- Paperback: 306 pages
- Publisher: Mason Marshall Press; 2 edition (April 17, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1632470055
- ISBN-13: 978-1632470058
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
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Plain Shane Paperback – April 17, 2014
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About the Author
I was born and raised in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. I've spent most of my life in the area, except for brief stays in Las Vegas and Los Angeles in my early twenties. I'm married and have two grown children, a boy and a girl. I'm a very private person who'd much rather sit and talk with a friend over a cup of tea or a glass of wine than attend a big party. I have no desire to ever appear on any (un)reality or any other TV show although I might agree to appear on the Tonight Show if my book became a best seller and Leno personally called to ask me. Have I mentioned I have a very active imagination! I've almost always been self-employed at one thing or another. Right out of high school, I spent about eighteen months working in a local department store, now long out of business, and that was enough to convince me I wanted to be my own boss. I currently manage websites for a small group of clients and occasionally do a little proofing and editing. I enjoy writing (of course!) and gardening as well as cooking unusual dishes and trying new wines. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Shane, a librarian, is as the title says, plain. And she's shy. But she's also very smart. Her secret crush, Mark, is older, a writer of how-to books who lost his wife a year or two prior. When he one day asks her for help locating a book, an unexpected reaction to her smile shocks him and causes him to seek long-distance help from one of his oldest friends, who turns him over to his wife, who...well, I'll not spoil it. I will say it eventually leads to a short scene where I could so feel the emotions, tears were running down my cheeks. Of course, I'm a hopeless romantic. Other times, I found myself grinning and even laughing, especially at the way she sometimes talks to him.
Other characters include Shane's two roommates, Mark's two childhood friends and their wives, and a couple of others. Best of all, the book was NOT filled with graphic sex as so many books in the romance genre are today.
If you like lots of great dialogue and realistic characters who could be friends or neighbors, I don't think you'll be disappointed by this slice-of-life romantic comedy drama
Mann writes an engaging story with a likeable heroine, as well as wonderful peripheral characters. Shane is a young wallflower who soon blooms into a beautiful young woman, thanks to the help of good friends and a certain man in her life. The process of her transformation is credible, the developing feelings for her love interest done just right, the pacing perfect.
Mann writes beautifully, seamlessly crafting a heartwarming story of love and healing. I can't say enough good things about this book and would urge readers to have a look. I enjoyed the humorous scenes, often finding myself laughing out loud. There's nothing plain about this book. Mann gets it right. A must read.
There is a large and varied cast of characters, many are not as fleshed out as they could be and I finally got to the point in the story where I quit trying to keep everyone straight; it was taking too much effort to go back to see who was who. Some of them could be eliminated with no loss to the plot, along with some of the pointless chatter amongst the room mates. I didn't hate the book; I didn't love it either. It isn't completely without merit but one does get to the place where you wish they would just get on with it!
I would like to read a book about Mark and Suzy's love and life together - without all the other characters and distractions. Those two characters are deserving of some serious development on their back story, perhaps as a segue into this book.
If you are going to be stuck in an airport, or convalescing for a long time, read this book. If you want a quick bodice ripper fix - look elsewhere.