Plain Jane

Plain Jane

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by Fern Michaels

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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,


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.

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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Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Summerville, South Carolina
Place of Birth:
Hastings, Pennsylvania
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Plain Jane 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
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I enjoyed reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A slow read, hard to stay with it
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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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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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judy1942 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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...
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.