If The Devil Had A Wife [NOOK Book]

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Once upon a time. Happily ever after. Such are the classic promises of fairy tales. Yet in Texas we find a twist to the familiar storyline. There is still the battle of Good vs. Evil, a beautiful maiden, a wealthy suitor, a kingdom of riches and the wicked witch, but any similarity with Cinderella or Snow White ends there. With the help of her life partner and an attorney (always necessary in these modern times), Nelda Stark executes a devious plan that elevates fraud, theft, and grand larceny to a new high. A ...
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If The Devil Had A Wife

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Overview

Once upon a time. Happily ever after. Such are the classic promises of fairy tales. Yet in Texas we find a twist to the familiar storyline. There is still the battle of Good vs. Evil, a beautiful maiden, a wealthy suitor, a kingdom of riches and the wicked witch, but any similarity with Cinderella or Snow White ends there. With the help of her life partner and an attorney (always necessary in these modern times), Nelda Stark executes a devious plan that elevates fraud, theft, and grand larceny to a new high. A massive coverup reaches into the Texas Attorney General’s Office, stealing from both the family and the federal government.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011834738
  • Publisher: Roslyn Group LLC
  • Publication date: 10/2/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 362
  • Sales rank: 63,919
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Using Frank Mills as a pen name, this marks the first book for Rebecca Nugent, a 64-year old grandmother, who spent more than 35 years as a teacher, newspaper reporter, and community relations director in Texas. She received the Professional Achievement Award from the Texas School Public Relations Association and the Distinguished Service Award from the Highland Park High School Alumni Association. More than 300 programs and publications under her direction have won state, regional and national awards. A 1964 graduate of Lutcher Stark High School in Orange, she earned a B.S. in Journalism from Texas Woman's University and M.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Journalism, Education, Speech) at the University of North Texas.
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  • Posted April 17, 2011

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    When I picked up If the Devil Had a Wife, I thought, "Oh no, another book about how bad Texas people can be." As I began reading, I soon found that I was right, but not in a negative way. The book is one of those real life, tell all books that will hold your interest from beginning to end. The author, a descendant of H. J. Lutcher Stark, knows the subject through extensive research and interviews with family and friends. Her chronology of the family events is persuasive and well presented. The story of Lutcher Stark and his family contains romance, intrigue, drugs, greed and many other aspects of the life of the rich and famous. Lutcher Stark married the love of his life, Nita Hill. When Nita could not have children they adopted twins. After Nita's death, Lutcher married Ruby Childers who died about a year after their marriage. Then he married Nelda Childers, Ruby's sister. What followed is the gist of this book and how those events affected future generations of the Stark family. The details about the inner workings of the Stark Foundation provide revealing information about the educational and arts contributions the Foundation made to various institutions in southeast Texas and Louisiana. You will enjoy this book. It's a very good Stark family biography. I am not sure that all the family secrets have been unearthed, even after all of the research done by Starks' children and grandchildren. But I'll bet some of the ancestors in the Stark family turned over in their graves when their descendants destroyed their good intentions. The author writes under a pen name. She uses her father's birth name, Frank Mills. When Frank was adopted by Nita and Lutcher Stark, he was renamed Homer Stark. If the Devil Had a Wife is the winner of the 2011 NTBF Book Award in adult non-fiction.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2010

    Decades of Deception

    Adopted in 1923 to carry on the "family business," read how twin boys are "replaced" by the 3rd wife, her "close" friend and "loyal" employees. Hard to imagine, but true....

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2010

    Loved it!

    Great book! Very well written and full of supporting documentation. This author really did some research. Bravo!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2010

    Sensational

    Can not wait until Book TWO arrives...

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2012

    Great read -- even my boyfriend loved it!

    If you're looking for a real page turner that is even better on the second read, this is it. A true story so unreal you'll think it had to be fiction. Perfect for a movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

    Loved this book ... Of wrong being put right.....

    to take such a long time to put a wrong right.... Is very sad. Well done to all the Family.!!! The Stark Family.!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2011

    I grew up in the midst of this tale...

    Orange, Texas, a great place to be FROM. I went to school with several of the Stark grandkids and I have to say that they were all the best kind of people, kind, friendly, fun, and academically gifted. They were the kind of people you would want living in your community.

    Every time I drive into the Houston Medical Center and see the sign on the building for the "Nelda Stark School of Nursing," I want to toss my cookies. Why and how is there enough money in the world to name a nursing school after a serial murderer?

    This book details the history of this family and how so many of them were killed off with no questions asked. It's astonishing. All of my doctors (officing in Houston's Medical Ctr) are now reading it after I gave them a synopsis of the story. This is a page turner. Here's a clue: Tuck an index card or a piece of paper in the back for making a list and when anyone dies of unexplained or mysterious circumstances, add them to this list. I promise you this, YOU WILL BE SHOCKED.

    It is well researched, beautifully written, and certainly worth reading. There used to be bumper stickers that said, "If you don't own an oilwell, GET ONE!" After reading this, you'll want to print, "If you don't OWN a police department, BUY ONE!"

    Don't make any plans over the weekend or planning on making it to bed before the sun rises because you won't put it down. Have a good read. Truth is truly stranger than fiction.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Highly Recommended- Interesting, and true.

    A strange, but true story of a prominent Texas family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    Guciie

    One of the best books i have ever read!!!!! <3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2010

    You won't be able to put it down!!

    Ms. Nugent has written a story so spell-binding that you will not be able to stop reading until it's done...even then you will just be angry that you've finished. Can't wait for the sequel because I know there is much left unsaid. Sure to be a movie in the works too, a really good movie.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2010

    Seriously the worst book I have ever read

    This book was seriously the worst book I have ever read. Nothing but sour grapes from spoiled children who wanted to inherit money rather than work for living. Even after reading it, I do not have a clear picture of of who Nelda Stark was. Where was she born, who was her family, how did she meet the Starks and begin working for them? This book was filled with only innuendo and rumor. Don't waste your money.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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