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Fancy Pants Paperback – March 1, 2005

3.8 out of 5 stars 168 customer reviews
Book 1 of 7 in the Wynette, Texas Series

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LaVyrle Spencer Refreshingly original, witty and touching.

Elizabeth Lowell What the world needs is more books by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

Publishers Weekly This delectable confection offers unadulterated entertainment. Sleek romantic comedy.

From the Back Cover

THEY'RE CAVIAR AND BEER. KEROSENE ON FIRE. AND THEY'RE FALLING HEAD-OVER-HEELS IN LOVE....

She was the most beautiful British bauble in Europe's jet-set playgrounds. Now she's broke, furious, and limping down a backwoods road in an ugly pink Southern Belle gown....

He was tall, lean, and all-American gorgeous. He liked his brews cold and women loved to keep him warm. Why in hell is he stopping his car for this woebegone, surly Scarlett?

Meet Francesca Day and Dallie Beaudine, two incredible characters whose tangled love affair is at the heart of this ravishing New York Times bestseller from award-winning author Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Come enjoy the adventure of a lifetime -- an irresistible story that's touching, hilarious, and hellcat-passionate. You'll never forget Dallie and the sassy lady who needs a good swift kick in her...

Fancy Pants --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416505245
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416505242
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,321,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Suzanne B. Kelly on February 28, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Everyone knows SEP is a good writer, able to come up with interesting characters from wildly disparate backgrounds who somehow get together, but this book is not one of her greats. First off, it suffers what I consider an "80's disease" - a Sidney Sheldon/Judith Krentz - like obsession with designer names, foreign princes, descriptions of yachts, and lots of pre-AIDS catting around. Secondly, its characters are not all that endearing: our heroine is obsessed with looks, money, and success, and our hero is obsessed with bimbos and failure. He neglects to tell her he's married; she neglects to tell him she had his son. I had a hard time liking these people, wondering if it was worth the effort to sort through several relationships and lots of confusing flashbacks. I don't feel I'm giving away too much here--if you like SEP, you'll struggle through it anyway--I just wish someone had warned me what I was in for.
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In Fancy Pants, Susan Elizabeth Phillips introduces us to two excellent characters - the spoiled rich witch and the down-home down on his luck golfer. Unfortunately, I found it a real slog to actually get to where these two are introduced! I realize the necessity of a well-developed back story, but I felt rather smothered by it in this book. Sparks fly when Francesca and Dallie are together, but they're not together often enough or early enough. As always, Ms. Phillips' writes a thoughtful book, with lovely secondary characters, and vibrant leads. But I find her books erratic - "Nobody's Baby" had a delightful wit and charm which I missed in the sequel. Here, there seems a combination of humor and desperation! Perhaps I have become used to books requiring less involvement by the reader, but I would not recommend this book to a friend who had not read any of Ms. Phillips' work - start with "Nobody's Baby"!
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I did not like this story. Dallie was so insensitive and cruel. And he slept with hundreds of women and Francesca knew this but she STILL gives herself to him. SEP gave him all the advantages over her and she had none over him. The story was too one-sided. He treated her like dirt and she accepted it. I was so thrilled when she left him. Unfortunately the story did not end there. I kept hoping she'd never see or think of him again. Maybe bring in another love interest who was worthy of her and who could love her. But no. SEP apparently still had unrealistic hopes for Dallie being the love interest. The book had a lot of boring parts, too. Who cares about Dallie and Holly's romance? Why bother to tell their entire story? What is the point? I REALLY HATED that part of the story. Dallie did not deserve Francesca. He was so unfeeling toward her. I thought it very improbable that she could fall for him with the way he treated her. And then when she left him (for years) he never bothered to look for her...he hardly even thought of her. This does not redeem him at all in my mind. This does not convince me that he loves her or that his feelings might change. Of course, she pines for him and thinks about him often. How utterly pathetic. He didn't suffer when she was out of his life. Then all of a sudden their back in each other's company and they are in love? I don't think so. I didn't care about Dallie and I especially didn't see the point of rehashing his old romance with Holly. Maybe those two should've gotten back together since he thought more about her than about Francesca. I'll never read this story again and wish I'd never read for the first time.
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Based on the reviews, I saved this one for last of all SEP's available books because I had a feeling I wasn't going to like it. It turns out I was right. This is one of her earlier works, where it's confusing to determine the actual genre of her story, much like I had a problem with Glitter Baby and Hot Shot. When I realized that the next book by her includes Glitter Baby's daughter Meg and Teddy Beaudine, the offspring in this novel, I thought it would help to get the backstory.

Francesca Day was born amongst the british elite, rich, beautiful and spoiled. When her mother is killed in an accident, she finds that her mother was actually in debt and Francesca wanders aimlessly as a socialite taking advantage of any situation. At a party, she's convinced to go to America to do a part in a movie. She's told she'll be compensated when she gets there, but when she realizes, while out in the middle of nowhere, that the movie is a cheesy D rated vampire flick, she knows she's been bamboozled. She hightails it out of there wearing a southern belle costume, a suitcase of clothes, a cosmetic bag and absolutely no money. This is how Dallas "Dallie" Beadine first meets her.

Dallie is a second rate golfer with a lot of potential, but at every major tournament he plays, he always ends up choking. He hides his failure behind extremly good looks and careless humor. With his pentient for rescuing strays, he decides to help out Francesca and gives her a ride to the airport. With Francesca's haughty british attitude, and Dallie's devil may care attitude, they do not hit it off and things only get worse as they spend more time together. Francesca in her desperation clings to Dallie, they become lovers, and culminates to a separation when Francesa learns Dallie is actually married.
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