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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (December 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060509465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060509460
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,376,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

FAKE: ont face=arial>Elizabeth Bevarly is an award-winning romance author with over a dozen books to her credit. Her novels have been translated into fourteen languages, and there are over three million copies of her books in print worldwide. Elizabeth lives with her husband and young son in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Elizabeth Bevarly is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of more than sixty works of contemporary romance. Her books have been published in two dozen languages and three dozen countries, totaling more than ten million copies in print worldwide. Although she can't remember wanting to be anything other than a writer, her career side trips before publication included stints as a salesclerk, waitress, bartender and editorial assistant. She has called home places as diverse as New Jersey and Puerto Rico, but now lives in her native Kentucky with her husband and son.

She is delighted to be offering some of her out-of-print works on Kindle and is looking forward to the publication of her first women's fiction title in trade paperback. THE HOUSE ON BUTTERFLY WAY will be published by Berkley Trade in February 2012. Visit her website at www.elizabethbevarly.com or, even better, "like" her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ElizabethBevarlyReaderPage.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Reviews of this book promised a light, humorous romance in the genre of Susan Elizabeth Phillips or Susan Anderson. Instead it is overwritten, with far too much exposition. I found myself desperate for a few lines of dialog, even when it was badly written and failed to advance the story. On the plus side, Bevarly is fairly adept with character creation; I liked Ramsey Sage. Claire, on the other hand, had little going for her, in my opinion. Basically, she's a phony. Front woman for a Martha Stewart-like TV show and magazine--the concept of her friend, Olive-- Claire seems to have no real skills and not much personality. I liked Olive a bit better but her situation was overblown; it was a little hard to believe anyone would seriously still be searching for this woman after 25 years. Her romance with the social worker had promise, I thought--as did he, whose story is touched on but never really developed--but it went nowhere. We are just told, at the end, what happened to them. Also, the baby who brought the couples together in the first place is largely overlooked except for being described as destructive beyond belief. I had to wonder how much experience the author actually has with children, since she insisted that a 13-month-old child could do all the damage the author assigns to her.
Bevarly has some skill as a writer but her over developed narrative and exposition bogs the story WAAAYYYYY down. About 100 pages in, I lost patience and skipped my way to the end.
Romance authors who manage to build a fanbase sell millions of books; why is it they suffer so from bad or absent editing? Publishers apparently believe the romance-novel audience either doesn't recognize bad writing or doesn't care about it. Wrong. We recognize it and we care about it. With a good editor, this book by Bevarly could have been much better--in this reader/writer's opinion.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 10, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love Elizabeth Bevarly's books and have given them great reviews in the past, but this one seems to be a parody of her style.
The story is lots of fun. The hero is wonderful. The problem is that she uses her style of interrupting introspection with cute little asides--well, you know what I mean. She does this far too often. Should have used a FIND and cut out at least half of them. All her novels are beginning to sound the same and that gets old after a while--and in this one, just too much.
One other problem is that three of her characters have a great deal of unpleasant baggage which Ms. Bevarly handles very well. Unfortunatley, she has to give the secondary male baggage, too. His problem is dropped into the end of the story and completely unneccessary. It would have been nice to have one normal person here.
If you haven't read Elizabeth Bevarly before, you'll enjoy this novel. It's just when you've read her most recent ones that you notice she's not fresh anymore.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Vest VINE VOICE on June 27, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Claire Willoughby is a lifestyle guru in the same vein as Martha Stewart. Except this guru is nothing more than a figurehead - in reality, she does not know how to cook and those great crafts are produced by her staff.

After her #1 fan is killed in a car accident, Claire discovers that she has "inherited" the woman's child. She knows less about children than she does about crafts, but she takes the kid in until the long-absent can be found.

Enter Ramsey Sage, 100% pure all-American beefcake. From the barb wire tattoo, tight jeans, Harley, and ripped t-shirts, he is not what Claire expected as the prospective guardian to this child. She is completely attracted to him, but decides to keep custody until Ramsey can prove that he is not a deadbeat. Ramsey tells her that he will do anything to get baby Annabel, even if it means getting closer to uptight Claire. But will he go as far as to divulge her secret? Turns out Ramsey has plenty of secrets of his own.

The story is cute, and has a little too much narrative. Although, the narrative and introspection can be downright hilarious at times, it can also be tedious and bog down the story. But it captured my attention and I loved the way that the characters in the end got exactly what they deserved. It is a really funny and quick read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Holt on May 26, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm a fan of Elizabeth Bevarly but this book was just not my cup of tea. I felt like the reviewer who couldn't finish it, except that once I've invested time, I hate to put a book aside. On the positive side, the hero (Ramsey Sage) I liked very much. (He's the typical, long-haired bad-boy). I was never invested at ALL in Claire (his love interest). She seemed kind of blah and milque-toast-y. The parallel love story between Claire's best friend, Olive and Davis Webster (a male social worker) also did NOT work for me at all, mostly because of the description of Webster. He dresses like a circus clown (in Hawaiian shirts and red high-top sneakers)--not my idea of a hottie, no matter how much his face is sculpted. Plus, the WHOLE ENTIRE BOOK is made up of one secret after another. Everyone is keeping a secret (some of which are too serious for light reading, like being in the witness protection program). I'm always concerned when I pick up a book and the reviews say something like, "Praise about (insert author's name", which this book did on the front cover. That's sort of the kiss of death--like she's a good writer, but this one is not good enough to say anything GOOD about. Anyway ... I still like her writing and will, no doubt, read her future offerings but this one really fell short for me.
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