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Glitter Baby (Wynette, Texas 0.5)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  9,180 Ratings  ·  492 Reviews
The sweeping romance that launched the career of" New York Time" bestselling authorSusan Elizabeth Phillips Welcome to the world of theGlitter Baby.
Fleur Savagar is the most beautiful woman in the world . . . to everyone but herself. With her oversized hands and paddle-boat feet, her streaky blond hair and funny green eyes, she lives a life filled with secrets that began
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Published December 30th 2008 by Books on Tape (first published January 1st 1987)
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Dec 11, 2015 Mo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this one. It was a re-read and I think I loved it even more this time... I had sort of forgotten the book. Then Karen and Sharon read it recently and it piqued my interest as their review/updates were intriguing me. Karen loved it. Sharon, not so much... Mmmm, I said to myself, I wonder how I would feel about it now doing another read!

Fleur has a fairly fucked up childhood. Her parents are assholes. OK, her mother thinks she is pushing her child out of love but to me it was selfish and s
Oct 07, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Ok, so this is one of those books that you have to read…then sit back and think about for a while before you decide how you feel about it. To be honest, I got about half way into it deciding that it really wasn’t doing anything for me. But then… something happened, and it all just started making sense to me.

It was like the story was just turning out to be one big prologue. I kept waiting and waiting for the real story to pick up. I kept thinking that this is way too much background infor
2.5 Stars

Gosh, I don't know what to say about this one other than as a whole it just didn't work for me.

I truly enjoy SEP's writing so I am not sure where this one went wrong for me.

I started skimming which is always dreadful to admit but it happened. Instead of completely embracing the story, sadly I found myself wishing it was over.

Oh well. You can't win them all!

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Glitter Baby is the third installment in Susan Elizabeth Phillips's contemporary romance series titled: Wynette, Texas. This ended up being a great book even though it took a little while for me to find my own personal enjoyment. Glitter Baby begins by immediately setting up the relationship between "Glitter Baby"'s parents before her birth. I didn't like the parents' characters or their relationship and could not find any investment in this all. In November 2015, I ended up DNF'ing a ...more
Jane Stewart
I loved this book.

There are TWO VERSIONS of this book. Glitter Baby was first published in 1987. The version I read was published in 2009 and includes changes made by the author.

Fleur is the most beautiful woman in the world. Her parents are among the worst. Fleur reluctantly becomes a model and an actress at the request of her mother. Jake is a brilliant playwright and Hollywood’s hottest actor. Jake does not want to use Fleur in his movie, but the director hires her. She is 19 and
Duchess Nicole
Even with the long, drawn out beginnings, I still love SEP's older books to pieces. I hate to admit it, but telling the parent's story really does add a depth to the H/h's tale that is incomparable. I think this may be my favorite of the series so far. I've been listening to it on audio and the narration is fantastic. Multilayered characters, a story spanning decades, and often villains that you can empathize with. Romance that is super spicy but truly realistic, even though it's set in a world ...more
I swear, Susan Elizabeth Phillips has sacrificed more virgins than the Aztecs.

Usually (by usually, I mean the 8 books I just inhaled), she wins me over with her banter and zaniness, but Glitter Baby was unappealing from beginning to end. I spent the first half of the book uncomfortable with the various plotlines and loathsome characters, and by the time the first "love" scene rolled around, I was mentally grabbing a habit and ruler and yelling, "STOP RIGHT NOW!"

In romance books, you know which c
Waaaaaaaaay too much back story in this one! I tried to stick with it, but the hero doesn't even make an appearance until page 109 and the heroine's selfish mother was grating on my last nerve. There was a hint of possible incest or statutory rape which I am not a fan of. Lots of name dropping and references to brands. Ended up chucking this one.

Such a shame because SEP is one of my favorite authors. If I had read her oldest stuff first, I probably wouldn't have bothered with the Chicago Stars s
Milica's Bookshelf
Početak je dosta obećavao, ali zatim je počeo uvid u život Fleurine majke, Belinde, pre nego što je Fleur postala Zlatna djevojka, ma pre nego što je uopšte Fleur došla na svet...taj deo je tako bio onda povratak u "sadašnjost" i tu već počinje da se dešava nešto.
Kako mi je prvi deo ovog serijala puno bolji od ovog dela a dala sam mu 4 zvezdice, ovaj deo jednostavno ne mogu da ocenim sa više od 3 zvezdice.
DNF - 35%

There are not many books I abandon but this one has been added to that pile. For me it was a rollercoaster ride and every time I thought it was going to get going it stalled....There's no way to sugar coat it but I was bored and have moved onto the next.

From what I could tell this book doesn't seem to have anything to do with Wynette so can't understand why it's in this series!

May 14, 2016 Noemí rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3'5 De todos los libros que llevo leído de esta autora,este me ha parecido el más flojo...
El comienzo me pareció muy lento.
Me ha sobrado momentos de la madre,se me hacía muy pesada.
Me ha faltado más momentos entre J y F.Pero eso si,los que había me han encantado.
La historia en sí,no ha estado mal,habido momentazo!
Me ha gustado :)
Sheltered and hidden away for most of her life, Fleur Savagar is not prepared for the glamorous world she's thrust into at such a young age. Her striking looks, that she's never reconciled with the ugly ducking she began her life as, open her to a world of games and secrets that menace her very innocence. But no one threatens her heart and mind- until Jake Koranda.

A hot actor who agrees to have Fleur act in the first movie both written and performed by him, at first, Jake dismisses Fleur as anot
MB (What she read)
I am not a fan of re-issued romances. This one was disappointing and I could not finish it. Susan Elizabeth Phillips' books have obviously very much improved since this one was written. I think they must have decided to re-issue this one because the main characters show up nominally (and years later) in the new book "What I Did For Love".

If you are new to Susan Elizabeth Phillips please skip this one and try one of the newer books! If you are a SEP-fan, then this may be worth your while. But be

He tenido la oportunidad de leerla gracias a Ediciones B. Es mi segunda colaboración con ellos. Tenía muchísimas ganas de volver a leer a SEP, así que ha sido la oportunidad perfecta


Es la hora de las confesiones: yo creía que este libro era una comedia romántica. Lo creía hasta que lo miré por encima y se me derrumbó el corazón. Lo dejé pasar unos días y cuando me sentí preparada, inicié mi road trip literario. Con SEP la vida es un viaje apasionante. Y esta novela es justo eso. Apas
Apr 02, 2009 Kath rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mixed review. Keep in mind that this story was written I believe in the mid to late 80's, so it's a bit dated. I really wish they would have made some updates before re-releasing it, because part of this story had a bit of an "ick factor" in it for me.

Loved the story of Fleur and Jake and thought it was great. Very, very touching story. Loved the telling of the feelings about Vietnam and the emotional baggage that often results by being in war. I loved both characters and it was great to see Fle
Apr 12, 2016 K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Въпреки, че тази книга не е съвсем типична за стила на Сюзън Елизабет Филипс, смятам, че е една от най-силните й книги. Така обичният хумор, присъстващ в повечето книги на авторката, тук сякаш липсва или е притъпен от сериозността на всички житейски перипетии и разочарования в живота на героите. Книгата някак се намира на границата между разпускащо и хвърлящо в размисли четиво, а това лавиране на мен лично ми допада.

Nina Draganova
Jan 03, 2017 Nina Draganova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Започна неубедително тази книга, но постепенно стана интересна.Не е типично в стила на авторката,малко ми наподобяваше Луиз Бегшоу. В крайна сметка всичко си дойде по местата, не липсва чувството й за хумор, добрите диалози.Грандоманията е това , което ме дразни в американските автори.Всичко е най. Свръхреалистични неща се описват, които нямат нищо общо с живота.Всяка книга обаче,която ме кара да я прочета на един дъх,получава моята висока оценка.
Jan 18, 2009 Emily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In general, I've liked Susan Elizabeth Phillips' books. This one was one that I just got through. There wasn't much that made me want to keep going.
You know you are in the hands of a good writer when time suspends, the story is so real you find yourself lost in it, and the characters are three dimensional enough that you truly CARE what happens to them. Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a goddess of romance for these very reasons!

Glitter Baby, although it is an earlier work of hers, still has all the elements that make SEP so unique and addicting! Glitter Baby has elements of BOTH romance and fiction. It is unlike lots of her newer work that foc
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
First let me say that I'm a big SEP fan. I almost always enjoy her characters. She has creative plot lines and snappy dialog. So what would one of her earlier books be like? Let's travel all the way back to 1987, when hair was big and portable phones required a five pound battery. Although that was the original publish date, it wasn't the date of the book setting.

Our story begins when a stupid obnoxious twit changes her name to Belinda and runs away to Hollywood to fall in love with the stars. B
Jun 07, 2011 Archana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never thought I'd come around to reading this book, I don't know why. Despite the author being one of my ultimate favourites, I was pretty apprehensive to read this book. It might have been because a. This book was written way back in 1987, or b. I did not want to venture out of the author's Chicago Stars series I was totally in love with!

Though categorized under 'romance', this book doesn't neatly fit the bill. It has more demons than one can count. I cannot imagine a heroine facing so many o
Jun 08, 2009 Charity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, romance
I confess: this is my first look at Susan Elizabeth Phillips' work. I understand that she's one of the best in the genre, and I've heard plenty about GLITTER BABY, this reprint of what might amount to early women's fiction. Mega-author Sandra Brown's quote on the cover stating that the work was "A highly entertaining story. GLITTER BABY is a must for readers of women's fiction" is what actually convinced me to snatch this book from the "freebie" pile at my chapter's RWA meeting. I am SO GLAD I d ...more
I think I'd have enjoyed this much more if I'd read it when it was first published (1987). There was a vogue then for books about beautiful women and their travails among the rich and famous (think of Judith Krantz's 1985 Princess Daisy). Typically, such a book would open with the heroine's pedigree (a lengthy prologue about her parents), there would be a tragic early love, the real relationship explored would be with her own mother / sister, there would be an incestuous evil man, and the "hero" ...more

Get ready for a blast into the past of old Hollywood! Lots of back story, but all relevant information! Without being trapped in Belinda's mind for a while you may never understand her motives. Her actions and thought process will make you want to hurling your kindle across the room. Officially the award for worst mother of the year: Belinda Savard! And Alexi was thirty shades of f'd up. Gross!!!! A man of your nightmares.

I love the Wynette series, the way the stories blend together is seamless
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3/5; 3 stars; B

Not my favorite book by SEP but there is still a lot of story there to enjoy. If you're looking for a romance, I wouldn't point you toward this story, even though there is a romantic line through it. Its more a story of a kid overcoming a horrible set of parents to make a success of her life. I found some aspects of the story unbelievable but was willing to let it go because there were a lot of interesting characters. The author did a great job creating Belinda's character. She wa
Oct 03, 2016 Sol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5 #Winterthon
Me encantó salvo por dos cositas: Belinda es la peor de toda la historia, me arruinó el epílogo, de verdad, algo tan bonito estropeado por una persona tan horrible y la resolución en general, creo que en los últimos instantes tendría que haber habido más enfrentamiento. Pasando de esto fue una lectura hermosa, me leí como 200 páginas en un día de lo enganchada que me tenía, recomendable.
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Jan 09, 2017 Burçin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kütüphanem
Son zamanlarda okuduğum belki de en iyi kitaptı!
SEP yine farkını göstermişti ve ben yazarın kalemini çok özlemişim.
Karakterleri o kadar incelikli işliyor ki kitaplarına aşk kitabıydı deyip geçmek büyük haksızlık. Karakterin alt yapısını, nedenlerini, karakterini ilmek ilmek dokuyarak, hiçbir sayfasından sıkılmamayı garantileyerek veriyor okura. SEP farkı da bu olsa gerek...

Ben kitaptan bir parça SEP'in kitaplarından biri olan BALAYI tadını aldım, ki o kitabı da çok çok severim. Fleur'un çocukluğ
I worship the ground Susan Elizabeth Phillips walks on. With the exception of two, I've loved all her books. They all are funny and heartfelt and as you read you find yourself falling in love with all the characters. Unfortunately, Glitter Baby is added as the third book of hers I hated. It lacked the spark her other books had and halfway through I came close to just putting it down and never finishing. It was that bad. I couldn't believe that this was the same author that wrote all those books ...more
Ángel Oscuro
Oct 01, 2016 Ángel Oscuro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Que historia tan buena y bien construida. Personajes complejos, tramas familiares y amores.
Me he reído mucho mas de lo que pensaba y eso siempre es de agradecer.
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