Fancy Pants

Fancy Pants

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by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
     
 

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THEY'RE CAVIAR AND BEER. KEROSENE ON FIRE. AND THEY'RE FALLING HEAD-OVER-HEELS IN LOVE.... She was the most beautiful British bauble in Europe's jet-set playgrounds. Now she's broke, furious, and limping down a backwoods road in an ugly pink Southern Belle gown.... He was tall, lean, and all-American gorgeous. He liked his brews cold and women loved to keep him warm.

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THEY'RE CAVIAR AND BEER. KEROSENE ON FIRE. AND THEY'RE FALLING HEAD-OVER-HEELS IN LOVE.... She was the most beautiful British bauble in Europe's jet-set playgrounds. Now she's broke, furious, and limping down a backwoods road in an ugly pink Southern Belle gown.... He was tall, lean, and all-American gorgeous. He liked his brews cold and women loved to keep him warm. Why in hell is he stopping his car for this woebegone, surly Scarlett? Meet Francesca Day and Dallie Beaudine, two incredible characters whose tangled love affair is at the heart of this ravishing New York Times bestseller from award-winning author Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Come enjoy the adventure of a lifetime -- an irresistible story that's touching, hilarious, and hellcat-passionate. You'll never forget Dallie and the sassy lady who needs a good swift kick in her...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982639801
Publisher:
The Axelrod Agency
Publication date:
10/05/2010
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
30,142
File size:
720 KB

Meet the Author

Susan Elizabeth Phillips, romance's newest rising star, has been praised as "one of the best writers of contemporary fiction in the twentieth century" (Affaire de Coeur). With her delightful novels, including her most recent hits Dream a Little Dream and Nobody's Baby But Mine, she has touched the hearts and funny bones of readers -- and has soared onto both national and New York Times bestseller lists. A past recipient of the Romance Writers of America's prestigious Favorite Book of the Year award, and the Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award, Susan Elizabeth Phillips lives with her husband and two sons.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Chicago, Illinois
Place of Birth:
Cincinnati, Ohio
Education:
B.F.A., Ohio University
Website:
http://www.susanephillips.com

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Fancy Pants 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 120 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the immortal words of those guys from In Living Color...haaated it! The author is a talented writer, I'll give her that. But 500+ pages of characters that are deeply and truly terrible people? "But they chaaaaange" is the whiney undercurrent of the book. Into what? Into older jerks? Francine was a spoiled brat who turned into a bad mother, surrounding herself with a tiny group of emotionally stunted enablers, only to use them all for professional gain and free babysitting? And Dallas (eff that Dallie sh*t...no grown man is going to voluntarily adopt a nickname that, in verb form, means "to tickle your pickle"), who was a self-proclaimed man-wh*re but too much of a chicken sh*t to divorce his trailer park queen. Did anyone else get REALLY tired of the surley, misunderstood man routine? Let's not forget that the second Francine saw her former lover's ding-a-ling, she seemed to forget she had a child. My baby's sad because his biological father is being an utter pr*ck? Oh, he'll get over it. He's smart, after all! Have I mentioned his IQ? Wait three pages. It'll come up again, I promise. The kid is missing amongst hundreds of strangers on an island? Pssh, that means I can sneak off for a few seconds alone with the sperm donor! Anyone want my copy? It's free, but still dripping with my disdain
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, I love how Phillips make you feel butterflies as if you were one of the characters in the book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel was awesome! It was hilariously funny, sexy, and fun. The world simply fell apart for Francie, whom I will admit is hard to like in the beginning, but you'll LOVE her by the end. It's just plain wonderful...I couldn't stop smiling when I finished.
Romance_rookie More than 1 year ago
Fancy Pants is the first book in Susan Elizabeth Phillips Texas Wynette series. It tells the story of Francesca Serritella Day, an English socialite heiress who ends up penniless in the Southern United States with only the clothes on her back. It is a tale of a spoiled, self-absorbed woman who at the lowest point of her life faces self discovery to become one of the best journalists television has ever seen. Along the way Francesca meets Dallie Beaudine, a golf pro who seems to be the one man immune to Francesca's charms. Wow! What can I say about this book? First of all, if you haven't read a book by the famous SEP, what are you waiting for? Ms. Phillips pens an incredible story. Now, granted this is not my favorite by her, but hot DAMN, what a story! The book starts out a little slow because it sets up Francesca's childhood and even goes into the details of her conception. Really, though it is all still quite entertaining, it's just that I know romance readers and they will want the author to get to the main romance right away. Be patient and you will be rewarded. Don't worry though, once Francesca and Dallie meet - BAM it is like fire and ice. If you like polar opposites attracting then these two characters are right up your alley. Like cats and dogs these to fight with each other and their first encounter is especially memorable. I give Ms. Phillips and A+ for originality. That is for sure. Now, this story is a little dated. It takes place in the eighties and some of the male perspective is definitely old fashioned. But these two characters are such strong personalities and the story is so entertaining I let a lot of the character's flaws go by the wayside. One thing that I really enjoyed about the story is that the characters GROW throughout the story. They are not perfect and because the story spans 15+ years Dallie and Francesca have time to learn from their mistakes. I really enjoyed this one. I wouldn't recommend this particular story to introduce people to SEP, but for those of you who have read her and liked her will want to read this one too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read many of Phillip's books and this one was not her greatest. I found myself skipping almost half the book. The heroin was snoby and the ending left my slightly dissatisfied. Overall it wasn't my favorite of all her books, but because all her other books are unsurpassable, I gave her a second chance. Read this book anyway, but make sure you read one of her better ones first so you don't draw inaccurate conclusions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maybe I started out wrong, by reading Susan's newer titles first, but I had an extremely tough time with this one. I kept reading, because I was sure it just HAD to get better-not so. Francesca was the most irritating heroine, and trying to keep the ever-increasing number of characters straight became tiresome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This isn't a typical romance novel, that you read on a Saturday afternoon. It's characters take time to set-up. The setting takes us back to the 1970's through the 1980's, and even earlier for back story. If you need a quick read to hold your attention this isn't a book for you. If you like a book you can sink into, then this is the book for you. SEP has created a great cast of characters and it makes me want to jump in my car and find Wynette Texas!
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
Fancy Pants is the first installment in Susan Elizabeth Phillips's adult contemporary romance series titled: Wynette, Texas. After completely devouring her AMAZING Chicago Stars series, I was so excited to see she had another whole series available that I haven't even touched yet. Whoop Whoop! The Wynette, Texas series is some of Ms. Phillips' earlier work and if Fancy Pants is any indication, she has since perfected her signature writing style. I did like it, but it's just not the fun, laugh-out-loud writing I have come to love. The romance was sexy, even though the love/hate banter was pretty extreme (on the hate side), and there is an admirable message portrayed through the female lead: Francesca “Fancy Pants” Day. No matter our looks, family wealth, or social status, there will come a time when those things will no longer serve us and we will have to make our own way. This provided some substance to the overall story and allowed a prideful, entitled, and unlikable ex-socialite to slowly become a relatable and cared for character. Although I didn't love this book, I definitely responded to it and would still recommend it. Check it out! My favorite quote: "When people raved about her sage green eyes, her delicate cheekbones, and gleaming chestnut hair, Francesca found herself withdrawing from them. Painful experience had taught her that being born with a face like hers was more of a liability than an asset. Strength of character came from hard work, not smoky-thick eyelashes. Clothes however were another matter."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It's start off a bit slow in the beginning, but I felt like I really got to know the characters which I have to say doesn't happen too much in most romance novels. They seem to be over in just over 200 pages. I have been reading a number of books by this author and have really enjoyed them. Based on the some of the other reviews, I guess she doesn't work for everyone, but she works for me! I can name quite a number of other romance authors and novels who don't come even close.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this in high school when it first came out and jusr reread it. Loved it! Dallie's attitudes may seem a bit dated (as well as the fashion) but remember this book was published in 1989.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not get into this story. How can a rich girl like her not find one person from her circuit? Just did'nt make sense. And Dallie was looking worse and worse. I love this author, read many books she wrote. This one got on my nerves.
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For me the story jumped around too much and couldn't hold my attention. I've loved all her other books i've read.
Silverleaf More than 1 year ago
  Just Awful - I borrowed the book not worth the time I tried to read it. I'd rather have all my teeth pulled that's how painful it was:-(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Susan Elizabeth is one of my favorite authur....but not entirely with this book. It took till page 100 0r so for Francesca and Dallie to finally meet. I didn't really get interested in this book till well over page 200. The ending was beautiful but way to many details between beginning til end that was not needed. Was not a total dissapointment but still I would not recommend this book to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was going to be just another modern day contemperary romance. WRONG! First of all it is set around the 70's and 80's. It starts off a little odd, but it turns into something amazing. Stick with it, you won't be dissappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this and two other Phillips books and threw them all out. They were terrible.
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Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting read for my chick lit reading group, because it was published in 1989. The first part takes place in the 1970's, the second part in the 1980's. So, from this perspective - the characters and the environment are a little dated; from another perspective, it's like taking a time capsule voyage back to those years. It's very weird to read about pro golfing without any mention of Tiger Woods. The heroine is SO bratty and unlikeable in the beginning I was tempted to put the book down (okay, I was tempted to throw it across the room, but it's a library book, so I reined myself in). Francesca actually undergoes such a sea change after winding up in the middle of nowhere, with the clothes on her back, preggers, and with a quarter in her pocket, that I was able to root for her after all. There are things in this books that wouldn't "work" in today's market. A hero, (technically) married to another woman? Over all, I liked it, and I found it especially interesting as a look back in time.
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Come on now. Almost a hundred pages of prep before the characters even meet? And I can't get into characters that have no redeeming qualities. Maybe some people can swallow the premise that two totally egocentric, narcisistic people can change their stripes but not me. Very disappointing work for an author I normally love. I guess everyone's allowed a clinker now and then and this is sure Susan's.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED the characters in this book. They felt so real and after finishing the book I miss them. That being said, i am not super fond of the way the book os written. I skimmed over a llot of the beginning... too much back story for me. Not to mention that you don't get to know them as a couple when they see eachother 9 years later. It left me wanting soooooooo muchmore than I got. I did love the ending. I cried but, like Glitter Baby, i thought it could have been so much more to the love story. SEP is one of my favorite authors, so if you haven't read her yer... DO IT! But chose one of her Chicago Stars or the other Whynett Texas books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago