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Family Man Hardcover – Large Print, April, 1993


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 532 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Pr (April 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560546042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560546047
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,696,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

As personal assistant to octogenarian matriarch Justine Gilchrist, Katy Wade has spent years sorting out Gilchrist family problems; but now she pulls off a minor miracle: she persuades Justine's grandson Luke, a talented restaurant consultant who has no use for his relatives, to rescue the family's restaurant chain from its financial decline. After nosing around, Luke claims that the business is being sabotaged from within. Meanwhile some of the Gilchrists suspect that he'll destroy the company to gain revenge: his father was disinherited by Justine when he left at the altar the bride she had handpicked (the woman who became Katy's mother). In fact, Luke plots only to win Katy, which is not easy, given that the young woman wants out of her job and away from everyone named Gilchrist. In her own saucy, upbeat style, Krentz (Sweet Fortune) turns this eccentric family and pair of mismatched lovers (so everyone tells them) into an entertaining story. Krentz is even confident enough to question the genre rules she plays by so well, as when Katy walks out on Luke during a passionate love scene, saying, There's no call to get surly. You started this. Her fans will eat it up.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jayne Ann Krentz's acclaimed New York Times bestsellers include Light in Shadow, Smoke in Mirrors, Lost and Found, Soft Focus, Eye of the Beholder, Flash, and Grand Passion. She writes contemporary romantic suspense novels under her own name, futuristic novels as Jayne Castle (also available from Pocket Books), and historical romance novels under the pseudonym Amanda Quick. She lives in Seattle. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

More About the Author

The author of over 50 New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 35 million copies of her books in print.

Customer Reviews

One of Jayne Ann Krentz's best.
Victoria Muehlberger
I read the paperback so many times the pages are coming out so I bought it on my kindle.
L. T. Dumas
Fabulous story, great plot and pacing and hilarious and wonderful characters.
Beverly Nichol

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 11, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jayne Ann stopped surprising us a long time again for two reasons. First, she delivers time and again some of the most enchanting books in romance. I appreciate she has never forgotten her romance roots as some of the others that have moved from romance paperback to mainstream hardback do. Almost like they are ashamed of writing romance and want to write 'legit'. Shame on them! I get sick of writers that build their career off the very readers they turn around and seem to disdain. I think writing romance is one of the hardest things to do - it's not easy to work in a formula and deliver someone fresh and original. Secondly, she stopped surprising us because her book are like that well-worn baggy sweater that you have had for decades and always go to because it's so warm and fuzzy. JAK's books are warm and fuzzy.
We KNOW what we are going to get with small variations, but she weaves her magick spell and we adore it. For the most part, JAK's reprints of late and even a couple of her new ones, have been pains. The reprints are SO Dates they should be ashamed for reprinting and CHARGING NEW BOOK PRICE. They convince some readers the book is new, so everyone dashes out and buys them, only to get home and go OH NO!!!!
Well, this is a reprint, but from JAK at her best! This is from her middle period, where every book she cranked out was pure perfection. So if you have not read this, you will be delighted with it.
Jayne seems best when she is writing about dysfunctional families...so she is in full swing here. The Gilchrist family empire is failing and only one man can save it and when he is called "the bastard" by his own family, you know things are off to a rocky start. The Bastard....
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on March 14, 2003
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Katy Wade has a brother finishing high school. To support him, she has been the personal secretary to the Gilchrist family for almost a decade. At last she is ready to start her own business.
First she must lure Luke Gilchrist home to take over the Gilchrist empire. Not an easy task, since Luke holds a life long grudge against them. The Gilchrist empire will fall without him. Luke has the magic touch of how to make money. Once Katy lures Luke home to do his "family duty" she can get on with her own life.
Katy's attempts to bring Luke back succeeds more than anyone would have suspected. But Luke has plans of his own for this stubborn and loyal lady.
This is the BEST Modern Day Romance I have EVER read. A match of wits, love, and family loyalies. A wickedly wonderful tale.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roanne on December 10, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Family Man is a fiction book authored by Jayne Ann Krentz. This book is about two people, Katy and Luke, coming together to save a family business from embezzlement. Luke has been put aside from his family for three years over a dispute his father had with his grandmother, by not marrying Katy's mother 37 years before. Anyway, the partnership Gilchrist, Inc. is having trouble, because someone inside the family business is stealing money. Luke's grandmother Justine believes nobody can save the family business and is very frightened. She asks Katy, her personal assistant, if she could go and meet Luke and ask him to save the business. Katy sets off to meet Luke. He is a tough and sarcastic man who tells Katy that he will not help the family firm and that he has no responsibility to. Of course, he turns up at the firm and takes complete control of it. He and Katy are both attracted to each other and their relationship is a funny, but passionate one. Katy Wade has spent the last few years of her life looking after the Gilchrists, she acted as their guardian angel.
The head of family, Justine Gilchrist, has reached a time in her life when she wants to step down from the Gilchrist family supremacy that she had built many years before. However, she doesn't believe that anybody in her immediate family has the ability to take over and run the company as it should be. Her only hope is in convincing her disloyal grandson, Luke Gilchrist, to take over the company. Luke is not eager to become the new CEO. He says no to the thought unless Katy is willing to become his assistant and when she agrees, he decides that he will clear them out of their condition. Of course, it isn't just Katy that he wants, he also wants their number one restaurant as part of the deal. The family becomes overwhelmed.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ellen on March 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
I've had this book for the longest time but it's one of the only books that has left a lasting impression on me and I've re-read it many times and it's still good! It's Jayne Ann Krentz at her finest! Luke is sexy and so hot and he looks out for Katy and tries to protect her, which is so damn sweet! If you haven't read this book, go out and get it right now~!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tina Engler Keen on June 7, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is in my JAK top 3. It has all the necessary elements I look for whenever I buy anything penned by this author...witty dialogue, sexy script, humorous secondary characters, a strong hero determined to make the heroine his, & a stubborn, quirky heroine who isn't so sure she wants the hero to succeed. In effect, this is JAK at her best...a must-buy for any of her fans.
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