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From the bestselling author of The Back of Beyond comes a spellbinding story of love and money, desire and ambition that sweeps from a small town in 1960s Texas to the heady elegance of Houston in the money-worshipping '80s. Stifled by the close-mindedness of those in the small town of Verity, Carly Anderson heads for Houston. There ambition and savvy combine to make her one of the most powerful and respected businesswomen in the city.
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From the bestselling author of The Back of Beyond comes a spellbinding story of love and money, desire and ambition that sweeps from a small town in 1960s Texas to the heady elegance of Houston in the money-worshipping '80s. Stifled by the close-mindedness of those in the small town of Verity, Carly Anderson heads for Houston. There ambition and savvy combine to make her one of the most powerful and respected businesswomen in the city.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A new dramatic saga featuring passion, secrets, betrayals and scandals-Texas style-allows Bickmore (Homecoming) to chart the vicissitudes endured by her ambitious heroine, Carly Anderson, as she moves from small-town poverty to social prominence and well-deserved riches. Carly and her voluptuous widowed mother move to Verity, Tex., when Carly is a teenager, but the community never accepts them, even when Carly dates local golden boy Boomer Bannerman, or when her mom marries the town's wealthy banker. The high school sweethearts drift apart after graduation, and come together again briefly in booming Houston in the 1970s when both are poised for meteoric success-Carly as a high-profile real estate broker and Boomer as a developer who populates the city skyline. After each marries into Houston's elite society, the couples become friends and partners. A decade later, their marriages and fortunes fail as the oil and real estate markets crash, and the Savings and Loans scandals rock the nation. Carly and Boomer return to Verity to start anew, together. Brickmore tells her story energetically, with a spirited evocation of the Texas landscape and a good-humored tolerance for her characters' foibles. (June)
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A set-in-Texas romantic extravaganza that runs the gamut from 1960s hicksville to 1980s Houston with nary a dull moment.

In backwoods Verity, Texas, single mother (she lost her husband in Vietnam) Francey Anderson is trying her hardest to raise daughter Carly, whom she's uprooted from L.A., where Carly was an honor student about to make the cheerleading team. Carly, however, never feels at home in Verity, with the exception of the way one "Boomer" Bannerman, her first love and an all-around great guy, makes her feel, namely like she's the only woman on earth. Carly's not just gorgeous like her actress/waitress mom, she's also smart; after Boomer leaves for college and says his good-byes, she becomes class valedictorian and works for several years in community leader Walt Davis's successful bank. When Verity starts to feel like a trap, Carly heads to Houston to make her fortune as a real-estate agent; it's no surprise that her romantic life picks up in the big city. The wealthy and snobbish Cole Coleridge eventually wins her hand, but it's his black sheep brother Ben who fathers her child when Cole proves impotent. Boomer reappears, of course, now involved (but it's hard to tell how willingly) with Cole's former flame and leading Houston socialite/businesswoman Alex Headland. Back in Verity, Zelda Marie, Carly's only friend from home, provides a counterpoint to Carly's glamorous life, and while Carly's climbing the ranks, Francey and Mr. Davis are becoming more than friends. By the schmaltzy, feel-good end, everyone's got what they deserve and, in a pleasant and unusual twist, the women generally come out on top.

Bickmore (Homecoming, 1995, etc.) is in peak form here, avoiding stereotypical leads and keeping the plot moving at a breakneck but satisfying clip: altogether, a romantic yarn with a sense of fun as large as, well, Texas.

On Amazon - Neerod O.
I have been a fan of Barbara Bickmore historical novels, so I wasn't sure how I would like a contemporary story by her. As I read further into the book, I enjoyed the story more and more. The story begins in 1961. Teenager Carly Anderson is popular and happy in Los Angeles, when her mother decides to move away from that fast-paced life. They stop in a hick town in Texas -- Verity, TX. and there they decide to begin a new life. Carly is beautiful and bright and graduates from high school as class
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574900675
  • Publisher: Beeler, Thomas T. Publisher
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Series: Large Print Ser.
  • Product dimensions: 6.45 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Meet the Author

BARBARA BICKMORE wrote her first short story at seven and has been writing ever since. Her dream to become a published writer came true when EAST OF THE SUN was published in 1988. As her heroines grow they become women who make a difference and don't settle for living life the way society dictates. Readers will experience sorrow, pain, happiness, romance, love and will enjoy growing with the heroines as they rise to life's challenges.
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