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Glitter Baby (Wynette, Texas #3)

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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...more
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Published December 30th 2008 by Books on Tape (first published 1987)
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Maggie
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...more
Tammy
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...more
Zeek
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...more
MB
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...more
Kath
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...more
Emily
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.
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...more
Jane Stewart
I loved this book.

STORY BRIEF:
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 did not want to use her in his movie, but the director ends up hiring her. At that time, she is 19 and he is 28. That is how they meet. The main story is about Fleur who is living a glamorous life, and then has nothing, and then amazingly brin...more
Crista
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...more
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...more
Jennifer
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Mara
This book is more women's fiction than romance. It was first published in the 80s, and sometimes feels a bit dated.

There were parts of the story that grossed me out, and one instance where I wasn't sure whether the heroine was raped or not, since the scene was very confusing to me... Let's hope she wasn't.

Fleur Savagar is one of the world's most beautiful women, also known as the Glitter Baby.

On the other hand, she comes with A LOT of emotional baggage. Let's start with her mother, a celebrity g...more
Shannon
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
Archana
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...more
Karen Scott
3 stars--at best.

I wish I could give this more. I love SEP. I rely on SEP on my drives to and from work. I look forward to listening to her books. But this one was problematic for a few reasons.

1) The audio. I know, I know. I shouldn't judge the book on the audio delivery, but it's part of the experience and I can't help it. In this case, it wasn't the reader--she did a decent job (a little grating in the start, but I settled in just fine and was able to "hear" each character in her inflection)....more
Charity
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
Andrea Guy
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Alexa Avenell
Glitter Baby was a implusive buy on my part. While at the bookstore, I saw it and read the summary and simply thought "Why not?". What I didn't know then was that this book is so much more than a quick read. Glitter Baby was descriptive and detailed, which allowed for the reader to truly understand the characters. Due to the fact that the reader knew so much about the characters life, the character's motives and actions were understandable. By the end of the novel, Fleur Savagar is such a strong...more
Bronwyn Rykiert
Fleur Savagar, the illigitimate daughter of a famous movie star, has been brought up at a convent in France, where she has been since she was a baby. She saw her mother Belinda, twice a year but did not meet her step father Alexi, until she was 16 and he had plans for her. Her brother Michel has also not had much love in his life but Fleur was jealous of him because she thought he had everything that she did not – she was wrong.

Fleur is a pawn in her parent's twisted lives, obsessions, and desir...more
Iola
The cover is deceptive - this book was originally published in 1987, and it shows. It has all the over-blown character and plot that turned me off romance novels for 20 years after I read the likes of Lace and Princess Daisy - there is the unloved but beautiful heroine with the ugly duckling complex, the gay man coming out of the closet, the almost-incestuous father figure, the selfish man-eating older woman, the hero hiding the secret hurt. Blah. Although written as a contemporary novel, this o...more
Marcie
Literally could not put this stupid romance novel DOWN. Awesome.

I really enjoyed reading SEP's first published novel, to see how she approached the problem of reality vs. romance, too much reality, too little? What's the right balance? As an intelligent woman writer, she wanted to write romance with real significance. Of course, she masters the balance in her later novels. But, I love this "imperfect" effort and all the criticism of it I read on this website.

It's not a romance, but more of a jou...more
Heather Tisdale
1) How is this Wynette, Texas? It takes place in New York, Cali, France, and Austria.
2) I don't know what it is with these books, but the feel like they take forever to read. I don't mind the main characters, despite the fact that they aren't always likeable. I feel like I get bogged down the parental background story. It's different, but I could just care less about spending that many pages on how screwed up their parents were.
Overall, it's okay. Not for me, but not atrocious either. I have mo...more
Lissa D'Angelo
Jake Koranda es uno de los HDP más bastardos que ha descrito SEP, no me gustó, sexy, sí, pero hay pedófilos y asesinos que también lo son. Es, señores, no significa nada.
Él tiene envase y ya... Y ni los 10000 sucesos que lo marcaron justifican su actuar.
Es sufrido, sí, como cientos de personas, pero no la da derecho a hacer la tonelada de cosas que hizo, ni a parlotear cuanta burrada se le metía a la cabeza,
De cualquier modo, es un libro de SEP, así que sigue siendo bueno, diferente al resto, cl...more
Ian

It's not too bad but I found some parts of it a little annoying.

I didn't much like the whole caricature of "evil" that was Alexei...I mean he's not just a manipulative sociopath with a creepy calling card (white roses), he's a pedophile complete with henchmen.

The hero had a past, and when I found out what that past was I thought, "WTF??", it wasn't really much of a past and I think SEP took the easy way out.

I don't think SEP writes men very well. As usual I found myself liking secondary char...more
Just - The romance reader
Susan Phillips is a great writer in my book. I have thoroughly enjoyed each of her novels I have read. Her characters have a depth and a realness that many stories don't have, even other novels I have really liked.

I'm not sure what I expected when I started reading Glitter Baby, but it wasn't what I got. What I got was even better and more entrancing. The story follows the main character, Fleur, through her life from childhood to young womanhood with the help of her supporting characters. You a...more
Elena
This was a book that I just couldn't put down. It reminded me of '80s sagas and romances, and only then did i realize that this book WAS written in the '80s, but re-published recently.

I loved the story of the strong and insecure Fleur and the tough yet sensitive Jake. Belinda (manipulative and shallow) and Alexei (manipulative and evil) were "written" well, yet I hated them both and could not really believe that people like that exist in real life. (Although this did not make me enjoy the book...more
Marleen
I have to say this is vintage SEP: an enjoyable read.
I was afraid I wasn't going to like this book when I started it, since recently I noticed that pure "romance novels" didn't satisfy me any longer like they used to do, now craving more subtle, meaningful reads featuring real people displaying genuine character traits. Indeed, these days I look for stories that dig a little deeper... well, reading this re-issued work by SEP I realize why I've always liked this author. Except for her Natural Bor...more
Cianelle
I was moved by the story..Fleur was really brave to face her fears..by reading the story it made me realize that once you dream about something you must do something about it..don't loose hope...

I also loved what Jake did when he finally let go of his past and decided to admit that he really loves Fleur...

Jake and Fleur's love story didn't started well but as the story continues,it shows how they kept their love for so long...it really has a great ending...

Susan Elizabeth Phillips never fail to...more
Natalia Trujillo
SEP, eres grande. Contigo sé que leeré algo y será genial.
Knottem
Yeah.....NO. Big no. This is your first and hopefully last warning for this book.i love the author, don't get me wrong I think she is great and her other stories are trés good but this one.... Was off the charts....in a bad way. Sorry SEP.
Firstly, way to much back story - I didn't know what was the story and who the main character really was until after at least 100 pages
Second weird characters-
Belinda( glitterbaby's mom) is some doe-eyed celebrity loving weirdo who is in love with every celbri...more
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SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS

The Huffington Post says the books of Susan Elizabeth Phillips provide a “gateway drug to the whole [romance] genre,” which she assumes is a good thing. Bookpage magazine calls her “the crown jewel of romantic comedy writers,” which is definitely a good thing. Since she wrote her first novel on a typewriter in her kitchen, her books have been published in over 30 languages...more
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