Daisy's Back in Town

Daisy's Back in Town

by Rachel Gibson

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ISBN-13: 9780060009250
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/27/2004
Series: Lovett, Texas Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 872,641
Product dimensions: 6.74(w) x 4.08(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

Rachel Gibson began her fiction career at age sixteen, when she ran her car into the side of a hill, retrieved the bumper, and drove to a parking lot, where she strategically scattered the car’s broken glass all about. She told her parents she’d been the victim of a hit-and-run and they believed her. She’s been making up stories ever since, although she gets paid better for them nowadays.

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Daisy's Back in Town

Chapter One

Heat waves drifted across the concrete as the '63 Thunderbird slid from the shadow of the garage. Her big V8 and Holley two-barrels purred like a satisfied woman, all warm and sexy and throaty. The hot Texas sun made a hundred little bursts of light within her wire wheels, slid along the chrome fins, and poured over the glistening black paint. The owner watched as she rolled toward him, and he smiled in appreciation. Several months ago, the Sports Roadster had been little more than a home for mice. Now fully restored to her former glory, she was dazzling -- a reminder of a time when Detroit had been more interested in cracking sixty in eight seconds than miles per gallon, safety features, or where to put the cup holder.

Jackson Lamott Parrish sat within the red leather interior of the big T-Bird, one wrist hanging over the red steering wheel. The light caught in his thick brown hair, and fine lines creased the corners of his green eyes as he lowered his lids against the blinding sun. He revved the big engine one last time, took his hand from the steering wheel, and shoved her into park. He swung the door open, and the sole of his cowboy boot hit the pavement. In one smooth motion, he stood and the owner of the restored Roadster stepped forward and handed him a check. Jack glanced at it, noted that all the zeros were in the right places, then folded it in half. He slipped it into the breast pocket of his white dress shirt.

"Enjoy," he said, then turned and walked into the shop. He moved passed a nineteen-seventy 'Cuda 440-6, its huge Hemi engine suspended from a cherry picker. Over the sounds of air compressors and power tools, Jack's younger brother, Billy, called out to a mechanic beneath a '59 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer.

The space just vacated by the T-bird would be filled the next day with a nineteen-fifty-four Corvette. The sports classic had been found in a dilapidated garage in Southern California, and Jack had flown out three days ago to take a look at it. When he discovered it had only forty thousand original miles and all the numbers matched, he bought it for eight grand on the spot. Once fully restored, the 'Vette would bring ten times that. When it came to restoring vintage cars, Parrish American Classics was the best. Everyone knew it.

Ground-pounding, ear-assaulting muscle cars were in the Parrish boys' blood. Since they'd taken their first steps, Jack and Billy had worked in their daddy's garage. They'd yanked their first engine before either of them had grown their short-and-curlies. They could tell a 260 V8 from a 289 with their eyes closed and could rebuild fuel injectors in their sleep. Proud native sons of Lovett, Texas, population nineteen thousand three, the Parrish boys had grown up loving football, cold beer, and tearing up asphalt on the flat open roads -- usually while some big-haired, loose-moraled female repaired her lipstick in the rearview mirror.

The boys had been raised in a small three-bedroom house behind the garage. The original shop was gone now. Torn down and replaced by a bigger, more modern space with eight bays. The yard behind the garage had been cleaned up. The old cars and junked parts had been towed away long ago.

The house was the same, though. Same roses their mama had planted, same patches of dirt and grass beneath the towering elm. Same concrete porch and the same screen door that needed a good dose of WD40. The house had just been given a fresh coat of paint, inside and out. The same white color as before. The only real difference was that Jack now lived there alone.

Seven years ago, Billy had married Rhonda Valencia and had happily given up his wild ways for domestic bliss. As far as anyone in town could recall, Jack had never been tempted to give up his wild ways. As far as they knew, he'd never met a woman who'd made him want a one-on-one. Aforever.

But they didn't know everything.

Jack made his way to his office at the rear of the garage and closed the door. He stuck the check in a desk drawer and pulled out his chair. Before he'd purchased the '54 Corvette, he'd searched out her history then flown to California to inspect her to make sure there wasn't any serious damage to the structural integrity of the car. Searching the history of a vehicle, finding replacement parts, and restoring it, compelled him and kept at him until the vehicle was once again perfect. Fixed. Better. Whole.

Penny Kribs, Jack's secretary, walked into his office and handed him the day's mail. "I'm leaving to get my hair done," she reminded him.

Jack looked up at the wispy black pile on top of Penny's head. He'd gone through all twelve years of school with Penny, and he'd played on the football team with her husband, Leon.

He rose and set the mail on his desk. "You goin' to get yourself beautiful for me?"

She had rings on just about every finger and long pink nails that curled like claws. He'd often wondered how she typed without hitting extra keys or managed to put on all that mascara without poking out an eye. He didn't even want to think about her wrapping her hand around Leon's johnson. The thought sent a shiver down his backside.

"Of course," she said through a smile. "You know you've always been my first love."

Yeah, he knew. In the third grade, Penny'd told him she loved him then she'd kicked him in the shin with her black patent leather shoes ...

Daisy's Back in Town. Copyright © by Rachel Gibson. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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frosty1 More than 1 year ago
This wasn't my favorite book of Rachel's. I guess my biggest problem is that Jackson was hurt in the worst way, the love of his life married his best friend, while she was pregnant with his kid. Comes back to town to tell him about the kid 15 years later, after the husband is passed, and Jackson is mad at first, but comes around to terms with it, and pretty easily too. I just didn't buy in to that. I thought some of the story was a little redundant and over written, and the characters weren't all the believable. That being said, I am actually looking forward to the second book in this series, and hoping that since some time has passed, the kinks have been worked out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want great rachel gibson read the chinook series . This nook pales in comparison.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poor Jack. Daisy broke his heart right after his parents were killed, then comes back & breaks his heart again 15 years later. Daisy is a very selfish character. Everything she's ever done was in her own interest & she covered it up by saying she thought it was the right thing to do. For her maybe. Then tells Jack that they can't be together till he "lets it go". How awful, when she's the one who kept his child from him for 15 years. Her coming bakt to Taxas to tell him was for her to "make things right", so she felt better, not considering how Jack would feel having missed out on his sons life for the first 15 years. I wish the author would have wrote Daisy with a more feelings & a little more remourse for all the pain she inflicted on Jack.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love all of the books Rachel Gibson has written except this one. I was looking forward to her funny characters and plot twists when I bought Daisy's Back in Town and this book really just did not deliver. It may be that I was uncomfortable with the Daisy/Jack/Steven love triangle or that I just found the book sad and depressing but I really did not enjoy this book. I would advise you to check it out from your library and read it before you decide to buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Gibson's other books. I have read every one I could get ahold of but this one disappoints. I found Steven and Daisy's actions to be almost cruel. This book was just sad, never witty or funny. Read one of her other great books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was not at all in the same caliber as Rachel Gibson's other novels. To me, the characters were extremely unflattering and stereotypical of small-town southerners: a bunch of brawlin' bubbas with raunchy language and low morals. The only reason I was hoping the main characters got together is because no one else deserved the misfortune of being paired with them. Definitely not her best work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I bought this book I really though I was going to injoy it, just like all her other books. I thought that It was going to be funny and heart warming, like she always brings in her books. But i found that this book annoyed me more than it made me want to re-read it. The character Daisy wasn't the smartass female that is always in Rachel Gibsons books. She was whiney and needy. The character Jackson may be hot, but made you wonder when he will grow up. I didn't laugh in this book. Usally rachel has me cracking up by her funny dialoge, but this one made me wonder if the hurtful things that happen in the story would ever end.It made you want to tell off the hero and tell the heroine to stop acting like everyone should feel sorry for her. in the story, it made me think of Daisy as the spoiled girl who got every thing she wanted but really didn't deserve it. That sounded mean, but It's what came across at the end for me. but even though I didn't like the book I love all her others. Her recent one's made up for this one. which makes me keep waiting and wanting to buy her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this book when i was 18. I thought it was sweet and romantic (again i was 18 lol). Now as a parent I find this book very unrealistic. I mean Daisy did the worst thing to Jackson ever and in a matter of a week he forgives her??? Yeah I think not. Other than that aspect I loved everything about the book. The conversations with the characters were great-especially Daisy's momma amd her endless story telling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I could really believe the characters. Jackson finally realized that Daisy wasn't fully at fault for everything. He also realized he only had so much time before Daisy and Nathan left. I am a big fan of Rachel's and I enjoyed this book like I have the Chinook hockey series! Thanks Rachel for giving us a little different perspective!!
lilcajungirl84 More than 1 year ago
This was actually the first book by Rachel Gibson that I ever read. It was passed on to me by a cousin and her mom who both read and loved it. I enjoyed the book very much. It was then passed on to a few more people to read. It was so great that I eventually started collecting her books and reading all of what she had to offer. I now have her whole collection and am patiently waiting for the next one. I loaned the book out to someone and lost track of it, so I recently re-purchased it just so I would have it in my collection to re-read it at a later time. I definately recommend reading this book!!!!!
curlyloulou More than 1 year ago
I had only read this book once and thought it would be good to read again. I like the characters but I kind of get the ick when I find that she has kept a son for 15 years without telling the real dad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first Rachel Gibson book and absolutely fell in love with the story and characters. Lots of chemistry between Daisy & Jackson. I wish the story would never have ended.I now have read 4 other of her books and recommend them all to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is really a quick good read, I loved the passion they had/have for each other. The flashback of the book was wonderful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read all of Rachel Gibson's books and I love them all. This book grabbed me from the begining and didn't let go until the last page! I loved all of the characters, and the story - I'll admit it - had me shed a tear or two. This is definately a recommended read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Too country for my taste. I wasn't at all attracted to Jackson, and that pulled me out of most of the book. I found myself skimming for Gibson's famous sex-scenes instead of connecting to the characters emotionally. I didn't like the plot, I didn't see the justification in Daisy's leaving in the first place and was angry at her for hiding her secret for so long. Jackson's quick forgiveness was not justified either. While this plot is similar to 'Simply Irresistable,' (and I enjoyed that one) this one didn't do it for me....but again, teh love-scenes made it worth reading...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book of her's that I have read and I was impressed. The cover caught my eye in the store and I was not let down. The bright and lively cover went right along with the lively dialog. I loved the chemistry between Daisy and the man she left heartbroken years before. There was also the added tension that Daisy's secret brought to the book. I was drawn into the characters lives and it felt like I was home. The small town in Texas was a perfect setting for the story. Gibson's writing was catchy and snappy. Her dialog isn't the same overly used words that other romance writers tend to use. She has a way with words that makes it seem like it would actually be said.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Daisy¿s Back In Town by Rachel Gibson is a hilarious, sexy gem of a book. Daisy Lee Monroe is back in Lovett, Texas hoping to right a wrong from 15 years ago. She left town, married another man but now wants to come clean to Jackson Parrish. Jack wants nothing to do with Daisy and her reasons for being in town. Daisy Lee Brooks had ripped his heart out by marrying his best friend, Steven Monroe. Steven has passed away seven months ago and its taken Daisy time to get up the nerve to talk to Jack. Besides stirring anger in Jack, Daisy stirs up a passion he thought was long gone. Daisy becomes a sore in his side, showing up wherever he happens to be. Before they can have their talk, their passion explodes. When Jack learns what happened all those years ago and what was kept from him, he has a hard time letting go of his anger. But neither planned on their attraction to each other to be so strong. Jack and Daisy have to learn to let go of the past, to see if they have a future. Rachel Gibson has written another wonderful book, it has snappy dialogue, steamy passion and conflicts that will touch you deeply.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to agree with the other critics that this latest Gibson was a disappointing read when compared to her previous titles. I did not find the dialogue between the main characters to be clever, amusing, funny, or touching as the cover suggests. Rather I found it to be caustic, biting, angry, and hurtful. Daisy's feelings of guilt and regret cause her to follow Jack around like a lovesick puppy, waiting for the scraps of his forgiveness. Jack's feelings of betrayal cause him to repeatedly abuse the feelings of the only woman he claims he has ever loved. Isn't Daisy due a little righteous anger herself because Jack let her down 15 years ago? Shouldn't Jack accept some of the blame himself for creating a situation that resulted in his best friend coming to the rescue of the girl Jack had discarded? If these characters have matured into responsible and wiser adults who have suffered love and loss, why do they continue to act like immature teenagers? I think the most sensible and admirable character in the whole book is 15 year old Nathan, who could conceivibly be the character feeling the most uncertain and insecure after having lost the father who raised him, but instead comes across as a self assured and untroubled young man, taking in stride the whole convaluted situation. I would have liked to see these characters resolve their conflicts together and develop a more substantial foundation for the future of their relationship rather than the abrupt, kiss-it-and-make-it-all-better ending that the readers were given as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jack and Daisy had amazing chemistry. I throughly enjoyed this book. I'm sorry others were disappointed but that certainly wasn't my experience. I laughed out loud so many times my husband finally said, 'What's so funny in that book!' It has great characters, Daisy's mother and sister were a hoot!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't let the other reviews discourage you from reading this book--it delivers. Mrs. Gibson has a gift for making the reader feel what her characters are feeling, something many authors miss the mark on. I've read every one of her books, some over and over, and this one goes right up on my keeper shelft along with the others. Keep 'em coming.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a big fan of Rachel Gibson, I can't recommend this book. It wasn't funny or quirky or very romantic, as her other books are. It was sappy, beige and whiney. I was so disappointed! It was like buying a ticket to see Meg Ryan in Sleepless in Seattle, but the theater shows her movie In the Cut instead! If you have never read any of her books, I suggest reading See Jane Score or Truly, Madly Yours. They showcase Gibson's talent for romantic comedy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's been fifteen years since Daisy moved up North, leaving behind Texas and Jack. She took a big secret with her, as well as his heart, though he'd never admit it. She'd betrayed him by marrying their mutual best friend. But now, Stephen is dead, and it's time for Daisy to face the truth. At first, she thinks nothing has changed; that Jack is still bedding women and breaking hearts. ....................... The anger flying between them everytime they are within shouting distance is just a mask for the reality that's always been there. Jack and Daisy are in love, but when he learns how much she's kept back from him, he may not be able to forgive her. ................. *** Small town hijinks create laughter to mingle with the tears. The truth is that those you love are the only ones who can really hurt you, and that's something Jack and Daisy have to get past. Intertwined is the amusing back story of Daisy's sister, Lily, and how she deals with a cheating man. Ms Gibson knows Texas women. Funny, caring, and passionate, you will enjoy this book. ***
Guest More than 1 year ago
After See Jane Score I couldn't wait for this book to come out. I've found that when Rachel Gibson is good she's one of the best, but this book is not one of those times. It started off really good but I quickly lost interest in it. I didn't really find the characters to be very likeable. This author seems to write one really good book and then follow it up with an okay book. True Confessions was great, but then Lola Carlyle was not. Same thing here See Jane Score was great but Daisy's baack in town was not. I guess this means her next book will be great!
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Although not my favorite of Gibson's books, this is a fun story to pass an afternoon with.
Jaitai16 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I have now read five of Rachel Gibson's books and I have not found one I didn't like. They are light, fast reads with enough sexual tension to keep the readers intrested. The more books of her that I read the more I realize that the characters especially the males are basically the same man. They speak the same they think the same they act the same.I like them but a little variation wouldn't hurt. As for the plot. I found it well developed and Jack's reaction to learning he had a fifteen year old son totally realistic. In some books the characters just end up in love in this book the reader can see the love of these two people in thier actions. I would recommend any of her books especially Tangled Up in You.