Plain Jane

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Back in college, Jane Lewis would have given anything to be like homecoming queen Connie Bryan. Instead, she was just Plain Jane - overweight, frumpy and painfully shy. That was then. Today, a lovely and confident Dr. Jane Lewis has a thriving psychotherapy practice, her own radio talk show, a beautiful old Louisiana mansion, and her affectionate, nutty dog, Olive, to keep her company. The only thing missing is someone to share her life.

Jane has never forgotten Michael ...

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Overview

Back in college, Jane Lewis would have given anything to be like homecoming queen Connie Bryan. Instead, she was just Plain Jane - overweight, frumpy and painfully shy. That was then. Today, a lovely and confident Dr. Jane Lewis has a thriving psychotherapy practice, her own radio talk show, a beautiful old Louisiana mansion, and her affectionate, nutty dog, Olive, to keep her company. The only thing missing is someone to share her life.

Jane has never forgotten Michael Sorenson, the boy she had admired from afar in college. Now, he's inspiring her to hope for a future together. She's also never forgotten the brutal, unsolved attack that ended Connie Bryan's life - and that haunts her still. Suddenly, the present collides with the past, as Jane finds clues into the identities of Connie's attackers - clues that send her into a world of risk and excitement, challenging her to become a truly extraordinary woman . . . if she dares.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Michaels delivers another corker with her latest romantic suspense story. Fat, frumpy Jane was an ugly duckling in school, but today she is confident, stylish, and thin Dr. Jane Lewis with a thriving psychotherapy practice and a radio talk show. She is renovating a haunted Louisiana mansion and is rapidly becoming involved with a man upon whom she had a crush in college. She has a great dog named Olive and two crazy godparents who write suspense novels and don't need their Viagra. In fact, her life would be pretty swell if she could just put two things behind her: she believes her mother did not love her and in college she witnessed a brutal rape. How Michaels unravels these tangled knots makes for a riveting listening experience, and Laural Merlington turns in another expert performance. When Jane is finally able to solve all of her problems, the listener will heave a sigh of relief. Highly recommended where stylish suspense circulates. Barbara Perkins, Irving P.L., TX Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Another formula romance from ever-popular Michaels (What You Wish For, 2000, etc.), this time featuring a talk-show psychologist and the men who wronged her college chum. Dr. Jane Lewis is lovely, self-assured, successful, and popular-the exact opposite of the plump, shy frump she used to be. Her radio call-in show boasts thousands of listeners, and she sees patients privately as well. One case particularly troubles her: a man who blames his wife for the rape that shattered their marriage. Jane can't help remembering her friend Connie Bryan, homecoming queen at Louisiana State and fiancée of the football team's star quarterback, Todd Prentice. Connie was waylaid and gang-raped by four unknown men (who spurned the unattractive Jane), then killed herself when Todd broke off their engagement. Connie had sworn her friend to secrecy, not even telling her own parents of the rape before she committed suicide. Jane is now determined to find out more, and she does so with the help of another psychologist, hunky Dr. Michael Sorenson, her erstwhile high-school crush. The pair host Jane's show together and rekindle their long-ago romance as she begins investigating the circumstances of Connie's rape and subsequent death. Jane also grapples with her mixed feelings about her own looks, reaching the departed spirit of her cold-hearted beauty-queen mother through a resident ghost. (Mom finally apologizes!) Michael and Jane eventually figure everything out, of course. Aided by a crack team of K-9 dogs, Jane corrals the likely suspects and reveals that she has kept Connie's semen-stained clothing in a bag for all these years, somehow knowing that DNA testing would incriminatesomeoneeventually. The rapists get their just deserts-and Jane gets Michael. Not exactly the first time this author has featured noble dogs, convenient ghosts, and plucky gals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821769270
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 337,570
  • Product dimensions: 6.84 (w) x 4.16 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Fern Michaels
FERN MICHAELS is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood series, Mr. and Miss Anonymous, Up Close and Personal, 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 apassionate 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.

Biography

Born Mary Ruth Kuczkir in Hastings, Pennsylvania, Fern Michaels was married and the mother of five before she embarked on her long, successful writing career – a career that began with something midway between a challenge and a command. When her youngest child went off to kindergarten, Michaels's husband imperiously ordered her (in just so many words) to get off her ass and get a job. Long years in the domestic trenches had left her short on marketable skills, so she decided trade off her lifelong love of reading and write a book. Just like that. The domineering, unsupportive husband is history. And Michaels has gone on to pen bestselling romance after bestselling romance. Just like that..

With typical modesty, Michaels does not claim to be a great writer; however, she admits proudly to being a born storyteller. Her bulging bookshelf proves she is all over the map, producing with equal facility hot historicals, lighthearted contemporary capers, adrenaline-laced thrillers, and heartwarming tales of family and friendship. She is especially adept at writing stories about women who prevail in hard times – a reflection, perhaps, of her own struggles in her marriage and early career.

Raised to believe that the fortunate in life have an obligation to give back, Michaels devotes a lot of time to philanthropic concerns. She has established a foundation that grants four-year scholarships to needy students and has set up pre-schools and daycare centers for single mothers. She is also an avid animal lover and has been known to own as many as five dogs at a time.

In 1993, Michaels picked up stakes and moved from her home in New Jersey to a 300-year-old plantation house in Charleston, South Carolina. She and the dogs share the house amicably with a friendly ghost whom Fern has dubbed Mary Margaret. In addition to stopping clocks and moving pillows from room to room, Mary Margaret has been known to occasionally leave flowers on Michaels's nightstand!

Good To Know

Michaels confesses in our interview: "I'm a junk food junkie and a chocoholic. My desk drawers have more junk food in them than paper and pens. I chomp and chew all day long. At night I get up and eat Marshmallow Fluff right out of the jar. In between eating, I write."

Her first "sort of, kind of job" was in market research. Michaels recounts the gig's low-point in our interview: "I had a partner and we were testing a new pressurized drain cleaner. All you had to do was put this can in the drain, squeeze and supposedly the drain would open right up. It did, all right.

"The whole wall collapsed, and stuff that was in there for a hundred years flew everywhere. The lady didn't tell us the drain backed up to her kitchen drain and disposal. The company didn't care that we smelled like a sewer or that our clothes were ruined. The lady got a new bathroom, and we both got fired."

Michaels reveals some of her sources of inspiration: "Inspiration comes from everywhere. The title for Finders Keepers came from a cartoon with two chipmunks that my grandson was watching. I had a title but no story. I finally came up with one to fit that wonderful title.

"Names for characters sometime come from television. I had a character named Metaxis which is odd to begin with. There is a news anchor on T.V. who has that same last name. Sometimes it will just be a word someone says in passing, something I read or saw. There's no rhyme or reason to it. It's almost like, okay, I need something here, stay alert and it will happen."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Kuczkir
    2. Hometown:
      Summerville, South Carolina
    1. Education:
      High School

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Exciting tale

    In 1988 PLAIN JANE Lewis is a senior taking her last finals at the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. While the overweight Jane walks back to her dorm at night with a new acquaintance, Homecoming Queen Connie Bryan, five guys and one more on the outside attack them. The five participating animals gang rape Connie. None of the males would do more than hold ¿Miss Piggy¿ Jane so she would not interfere. Afterward, Connie insists that Jane tell no one including the police. Connie refuses to inform her fiancé because he will believe it to be her fault. Two days before graduation, Connie kills herself. <P> Twelve years later Jane practices psychiatry in Rayne, Louisiana. Never quite forgiving herself for remaining silent, the guilt inside Jane bursts into the open when she suspects one of her patients partook in the rape of Connie. Jane turns to her dog Olive for psychological listening help without the feedback bark and to her peer Dr. Michael Sorenson who she has loved even back in high school. Jane realizes she needs closure and with the help of her godparents begins investigating the rape that led to Connie¿s suicide. <P> PLAIN JANE is the usual scintillating Fern Michaels tale as the story line contains a very interesting series of subplots that tie together like a string of dominoes into a main theme. The tale is entertaining for fans will who will appreciate Jane¿s discussions with Dr. Olive and Michael. Though quite formulaic, the best selling Ms. Michaels appears ready to return to all the lists. <P>Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Loved it

    I at first thought that I wouldnt like this book... The start was dull but by the middle of the book I couldnt put it down. I enjoyed this book alot!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    borinng Boring

    A slow read, hard to stay with it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Jason

    Hellobes.... wanna have some fun?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Captive

    I had such a hard time putting down this book! Just like all of her other books,Fern Michaels captures you and you are right there with the characters in the book. keep bringing them on!,,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Wow

    Great read Fast read First Fern Michaels book Ive read going to find another Couldn't put it down Wish me luck that I eill b able to find another great read Sny suggestions? THANKS !,

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

    judy1942

    I loved this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2007

    A reviewer

    I did enjoy this book, to a point, but, everyother page some one is crying, doesn't matter if it is male or female..............They are either crying or tears welled up in their eyes. Enough tears!! all in all though it was worth the read

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2007

    It Seemed To Go On Forever...

    Was glad to be done with this book. I've read 2 other Fern Michael's and enjoyed them. This storyline was silly, confusing, far-fetched and unbelievable. I expected Olive to catch the bouquet and the dogs all seemed to be more from the Twilight Zone than real life dogs could ever be. The characters just plain got on my nerves and all seemed very odd. The ghostly touch was very weird and I never did quite get the point of the rape and the suicides. Not one I would recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2006

    Very poor

    This book was one of the worst I have ever read. The characters were old, ones that have been done over and over again. The heroine came across as stupid. The author tried to spice up the plot by adding a supernatural element, but that only worsened the storyline. The story was forced and had too many side plots going on. The side plots didn't enhance the story as they should. They drew away from the story itself and the main plotline needed all the help it could get.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2006

    Excellent book!

    I loved the people in this book. Especially the dog lovers portion and strange way the love came about. Everyone in this book was funny, loving and caring, there were a few exceptions about the funny. Fern Michaels is a great writer. I read the reviews before I got the book thought I would be dissapointed but I wasn't. Couldn't wait to get back to it. Eddie R

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2003

    Silly

    About halfway through the book, I started to wonder if Fern Michaels was smokin' some weed when she wrote this. This was my 2nd Fern Michaels; the first was Dear Emily (another goofey book). I think I'm soured enough that I won't be buying anymore of this author.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2003

    LV an avid reader

    Disappointed is the only word that I can use to describe this book. This is the 2nd Fern Michaels book I read, the 1st was great (trading places), this book however makes no sense, it's a hard plot to follow between the ghosts (literally), the ghost of the past and the dogs who are almost human. I will definetely give second thoughts to any other Fern Michaels books after this fiasco...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2003

    Nonsensical

    Fiction is supposed to distract us from every day life, but what was contained inside these pages sounds as though it comes from a parallel universe, and if I recall, it wasn't listed as fantasy or science fiction. The characters are unlikely to say the least. The the dogs are so personified, they may as well just stand on their hind legs and talk like everyone else. I don't even want to get started on the supernatural element, because I'm supposed to limit my words.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2002

    Don't bother!

    The only reason I read to the end of this book is because I felt obligated to finish something I had started! The author explains every detail of what each character says as if the reader is an idiot! I've never read any other of Fern Michael's books, and I do not plan to in the future if they are at all like this one! How a reader could give her more than one star for this is beyond me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2002

    Very interesting plot line ....

    Although this was at times confusing, with the secondary story line of the dog-training , this was a very interesting novel . It focused on the past and its sometimes mysterious effect on one's present and future. An educational look into the life of a female rape victim , her friends, and 'sisters' in the world of violent encounters. A good book , my first by this author.

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