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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; First edition (February 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060598751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060598754
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bestselling author Janet Evanovich is the winner of the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Award and multiple Romantic Times awards, including Lifetime Achievement. She is also a long-standing member of RWA.

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When Berry, a young, unpredictable divorcée and pizza-parlor owner, finds three elderly woman living in the train station, she hires them as delivery drivers. She doesn't expect to find herself living with them, but she didn't expect to live with the strays she rescued either. Soon the ladies start baking, and Berry remains the sole delivery driver. C.J. Critt's polished performance captures Berry's spontaneity with authenticity--from scampering up a tree to rescue a frightened kitten (pizza box in hand) to peeping in a "scrumptious hunk's" bedroom window. Critt also captures the hunk himself, whose name turns out to be Jake. Fans of Evanovich are in for a treat with C.J. Critt's masterful performance of this pre-Stephanie Plum romantic comedy. G.D.W. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O'Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.

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Didn't like the ending.
Diana K. Landmann
A very good read, good characters, and a fun plot... Definitely worth the read..
It is a fun and easy book to read.

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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By she reads on February 24, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I read the exerpt of this book I got really excited. The first chapter is gold! He's a wealthy inventor, she's a struggling pizza place owner and going back to school for her degree. That's the premise for this, the latest re-released Janet Evanovich romance novel.

Let me start by saying I adore Janet's works, and have really enjoyed most all of the re-released (pre-plum) romances that she put out. This one is OK, and being such a fan I had to go and read it, but it's not all that great.

First off, our hero is instantly smitten to the point of thinking marriage. Secondly, our heroine is really focused on goals but for no particular reason other than having them. She doesn't want love because she's so focused on getting her college degree- but she has no real plan once she gets it. At the same time, perhaps due to space constraints, some of the things that the hero does seem borderline creepy and unbelieveable for a near stranger. I'm cutting this some slack though- it's only 246 pages it's understandable that a lot of character and plot development is not what it could be.

The bright spots are the usual J.E. humor and the three old ladies who live with Berry (heroine). I'd say if you're a major Evanovich fan you'll want to read this, otherwise skip it.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jana L. Perskie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 1, 2005
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Long before author Janet Evanovich turned Stephanie Plum, bounty hunter extraordinaire, loose on the citizens of Trenton, NJ, she wrote 12 short romance novels, all screwball comedies with happy endings, some involving just a tad of mystery for extra spice. These small treats, (like a piece of good chocolate, they lift your spirits), were published by the Loveswept line between the years 1988 and 1992. I have read and enjoyed almost all of them. It is also interesting, if you are an Evanovich fan, to read one of her early novelettes and compare it, her characters and her now famous humor, with her latest work. "The Grand Finale" is one of the weakest books in the series. It is a short, simple romance with minimal plot.

Lingonberry Knudsen, called Berry, is a young divorcee and pizza parlor owner with an extraordinarily kind heart. She recently advertised for a delivery boy but hired three homeless old woman instead. Two of them cannot drive, poor eyesight, and one has no sense of direction, so they're back at the pizzeria baking, while Berry is in an isolated part of town making deliveries after dark in her battered surplus army jeep. The three older ladies also moved in with Berry, who lives in a small space over the store. One can hardly expect Lingonberry to send them back to their old spot on the floor at the train station. As she approaches what seems to be a deserted house, she hears a kitten crying...or mewing. The tiny kitty cat is stuck up a tree. So up Berry climbs to the rescue, just in time to see the home owner, and prospective pizza owner, drive up in a perfectly restored Stutz Bearcat, enter the house, climb the stairs to his bedroom and proceed to undress - no shades - almost exactly at Berry's eye level.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Miss Jennifer R. Scott on July 11, 2009
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First let me say I am a new J.E. reader having just been introduced to Stephanie Plum -- the reason I mention that is I'm thinking the readers who were so disappointed perhaps have their standards a bit too high after reading the Plum series. That said, I am not a *huge* romance fan in general, but I picked this up simply because of her name being on it (OK, that and the cute kitty on the cover!). I had fun reading this. Yes, it is a little dated, a little light on plot, but it is still enjoyable. It is fast and funny, just perfect for a summer lawn-chair read. It is like a sweet "PG-rated" romantic comedy film in book form. A "popcorn" book, I guess. Who doesn't like one of those as a guilty pleasure now and again? I sure do!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Schneider on March 9, 2009
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I'm a big Janet Evanovich fan. I like her short romance novels as well. I read this one after coming off another very intense novel that required a lot of thinking. This book did not require any thinking, except maybe pondering how all this could ever be possible. My main problem with Janet's romance novels is the women. She has since written about some pretty strong and independent women, but the women in these books, including Lingonberry in this book, are all so easily swayed by these men who are total strangers.

These books are good for a little mindless brain candy. It will only take you a couple of hours to read. During that time, you can just forget about the real world, and live in Janet's crazy world where everybody has a crazy pet, a crazy old lady, and a crazy man who will fall in love with you after about 3 minutes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Red Rock Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 18, 2009
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If you need a break from all those depressing books with "messages" or the grisly murder mysteries with a gallon of blood on every page and just want a bit of "fluff" to pass a few hours and give you a couple of chuckles then THE GRAND FINALE by Janet Evanovich might be just what the doctor ordered.

No Stephanie Plum in this tale. Instead, this story of a quirky divorcee who owns a pizza joint, attends college, rescues little old ladies living in bus stations and rates an above average in the klutz department is sure to provide a chuckle or two as well as some pretty HOT love scenes.

Berry Knudson is the gal with a genuine talent for calamity and while delivering a pizza she comes upon sexy hunk Jack Sawyer. This chance meeting is a bit unorthodox since it occurs when Berry accidently sees him undressing from her perfect perch in the branches of a tree. (Why she was up in the tree and what happens after she comes crashing into Jacks life is the basis for the story......and it's a hoot).

The Keystone Cops mis-adventures of Berry and Jack.......and their three little old ladies is an easy read that will keep you wondering what will happen next to this disaster prone group. This tome is guaranteed to give you a few laugh out loud moments as well as love scenes that promise long dreamy sighs. This is DEFINITELY a fantasy novel.
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