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Dear Emily

Dear Emily

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by Fern Michaels
     
 

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Two Chances

Chin up, Emily Thorn faces the pain and heartache of love lost and years wasted. At forty, all she has to show for twenty years of marriage is a Federal Express letter from her husband that begins "Dear Emily"—and ends their life together. She had put her own life on hold to pay Ian's way through medical school. She believed him when he

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Two Chances

Chin up, Emily Thorn faces the pain and heartache of love lost and years wasted. At forty, all she has to show for twenty years of marriage is a Federal Express letter from her husband that begins "Dear Emily"—and ends their life together. She had put her own life on hold to pay Ian's way through medical school. She believed him when he told her that one day she'd have everything she ever wanted—children, an education, a career of her own. What she got was overweight, out of shape—and dumped.

To Find that Special Love

Emily needs to reclaim her life. Slimming down and starting up a chain of fitness centers, she is soon skyrocketing toward entrepreneurial success. . .and into relationships with two exciting new men. One is kind and compassionate, the other unpredictable and alarmingly sensual. Now, to keep her hard-won independence and balance it with a truly fulfilling love, all she has to do is choose the right one . . .

"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." —Publishers Weekly

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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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781420111729
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
540,181
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Summerville, South Carolina
Place of Birth:
Hastings, Pennsylvania
Education:
High School

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Dear Emily 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
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sray1 More than 1 year ago
As always another great read from Fern Michaels
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shelly1972 More than 1 year ago
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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Juwster More than 1 year ago
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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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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