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Fancy Pants (Wynette, Texas #1)

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For Francesca Day, it’s not the end of her world, but close to it. She’s London-bred, wealthy, and sophisticated, but fate leaves her flat broke and stranded on a back road in Texas. Now she’s got to deal with reality without her rich girl props. How can she do it?

The answer lies in gritty and handsome Dallas Beaudine. He stops his car to help Francesca whose life and car
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Published April 17th 2007 by Random House Audio (first published January 1st 1989)
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Dija
Sep 21, 2011 Dija rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a sweet romance with a great doze of humor and drama!
Recommended to Dija by: Aly is so frigging bored
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Fancy Pants is the best unexpected surprise I've gotten so far this year! I was extremely reluctant about starting this book, and I probably wouldn't have even given it a try if it hadn't been for Anzu's review the fact that I had it as a group read.

In a nutshell, this is basically what this book meant to me:

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This book made me feel every different kind of emotion, from angry to love to joy to frustration to shock, and everything in between. I started out hating Francie and end
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Anzu The Great Destroyer
This book was like a carrousel ride for me. It had so many ups and downs that by the end I didn’t know what to think of it. I started with lots of hatred towards the main characters and bit by bit I got to love some. Others.. well they constantly sucked. Yes Dallie, I’m talking about you.

When I started Fancy Pants I had something in mind. A bit of comedy, a feisty heroine and a jackass hero. Hell, the typical Susan Elizabeth Phillips stuff. *excitement excitement*

Soooo I was reading and reading
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♡Karlyn P♡
3.5 stars, rounded up for the wonderful reading voice of Anna Fields. If it wasn't for her awesomeness at reading SEP novels, I might have DNF'd this puppy. I could listen to her read the phone book.

This was Dallie & Francesca's story, and one of the few SEP books I have yet to read. I felt like I already knew D & F from the later books, so for me seeing them as their young and love struck persona's was not to be skipped.

Unfortunately, the time line in Fancy Pants goes back and forth fro
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Duchess Nicole
This was a hell of a story! Spanning two generations and a handful of decades, it was most definitely not what I expected. I'm not much for chick lit...in fact, I used to really dislike it, finding it more wannabe melodramatic than even a lot of romance out there. But if anyone can make me love something I usually wouldn't, it would be Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

YES, the story was LOOOOOOOONGGGGGG. No, there really wasn't a ton of romance. (this was my biggest complaint) And yes, there were a lot
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Bark's Book Nonsense
I listened to Fancy Pants as an unabridged audio. I didn't take notes so what follows next is what remains rattling around in my head.

I've always enjoy Susan Elizabeth Phillips work. She usually creates fun characters and has a knack for snappy dialogue that hooks me right away. Fancy Pants is one of her earlier efforts written back in the 80's, and it suffers from many of the excesses of its time. It's more of a saga, which brings me back to the glitzy days when I thought Danielle Steele and Ja
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Mo
I loved it. This is my second time reading it and I thought it was great. Loved Dallie - the overbearing jerk. Ms Fancy Pants - what a girl - dusted herself off and got on with life. Please read this book. It is so much more than any of the one star reviews. OK it may be an oldie but I don't think it is at all dated. She even made the golf seem interesting - I was on the edge of my seat at the Classic!!
Allison
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Maggie
This book is so over the top and ridiculous, with references to Eva Peron and Aristotle Onassis and Scarlett O'Hara... and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There were some cringeworthy moments (racial slurs, nice to see you again), some corny moments (see: O'Hara, Scarlett), and yet, I couldn't put it down. I'm also completely inured to the birth secret plotline from watching Korean dramas, so I didn't have any WTF outrage. I've also totally fallen down the Susan Elizabeth Phillips rabbit hole (3rd book ...more
Heather Tisdale
2.5
I have some serious issues with this book. There were times when I wanted to give it a 3.5 and others when I wanted to give up on it. If this hadn't fit the criteria for a reading challenge of mine I would have never finished it. It was too long. Not in that 500 pages is long, in the sense that there was no reason 500 pages were needed to begin with. There was too much back story that could have been simplified and a whole lot of time of Francesca being a stuck up b****. Luckily, the end turn
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Madu
I gave it 3 stars because 70%of the book was 3 stars...The rest was 4
If smb had said to me that I would write at the end of the book the next phrases, I would have shot him/her. I am still shocked by Francesca's growth. I can't believe that she became such a great person, after being such a wuss-sparkly-arrogant-'Can'tBreakANail"-dull-character. Her transformation was a surprise for me, and it deserves 5 stars. But Dallie deserves one star, so the arithmetic mean explains also the 3 stars rating
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Lili
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Jane Stewart
4 ½ stars. Good story and a feel good ending.

I did not laugh during the book which surprised me since some of her books have me laughing a lot. But it was still a good story. Francesca was spoiled rotten and did stupid things, but she faced her problems and changed herself, with wonderful success. Dallie refused to deal with his problems. But he eventually changed. I liked how that happened and his motivations.

DATA:
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 497 pages. Swearing language: strong, i
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Mareli
I'm back to my favourite author...
Gotta give those 4 stars because this author is a GENIUS! (I don't know if there's a right word for female genius).

At the first I hated her, she was totally unbearable, a very spoiled little girl with a brain inversely proportional to her looks. But, as usual, SEP heroines grow on me and in the end I cannot but love her immensely. She really grew a backbone!

On the contrary, Dallie started good and had a fall in the between to get better in the end.

I already know
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FlibBityFLooB
4.5/5 stars. There was plenty of things in this novel to enjoy if you're a fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips. There was humor, emotion, growth of characters, etc. I especially enjoyed the golf theme since I have a fun connection in real life with the PGA TOUR.

So, why am I docking the rating 1/2 a point? There was something in the plot of the book that really bugged me -- the 10 year hold-back from the heroine. To me, 10 years is nearly unforgivable. I am not sure why SEP didn't go with 1-2 years a
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Christine
The only reason I read this book is because I've read all the other Wynette Texas books and these two characters keep reappearing. The truth is, I tried to read the book years ago and put it down because the beginning is so boring. It literally begins with Francie's mother's childhood and gradually moves us forward to her conception, childhood, etc.

Well, this time I was determined to press forward. It helped that I was too sick to want to move and listening on audio. I hate to put it that way,
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Shannon
I'd forgotten how the early SEP books follow the more epic idea of romance, giving a sweeping story that encompasses decades of the lives of the protagonists, including their parents and grandparents if necessary. If you embrace it, it's pretty awesome, even though there are sections that are tedious, it somehow manages to all come together. I really enjoy the way we get to see the main characters mature and see how they can grow up and move past just the lust part of a developing relationship - ...more
Brynn Gislason
Okay so I know this is a romance novel but the author is such a great writer that I literally laugh out loud when reading this book. I have read this book about 6 times...I love it.

If you are looking for a purely entertaining book...this is a good one.
Kim
Predictable, far-fetched, unrealistic characters, a story line that jumped around too much, and typo's! In spite of all of that, I still give it two stars because it did keep me somewhat entertained.
Elii Vela

Me encanta la portada de este libro, en serio. Desde que lo vi en GR, supe que tenía que verlo en mi estantería. Cuando llegó, pensé que había hecho la mejor compra del mundo, sobre todo porque en la contraportada viene un mensaje de la autora que dice lo siguiente:

FancyPantsBKM

Entonces, ya que hemos dejado en claro uno de los motivos por los que decidí comprarlo por internet, ya que a México sigue sin llegar, pese a ser el primero de la serie (y ya tenemos aquí los libros: 3, 4, 5 y 6). Como yo soy muy

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Kady
Like other SEP books, sometimes I liked parts, sometimes I disliked parts, and sometimes I LOVED parts. This book was VERY complete. Like, you get everyone's back stories (and their parents and ex wives' back stories as well). Sometimes it was too much, but after about 60%, it was just wonderful (this is usually the case for me with most SEP books). I usually end up loving them! Dally and his Fancy Pants ended up being a complex and interesting couple. It was very character-driven and they all h ...more
Jen
I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips, but this was not my favorite. I realize that part of the point is Francesca's transition from, well, who she was at the beginning to who she is at the end, but, honestly, there was so much in between stuff that I didn't really like that it was hard to keep reading. Part of it was just some things that were dated, which, I realize, there's really nothing that can be done about that. But there were some attitudes that made me think -- 'wow, we've come a long way,' ...more
Willow
The thing that I enjoy about a Susan Elizabeth Phillips book (She Who Got Me Into The Romance Novel) is that when you pick one of them up you know you're going to get a very full story. It will be fun, sweet, romantic, and you will laugh plenty, but at its heart it will be a very rich story with characters that she has no problem putting through the ringer. I like that, because while she isn't afraid to raise the stakes, she will deliver on all the parts you were nervous over, and you'll find yo ...more
Beverly Diehl
This was a very interesting read for my chick lit reading group, because it was published in 1989. The first part takes place in the 1970's, the second part in the 1980's. So, from this perspective - the characters and the environment are a little dated; from another perspective, it's like taking a time capsule voyage back to those years.

It's very weird to read about pro golfing without any mention of Tiger Woods. The heroine is SO bratty and unlikeable in the beginning I was tempted to put the
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Iris Blobel
No wonder my mum didn't get me to read books in the 1980s!

I have absolutely no idea how to put my thoughts into words. Basically I'd give the first third a rating of '1' as in boring, the next part a '3' as in mildly amusing and interesting, we go back to '2' for more confusing backstory and another '3' for tying everything up nicely in the end ... so what does that make? I'd say a weak '3' .... :-)

So we read about Francesca. English born, spoilt rotten, up herself, the most unlikeable person yo
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Jill Dunlop
Fancy Pants is the first book in Susan Elizabeth Phillips Texas Wynette series. It tells the story of Francesca Serritella Day, an English socialite heiress who ends up penniless in the Southern United States with only the clothes on her back. It is a tale of a spoiled, self-absorbed woman who at the lowest point of her life faces self discovery to become one of the best journalists television has ever seen. Along the way Francesca meets Dallie Beaudine, a golf pro who seems to be the one man im ...more
Ceecee
I would rate this 2.5 stars at the most. I'm really sorry, SEP. I still love you. Hope you won't hate me.

Maybe it's my cynical side dominating, but "true love" like Francesca and Dallie's is just...a fantasy. I know that romances like SEP's are meant to be a culmination of a woman's fantasies, and meant to be indulged in. I guess this week just was not the week to read a romance. Not even this month.

Francesca was born rich and beautiful, and raised to believe that all you needed in life was to r
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Flannery
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Filomena
Un bel romanzo, molto diverso da quelli che compongono la serie Chicago Stars, molto più intimista.
E' un romanzo che parte lentamente e questo non deve scoraggiare chi legge perché anche ciò che sembra inutile servirà per caratterizzare la protagonista in maniera completa.
L'ambientazione parte dall'Inghilterra degli anni '70 per arrivare negli Stati Uniti della metà degli anni '80, nel pieno del periodo più florido dell'American Dream, in cui tutto sembra possibile.
Più che un romance lo definire
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Maria
Seriously. I don't care what designer label a character is wearing. And I certainly DON'T need pages and pages of description about clothes, decor, etc. I read reviews that talked about the unending backstory and overwhelming details...but I gave it a shot. No dice. Way too much for my liking. IMHO this needed a healthy (like 200 page!) edit. I don't mind a sprawling saga...but this wasn't about enriching the storyline, it was just about filling pages. It didn't make the characters more realisti ...more
Adwina Ralston Cumberbatch
lebih dari dua kali gw pengen menonjok Dallie.. gw sama sekali ga simpatik ama karakter dy..
baru bab2 trakhir aja dy mulai bikin gw simpatik
istri ditampar, cewe yg dcintai disakitin..
huff
Si Francesca juga minta djambak..
jadi cewe manja amatt
bner2 butuh perlakuan tinggi.. -_-

dan yg gw heran.. Teddy sama sekali beda dari bonyoknya
dy pinter, dan untuk anak seusia itu, udah mikir macem2 bwt bisa ngelindungin ibunya..
ga heran pas udah gedenya seksi sangatt

satu hal yang pengen gw bilang ke Teddy :

"Ted
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“If you want me, you'll have to earn me. And, mister, I don't come cheap.” 46 likes
“Take it off first, soldier."
He looked at her suspiciously. "Take what off?"
"Your clothes. Entertain the troops."
"My clothes?" He frowned. "I was sort of thinking you might want to do that for me."
She shook her head and leaned back on one elbow, giving him her witchiest, bitchiest smile. "Strip."
"Now, listen here, Francie--"
Lifting a languid hand, she once again pointed toward the center of the room. "Do it real slow, good-looking," she purred. "I want to enjoy every minute.”
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