is all over the map, producing with equal facility hot historicals, lighthearted contemporary capers, adrenaline-laced thrillers, and heartwarming tales of family and friendship. She is especially adept at writing stories about women who prevail in hard times – a reflection, perhaps, of her own struggles in her marriage and early career.

Raised to believe that the fortunate in life have an obligation to give back, Michaels devotes a lot of time to philanthropic concerns. She has established a foundation that grants four-year scholarships to needy students and has set up pre-schools and daycare centers for single mothers. She is also an avid animal lover and has been known to own as many as five dogs at a time.

In 1993, Michaels picked up stakes and moved from her home in New Jersey to a 300-year-old plantation house in Charleston, South Carolina. She and the dogs share the house amicably with a friendly ghost whom Fern has dubbed Mary Margaret. In addition to stopping clocks and moving pillows from room to room, Mary Margaret has been known to occasionally leave flowers on Michaels's nightstand!

Good To Know

Michaels confesses in our interview: "I'm a junk food junkie and a chocoholic. My desk drawers have more junk food in them than paper and pens. I chomp and chew all day long. At night I get up and eat Marshmallow Fluff right out of the jar. In between eating, I write."

Her first "sort of, kind of job" was in market research. Michaels recounts the gig's low-point in our interview: "I had a partner and we were testing a new pressurized drain cleaner. All you had to do was put this can in the drain, squeeze and supposedly the drain would open right up. It did, all right.

"The whole wall collapsed, and stuff that was in there for a hundred years flew everywhere. The lady didn't tell us the drain backed up to her kitchen drain and disposal. The company didn't care that we smelled like a sewer or that our clothes were ruined. The lady got a new bathroom, and we both got fired."

Michaels reveals some of her sources of inspiration: "Inspiration comes from everywhere. The title for Finders Keepers came from a cartoon with two chipmunks that my grandson was watching. I had a title but no story. I finally came up with one to fit that wonderful title.

"Names for characters sometime come from television. I had a character named Metaxis which is odd to begin with. There is a news anchor on T.V. who has that same last name. Sometimes it will just be a word someone says in passing, something I read or saw. There's no rhyme or reason to it. It's almost like, okay, I need something here, stay alert and it will happen."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Kuczkir
    2. Hometown:
      Summerville, South Carolina
    1. Education:
      High School

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  • Posted May 28, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    As always another great read from Fern Michaels

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

    A waste of time

    I love to read. I like Fern Michaels. I hated this book. I "borrowed" it from the library for my Nook. I thought there was potential for a good read but I was so disappointed. I actually "returned" it the the E-library before reading the whole book. The lead character was one of the most annoying that I have come accross. She was so outrageous and so unrealistic in so many ways.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Not Your Usual Fern Michaels :(

    I never write a bad review. I usually feel that someone else can at least get something out of a book even if I can't. I'm not sure this is the case with "Dear Emily". This was a waste of valuable time. I kept reading as I just knew "Dear Emily" would at some point learn a valuable lesson, have an aha moment, or grow some brains in her head. At the end of the book now I still don't know what the point was. Choppy writing, fast forwarding by years and forcing too many charactures with too little info was very irritating. Ugh! How frustrating to have a characture with such great concepts and ideas, such potential for greatness, but continue to be so amazingly down on themselves and just plain boring. This is one of those books where you keep thinking the next chapter will reveal something good. The writing will get bettter. Perhaps the characture will grow as time passes. No. It never happens. If you are considering "Dear Emily" because you are a Fern Michaels fan, reconsider. This is not her usual writing style or story. A total FAIL.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2010

    Not worth your time

    I have read other books by Fern Michaels and have enjoyed them - good easy reads. Dear Emily, however, was a poorly put together book with the main character possessing quite annoying character flaws. She referred/spoke to herself as "Emily Thorn" about once per page, and was a dithering whining person whom I failed to care about. I cared more about the supporting characters than about Emily, who made it a practice to run away from, or yell at those she "loved" (and for some reason, she had many people who loved her). I completed the book only because I was hoping for Emily to have some metamorphosis, or for her to hopefully recognize that she had many people in her life supporting her.
    I must also mention the quite poorly executed writing in this book as well. The dialogue was often quite difficult to follow, and the all of the characters would jump from one topic or feeling to another in the course of a conversation with no rhyme,reason, or connection. It made for a very odd read at times.
    While the plot had a good premise and promising storyline that may could relate to, the odd style (45 years old is apparently over-the-hill to Fern Michaels) and annoying main character made this a laborious read.

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