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Up Close and Personal

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,847 Ratings  ·  130 Reviews
In Up Close and Personal, New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels creates one extraordinary family who shows us the power of the loves we find, the loves we lose, and the ones we carry with us always. . .

For generations, the Windsors have lived on the family's grand estate in Crestwood, South Carolina, as intertwined with local life as sweet tea and pecan pie. No
ebook, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Zebra (first published August 1st 2007)
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Oct 30, 2007 Zara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book, because I was in need of some good chicklit and this author seemed to have published many chicklit books and seemed sucessful. This book must not be a good example of her work. It sucked big time. The story was annoying and hard to keep track of. The 30 yr old heroine and 35 yr old hero had the lamest courtship I've ever read. The author had them act like the teenagers they were when the first fell in love, complete with lame dialogue and cheesy love scenes. The guy gets h ...more
Francesca Rock
Sep 08, 2012 Francesca Rock rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Wow. This was garbage, absolute garbage. I am actually impressed with how bad this book was. To say I am slightly surprised would be understating my feelings as I do believe Fern Michaels is reputedly a good writer. I can honestly tell you all that I will never be reading another book by her ... ever.

I do not even know where to start with my review of this. Well, first off, it was slow for anything to happen. There was like a hundred pages of all Jake before anything even happened involving Trin
Abby Kennedy
Feb 11, 2014 Abby Kennedy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really didn't like this book at all, and actually found myself rolling my eyes throughout the "experience". It lacks a number of vital literary elements that would contribute to a great novel. The imagery was terrible, at times I had to reword awkward paragraphs so I could picture the scene. For example, Trinity and Jake would hold hands and "gallop" places. Now, if I'm not mistaken, normal, middle-aged adults would not gallop together to their enemy's work place for a full on confrontation. O ...more
I find I more often love the idea of a Fern Michaels' book than the books themselves. I think she has wonderful story ideas, but does not lay them out well ... or is not edited well. I haven't decided. I am almost always interested in the plot, but am often and easily distracted (which is not my nature while reading).

This is another story that intrigued me, but lost me somewhere in the translation. I also felt like I'd "seen" it somewhere, so perhaps it was made into a movie? I'm unsure. I'll lo
Nov 29, 2007 Evelyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: stefanie
Shelves: cute-romance
Attorney Jake Forrest tries to find Trinity Henderson who ran away from home at 15 and must return before her 30th birthday to collect her inheritance. Complicating matters is Trinity's real mother, Sarabess Windsor, who bore Trinity as a marrow donor to save her first daughter Emily and does not want Trinity back.

A contemporary romance with lots of family relationship issues. Fern Michaels knows how to tug your heart strings. Very cute subplot about a cat and dog that bond. Highly recommended.
There was to be a double wedding in Crestwood, SC. Harold Winsor and Mitzi Granger, Rifkin Forrest and Mitzi's sister. Then Sarabess Winsor came to town and both boys fell in love with her. Harold had the most money so he and Sarabess married. They had a child named Emily who had aplastic anemia. They had another child thirteen years later to have a marrow transplant donor for Emily. The bone marrow transplant was done but it didn't save Emily's life. She died anyway. Sarabess mourned her endles ...more
Janie  R. Freeman

While reading very negative, and "I'm never going to pick up another book written by Fern Michaels", I had to wonder how fast these conclusions could be made. I have read over 50 books by Fern Michaels, and I know, she does not write, like what is said in the negative reviews. Focusing on the themes of this story, it spoke of real relationships that exist in the real world. Some of the characters had very ugly personalities with negative emotions and feelings-like greed,love for money-material,
Apr 07, 2016 Flutterbyscribe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Flutterbyscribe by: My Mom.
Shelves: cozy

While in the beginning I felt Fern Michaels dialogue a little...what’s the right word, somewhat childish, I am so pleased that I finished the book. I personally feel she has a way of writing that is entirely unique to her, and I for one fell in love with it. I read so many books, and it is easy to compare different authors writing style. Sometimes they even sound alike, I have not read an author that writes like Fer
Oct 18, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A feel good story and an easy read.
Jun 02, 2009 Gwen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be quite enjoyable. I loved the very realistic relationships between characters. I liked the romantic edge but appreciated the fact that this was no romance. The webs of affection were cleverly woven throughout the characters as well as the small town rumors and gossip. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Sarabess get hers! There was a bit of language in the book and some sexual insinuations, but nothing graphic, which I really appreciated.
Aug 31, 2007 Manju rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Normally I love fern michaels books. But this book....i could hardly wait for it to be done and over with(i know i know if this book was so bad i shouldnt have bothered completing it - but i complete whatever i start reading unless it is absolutely unpalatable). Other than describing each and every emotion of the main characters, the book has nothing else.
Jul 03, 2009 Debby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Want a good book to read while hanging out by the pool or lounging on a Saturday afternoon? This is it!! Up Close and Personal has a very engaging plot with a perfect combination of mystery, drama, humor and romance to keep you captivated to the very end.
Jul 20, 2014 Rona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An easy summer book to read. Everyone is looking for the missing heiress to the Windsor fortune. What everyone finds out is what makes the book a fun, easy read.
June Ahern
I'm giving "Up Close and Personal" three stars because, although it starts out in the prologue and following chapters with a good mystery plot, the story unfortunately goes awry with silliness and near slapstick hunky dude reconnects with beautiful woman. It seemed to me to just gets sillier in dialogue and plot thereafter. The characters, which are well developed in the beginning become caricatures. The book appeared to have two authors contributing to one story but each with her or his own voi ...more
Aug 22, 2015 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This book is full of examples of what not to do when writing a story: long exposition in unnatural dialogue, extraneous scenes that don't move the story forward, as well as secondary characters with long scenes that are distractions from the plot, and more. Worst for me was just the constant author intrusion. The characters would need to do something the author wanted, so she would just write in some wacky reason why they should turn 180 degrees and have that reason delivered out of nowhere thro ...more
Oct 12, 2009 Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I learned not to read any more Fern Michaels. I did not enjoy this book at all.
May 30, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
Cute storyline. I enjoyed reading this book.
I have to say this book just didn't really work well for me. I like the basic idea, but once it was put into the book not much else made me enjoy the book. Most of the characters were pretty flat. We have a villain of a mom who every man seems unable to keep from falling for or at least two very important one's and who seem to let her walk all over them. A town who in turn allows her to walk all over them. No one stands up to her. When a sixteen year old girl runs away and she orders them to dro ...more
Feb 05, 2012 Marleen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What motivated me to finally take this Fern Michaels from the bookshelf? Well, admittedly there are moments that a light read is all you can tackle, and I have to say I am disappointed. This read was so tepid, so lacklustre, I can only give it a 1,5 stars. Sarabess Windsor, the evil Witch on the Hill was the only character that kept me reading till the end. I just wanted to know if this awful woman was going to get what she deserved. As for the other characters they were short of any depth and p ...more
There were points in this book where I stopped and asked myself whether I was just missing something - whether the novel is in fact intended to be hilariously funny with its unrealistic characters, bizarre tone shifts in dialogue, endless repetition, and unresolved scenes. Was it a farce? But it didn't provoke enough smiles for that. So I have had to conclude, though I read it to the end, that Fern Michaels just isn't my cup of (sweet) tea. Who her readership is, I have no idea, though based on ...more
Sep 05, 2013 Nell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t read a Fern Michaels book in a long time. However, I always tend to enjoy her books. She has a quirky sense of humor, and her books always take an interesting path. In Up Close and Personal, the convoluted and twist and turns of the book made it interesting. There was a bit of a mystery going on. Not the usual murder mysteries I like, but just as interesting, intriguing, entertaining, and deeply involved. Throughout the book, I hated one of the characters, was a little frustrated with ...more
Robin Berube
This type of book is really not my cup of tea. A friend of mine had it in her car so she could take it back to the library. I read the cover and thought I would give it a try. The only character I liked was Mitzi Granger. She was the only one who was interesting. The rest of the book fell flat for me. The characters were not realistic and very one dimensional. Jake and Trinity had a weird relationship and even as adults they still acted like children.

As for the mother Sarabess, I can't believe s
Sep 24, 2014 Joyce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Fern Michaels book. It stayed on my shelf for at least a year before I picked it up but I was in the mood for a light read that wouldn't give me night mares. It hit the spot; had short chapters and helped take my mind off the pressing problems, decisions, etc of the day. I liked that Sarabeth stayed true to her character; a real sociopath! Trinity was a superficial character but likable. Jake- kind of unbelievable but that was OK. He helped the story progress.
Since about a quarter of the book was set in my hometown of Barnesboro, PA, and the rest was set in my current back yard, the South Carolina Low Country, I had to enjoy the local references. I also thought the villain was an absolute masterpiece of narcissism and selfishness, and I always give extra points to any really dastardly villain. However, if you aren't a Barnesboro kid who moved to coastal SC (and I think I am the only one,) you probably will not enjoy this book. Now I have to deduct a ...more
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I liked this book overall. I did find that the relationship between Jacob and Trinity was childish as they were adults. I was curious to see what would become of the witch of the hill aka Sarabess and to find out what the whole mystery was about her daughter. In the end I was satisfied with the outcome but I do think that Sarabess deserved a worser fate because of all the harm she did. Jacob's dad Rifkin was a punk! He was so smitten with Sarabess that he was like her little puppy doing everythi ...more
Jun 09, 2008 Ju rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I could not stand this book. In the end I was skimming through the pages so fast just so I can finish the book.

I was in need for some good romance book, and picked this book up randomly.

The scenarios and dialogs are lame and cheesy to a point I'm cringing.

The two main characters are suppose to be these perfect people, they are 30 + years old yet talk like as if they were 13 years old. It's highly frustrating.

Furthermore, the characters are one dimensional. Bad guys are simply bad and heartless,
Dec 13, 2013 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't finish this book quick enough. The premise of the book was good, but the writing was immature, none of the characters were believable or likeable , and if one more person mentioned sweet tea or some plant called confederate jasmine, I was prepared to scream. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator's fake southern accents and old people voices brought a whole new layer of pain. The mystery was predictable and the main romance was on a 7th grade level. The senior citizen romance sc ...more
Donna Shaw
A mother has a daughter for the sole purpose of using her bone marrow to save her first born daughter. An unusual story of the family dynamics when an inheritance of a fortune comes into play many years later. There is also a nice love story.
Mar 13, 2013 Tammy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I really wish there was a 2.5 star option. I liked it more than other books I've given 2 stars but not as much as those I've given 3 stars. It was split up into two work days and while I looked forward to finishing it on the second day, I was disappointed by the ending. I'd figured there would be more heat between the two characters. There was so much potential there and a few good scenes, but it was a let down how they ended. Too sappy for the characters' personalities. I knew going into this b ...more
Feb 02, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: southern, chick-lit
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Fern Michaels isn’t a person. I’m not sure she’s an entity either since an entity is something with separate existence. Fern Michaels is what I DO. Me, Mary Ruth Kuczkir. Growing up in Hastings, Pennsylvania, I was called Ruth. I became Mary when I entered the business world where first names were the order of the day. To this day, family and friends call me Dink, a name my father gave me when I w ...more
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