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If you love "The Sound of Music" and "Pride and Prejudice," prepare to be enchanted by "Must've Done Something Good!"

Sylvie O'Rourke, "The Sound of Music" devotee and born procrastinator, is about to die. Well, she thinks she is, anyway, and so attempts a last-ditch bargain with God for her life.

"You guys are my witnesses," she tells her sisters somewhere over Connecticut.
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Paperback, Second Edition, 284 pages
Published November 17th 2009 by CreateSpace (first published January 12th 2008)
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Anna
Dec 07, 2008 Anna rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of P&P and touching chicklit stories
Shelves: chicklit, 3-stars
I know Cheryl Cory via a Jane Austen site, and she was kind enough to send me a copy of her book.

This book had such a beautiful, understated feel to it. It was warm, engaging, and endearing, and charming in it’s simplicity and honesty, it really touched me.

I loved the Pride and Prejudice feel to it; the Darcy, Wickham, Lizzy aspect of the story was very well told and played out. You know what's coming, but you still want to know just how it would be resolved. I enjoyed the other Darcy touches to
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Lisa Vegan
Dec 22, 2008 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of: humorous fiction, stories about teachers & students, The Sound of Music
So, does the 2 vhs tape version of The Sound of Music really end where the Captain and Maria are dancing?!? Not at the regular intermission a bit farther on when Maria leaves the house? Actually, I’d have liked to have had even more of The Sound of Music incorporated into this book, but there was enough for fans to be happy. The book’s plot corresponds mostly with the book Pride and Prejudice with a bit of the play Othello thrown in. While you don’t have to be a fan of these works, or even know ...more
Lisa Nelson
4.5 stars!
This first time author did not disappoint! My Sylvie was Tina Fey and Evan ended up as Colin Firth (not a surprise since this is a modern day take on Pride and Prejudice.) It sounds like a strange combination, but it worked for me. The main character Sylvie was fun to cheer for because her inner dialogue was so true to life. Other reviews have said the book has a very G rated Bridget Jones feel and I concur. It was very endearing and rare to find a literary heroine in her 20's with hi
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Emma J
"Must've Done Something Good" by Cheryl Cory (find it on Amazon!)

I belong to a Jane Austen related message board (otherwise know as a forum) where fans on Jane Austen discuss the novels and other related things. Well one member, Cheryl has a published novel! "Must've Done Something Good" :) I've just finished reading it and I loved it! If you like Pride and Prejudice and The Sound of Music then I'm sure you'd enjoy it. Even though it has some elements of these two stories, Cheryl's book has it's
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Milka
I loved this book.
I am so happy I got a change to read it, because it is the best book I have read for a long while.

I like Sylvia as a character. She is funny and I love her sense of humour. I also like her sisters, they seem to have so much fun together, it makes me wish I could have sisters too.

I did not like Evan first, but when Ben told his story about this whole dating situation I someway knew that he was lying and that Evan is really the "good guy". (I started to think Wickham/Darcy situa
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Peggy
This book had me laughing out loud. In fact, the last time I laughed out loud this much at a book was when I read the Bridget Jones books.

The characters are well-drawn and real. Sylvie and her sisters (especially Meg) sparkle. By the end, the book's characters came to feel like friends. (At least most of them did. One or two ... well, without giving too much away, you probably wouldn't want to be friends with them!)

Finishing the book was kind of bittersweet. I wanted to finish it because of the
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Kristi
Sylvie O’Rourke makes a deal with God on a rocky flight, that if she lives, she will do something good with her life. Months later she still hasn’t figured it out. With the persistent pestering of her sisters she lands a job at St. Matthew’s High School teaching English.

What better way to do something good with your life than to shape the lives of today’s youth. Sylvie finds out that is a lot easier said than done. She is snubbed by a fellow teacher in front of the entire English department and
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MCOH
The author mailed a free copy to my dear friend Lisa, who then lent the book to me. Kind of fun to be part of a viral marketing campaign. :-)

The main character believes her plane is about to crash, and strikes up a quick deal with God: if she lives through this flight, she'll find a way to do some good in the world. She survives, and takes a job at a Catholic high school, teaching English. The plot is adapted from Pride & Prejudice, with a Wickham/Darcy/Elizabeth triangle; it's easy to see w
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Anita
This is a bit of a Pride and Prejudice retelling with lots of the Sound of Music thrown in. Since those are two of my all time favorite stories I couldn't help but love this story about Sylvie O'Rourke who becomes a high school english teacher after promising God that she will do something good with her life. The first day of school she is snubbed by Evan Danes a fellow English Teacher who also happens to be gorgeous, so Sylvie does the only thing a snubbed woman can do, she holds a grudge. I la ...more
Stacey
What I loved about this book was how much I could identify with Sylvie. She has her ups and downs just like any of us, many of which are hilarious. The story is a fun parallel to Pride & Prejudice, and Evan melted my heart just as much as Mr. Darcy did. And I wanted Meg to be my real sister :)
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
As a first-year teacher myself, I found Sylvie O'Rourke delightful, relatable, inspiring, and very much down-to-earth. A real heroine to admire!

This is a wonderful tale of a woman who is simple, romantic and desires to be loved unconditionally despite her flaws. She finds herself as a 10th grade English teacher in a private school where the principal's main focus is raising money for the dilapidated school. She learns what every first-year soon discovers about teaching the pros and the cons.

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Jane
In the beginning I wasn't sure how I would like the book. As it went on I liked it better and better. Sweet ending. I like the interaction between Sylvie and her sisters and how you got to know some of the students as well as other teachers at St. Matt's. Other than the fact that the main character worked at a Catholic school and they said prayers in class, there wasn't much of a religious influence. Certain things seemed very realistic to me; for example the students had to read and discuss boo ...more
Tabitha
Nov 21, 2008 Tabitha rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody!!!
Must've Done Something Good is a GREAT book! it is a romanitic comedy kinda following Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen ,with a little Sound of Music thrown in!


I really enjoyed the characters , they were well written and you felt that you were good friends with them ! the book is really funny! Sylvie is my favorite character but, i really enjoyed all of them. I really enjoyed reading the short discussions about various literary works that came up from time to time in Sylvie's work as a high sc
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Ida Sonberg
Oct 28, 2008 Ida Sonberg rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Ida by: the author herself, and Stacey
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Emily Giuffre
Must've Done Something Good by Cheryl Cory...a good lesson on doing a good deed...even if we hate it. Sylvie somehow manages to volunteer and pile more good deeds on top of her head,from teaching English, directing musicals,to sticking with promises she makes off the cuff, wishing she had done something completely different...but it all works out in the end.
I loved this story and I found it to be a good lesson in sticking to your guns whether that be in your promises to God, your loved ones, yo
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Melissa Shreve
This was a very charming, fun book to read. I like the way she integrated her character and that character's personality to effect the entire story. The opening was a big hook for me and I liked the way she talked as a real person, real thoughts and real habits. The only thing I had a hard time with was the voice of the teens in high school. True, most high school students are immature, but for a lot of the story I kept thinking that these were 7-8 year olds because of their actions and dialogue ...more
Kristine
This book has it all: comedy, a little romance, mystery, deceit, a musical, drama and a classic novel. I enjoyed this first book by Cherly Cory - in fact, I read it in one sitting. I couldn't put it down! The ending is very sweet. At first I was really surprised by Sylvie's decision at the end of the school year about whether to go back to teach another year. Then I few pages later, it all made perfect sense. I like books that wrap everything up neatly at the end!
Janet Goodfriend
Outlandishly witty blunders of a first year teacher amidst a triumphantly naïve navigation through romance satirize the very literature she attempts to so brilliantly impart to her students. Cory’s delightfully intelligent, refreshingly honest glimpse into the most seriously undervalued career had me cringing with laughter to the very end.

~Janet Goodfriend, author of For the Love of Art
Andrea
Cute, fun read. How can I not like it when the main character is so into/obsessed with the Sound of Music? That's a recipe for liking any book. However any thoughts I had about switching my career to teaching in the classroom was quickly dashed in reading this book.
Andrea
Annette
Very cute, sweet story of a "Sound of Music" loving young woman who makes a vow to do good by taking a teaching job.... mildly funny, written in an easy-to-read style - definitely not a "heavy" story. Oh... a Pride and Prejudice connection too!
Bookworm1858
Won a copy through firstreads.

I was intrigued by this book due to its references to The Sound of Music (who doesn't love that movie?) and the fact that had a strong focus on sisters, a plot element I am a complete sucker for. What I didn't realize was the strong references to Pride and Prejudice, my favorite book, and my love for the spunky heroine Sylvie.

What I didn't expect was how much I'd like this. I mean, I won a free copy so I figured it doesn't hurt to try but I did keep my expectations
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Sari Lynn
Apr 21, 2010 Sari Lynn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: English majors, new teachers, fans of "The Sound of Music", and anyone who enjoys a good book
Recommended to Sari Lynn by: Received an autographed copy from the author on PaperBackSwap.co
A light-hearted, funny story, about a young woman, Sylvie, who (under duress and never believing she'll be called to make good on her promise) vows that if she survives a particularly turbulent flight, she'll do "something good" with her life. Safely on the ground, she tries to forget about her bargain, except that her two sisters, who were with her on the flight, tell her that she can't lie to God - she has to do "something good". What they come up with is a job teaching English at a nearby Cat ...more
Allison
Great, great book. First off, how nice to see a female main character who is not a ditz or a whore. Sylvie is a smart, caring woman who makes a decision and sticks to it. She has a sense of morals and doing good for the sake of humanity. She is a very likable character. Second, she has a loving, supportive family. How refreshing it was to read about a family that cares for one another. Third, although I laughed at the antics that took place in the school (being a catholic school veteran myself) ...more
April yedinak
I loved this book. I loved the sisters and their relationship. I loved Sylvie and all her cooky ways. She reminded me of myself in so many ways, especially her mildly neurotic thoughts. My very favorite part of the book is not the romance, but a passage where she is reminiscing about her childhood home. Sylvie was happy their home was new construction, since she wouldn't have to worry about any ghosts haunting it. Then she recalled American Indians and decided that they might be waiting to eat h ...more
Rachel
Nov 21, 2008 Rachel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rachel by: Cheryl
I loved it. Once I started reading "Must've Done Something Good," I couldn't put it down. The humor and fun kept me laughing while the plot kept me reading. A mixture of "Sound of Music," "Persuasion," "Pride and Prejudice," and some completely unique ideas thrown together into an enchanting mix, I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. It shall definitely be making the rounds of my friends. I will be eagerly looking forward to the next book from Cheryl Cory.
Sfdreams
Feb 05, 2009 Sfdreams rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sfdreams by: Lisa Vegan
I REALLY liked this book! I hope that Ms. Cory writes more with this character.

I am not a Sound of Music fanatic, but I did enjoy the references to the movie, and my friend, Lisa, and my partner, Melanie, are both fanatics of the movie so I can appreciate the references. I have been going around singing "Somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must've done something good" since reading this book. Unfortunately, that's about the extent of the song that I know. LOL.

Tiffany
Three sisters addicted to "The Sound of Music". Sylvie decides she is going to do something to make a difference and through some coaxing of her sisters she applies for a job as a teacher. It is a humorous and enjoyable novel. Sylvie is a wonderful strong character who possesses strong morals that I haven't found in many books. It seemed to me the chemistry was lacking between Sylvie and her male counterpart but I still really liked this read.
Vicky
What a wonderful book! I loved the Pride & Prejudice connection and the character of Sylvie. She was witty, charming and she brought some real warmth to the whole story. I especially loved the relationship she had with her students. I was always looking forward to reading what would happen next in that classroom. I think her adventures there endeared me to her even more than her romantic blunders. A very enjoyable story.
Michelle
This is such a cute book!! I think I was in the mood for something light and fun and this hit the spot. I really enjoyed the author's sense of humor and laughed out loud throughout most of the book. Even randomly during the day I would think back to a part in the book and just start laughing.

I highly recommend being familiar with the movie The Sound of Music. It makes reading this book more enjoyable.
Shauna
I was expecting more "Sound of Music" tie-ins, and was thus thrown a little by what was more a "Pride & Prejudice" plot. Still it was fun and cute. I enjoyed the comraderie of the sisters, and I loved some of the high school literature discussions. I'd rate it 3.5 stars if I could, but there was enough good about it that I feel it deserves 4 stars more than it deserves 3.
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Cheryl Cory lives in Worcester, Massachusetts with her husband Matthew and their cat Betsy. She enjoys reading, cleaning (seriously), and making cookie dough (not to cook, just to eat). She has tried and quickly given up a number of sports including, but not limited to, golf, skiing and snowboarding. We Have Confidence! is the long-awaited sequel to Cheryl's first novel, Must’ve Done Something Goo ...more
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