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#1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown has created a sensation with her contemporary novels. In Fanta C she has written a tender, funny, and deeply sensual story about a woman caught between the needs of her children, her career, and her own passionate heart.
 
Elizabeth Burke’s days are filled with the business of running an elegant boutique and caring for her two small children. But her nights are long and empty since the ...
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Overview

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown has created a sensation with her contemporary novels. In Fanta C she has written a tender, funny, and deeply sensual story about a woman caught between the needs of her children, her career, and her own passionate heart.
 
Elizabeth Burke’s days are filled with the business of running an elegant boutique and caring for her two small children. But her nights are long and empty since the death of her husband two years ago, and she spends them dreaming of the love and romance that might have been. Then Thad Randolph steps into her life—a man right out of her intimate fantasies.
 
Elizabeth, who doesn’t believe in fairy tales and knows all too well that happy endings only happen in books, wishes she could convince herself that friendship is all she wants from Thad. But the day will come when she’ll finally have to make a choice—to remain forever true to her memories or to let go of the past and risk loving once more.
 
“Ms. Brown’s larger-than-life heroes and heroines make you believe all the warm, wonderful, wild things in life.”—Rendezvous

This national bestseller in hardcover from the author of French Silk tells the story of a widow who runs an elegant boutique. Then a man right out of her most intimate fantasies steps into her life, and she knows that she must decide whether to hold onto the past, or let go and risk loving once more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553562743
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 340,402
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Brown
Sandra Brown is the author of many New York Times bestsellers, with more than seventy million copies of her books in print. She and her husband live in Arlington, Texas.

Biography

In 1979, Sandra Brown lost her job at a television program and decided to give writing a try. She bought an armful of romance novels and writing books, set up a typewriter on a card table and wrote her first novel. Harlequin passed but Dell bit, and Brown was off and writing, publishing her works under an assortment of pseudonyms.

From such modest beginnings, Brown has evolved into multimillion publishing empire of one, the CEO of her own literary brand; she towers over the landscape of romantic fiction. Brown has used her growing clout to insist her publishers drop the bosom-and-biceps covers and has added more intricate subplots, suspense, and even unhappy endings to her work. The result: A near-constant presence on The New York Times bestsellers list. In 1992, she had three on the list at the same time, joining that exclusive club of Stephen King, Tom Clancy, J. K. Rowling, and Danielle Steel.

Her work in the mainstream realm has taken her readers into The White House, where the president's newborn dies mysteriously; the oil fields and bedrooms of a Dallas-like family dynasty; and the sexual complications surrounding an investigation into an evangelist's murder. Such inventions have made her a distinct presence in a crowded genre.

"Brown is perhaps best known now for her longer novels of romantic suspense. The basic outline for these stories has passionate love, lust, and violence playing out against a background of unraveling secrets and skeletons jumping out of family closets," wrote Barbara E. Kemp in the book Twentieth-Century Romance & Historical Writers . Kemp also praises Brown's sharp dialogue and richly detailed characters. "However, her greatest key to success is probably that she invites her readers into a fantasy world of passion, intrigue, and danger," she wrote. "They too can face the moral and emotional dilemmas of the heroine, safe in the knowledge that justice and love will prevail."

Critics give her points for nimble storytelling but are cooler to her "serviceable prose," in the words of one Publishers Weekly reviewer. Still, when writing a crack page-turner, the plot's the thing. A 1992 New York Times review placed Brown among a group of a writers "who have mastered the art of the slow tease."

Staggeringly prolific, Brown found her writing pace ground to a halt when she was given a different assignment. A magazine had asked her for an autobiographical piece, and it took her months to complete. Her life in the suburbs, though personally fulfilling, was nonetheless blander than fiction. That may be why she dives into her fiction writing with such workhorse gusto. "I love being the bad guy," she told Publishers Weekly in 1995, "simply because I was always so responsible, so predictable growing up. I made straight A's and never got into any trouble, and I still impose those standards on myself. So writing is my chance to escape and become the sleaziest, scummiest role."

When she started writing, her goal was always to break out of the parameters of romance. After about 45 romances, the woman who counts Tennessee Williams and Taylor Caldwell among her influences told The New York Times that felt she had reached a plateau. In fact, she doesn't even look at her books as romances anymore. "I think of my books now as suspense novels, usually with a love story incorporated," she said. "They're absolutely a lot harder to write than romances. They take more plotting and real character development. Each book is a stretch for me, and I try something interesting each time that males will like as well as women."

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  • "I hate to exercise and only do so because I absolutely must."

  • "I love to eat and my favorite foods are all bad for the body. Fried chicken and gravy, TexMex, red meat (hey, I'm from Texas!). My only saving grace is that I'm not that fond of sweets. Salty is my thing. Chocolate cake and ice cream I can skip. But a bag of Fritos. . ."

  • "It takes me a long time to go to sleep, usually because I read in bed and hate to put down the book. But when I do nod off, I'm a champion sleeper. I can easily do eight or nine hours a night."

  • "My worst "thing" is mean-spirited people. People who deliberately belittle or embarrass someone really irk me. The people I admire most are the ones who find something good about even the most undesirable individual. That was a quality my mother had, the one I hope most to emulate."

  • "I have a fear of gravity. Recently my whole family went to Belize. We had several adventures. We tubed a river through miles of cave, wearing head lamps so we'd have illumination. No problem. I scaled Mayan ruins. I rode horseback (on a monster named Al Capone) through the rain forest. No problem. But I couldn't zip line. Even though my five-year-old grandsons did it with glee, I just couldn't make that leap."

  • "I and my husband are huge fans of Jeopardy! We never miss it if we can help it. Does that make us complete dorks?"

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      1. Also Known As:
        Laura Jordan, Rachel Ryan and Erin St. Claire
      2. Hometown:
        Arlington, TX
      1. Date of Birth:
        March 12, 1948
      2. Place of Birth:
        Waco, Texas
      1. Education:
        Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Texas Christian University, 2008
      2. Website:

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 21, 2003

      GREAT BOOK!!!!

      this book was so good i couldnt put it down. I have read a lot of Sandra Brown novels and I have to say this is one of her better ones. Though I would have liked to know that this was the prequel to Adam's Fall. This is the second book of hers that i have discovered was the first after I read the second.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 16, 2000

      If only men like that lived next door to me!

      This book was hilarious! I laughed at inappropriate moments but i totally loved it. If only men like that lived next door to me i wouldn't mind. Gorgeous and sexy this next door hunk compliments the heroine well.

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