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Glitter Baby (Wynette, Texas) by [Phillips, Susan Elizabeth]
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Welcome to the world of the Glitter 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 before she was born. That was when her bewitching mother left home to find James Dean and met Errol Flynn instead. Now Fleur has to grow up quickly, and life won't make that easy.

Jake Koranda is both New York's most brilliant playwright and Hollywood's hottest actor. Difficult, talented, and tormented, he has no patience for international glamour girls, not even ones with beautiful bodies and smart-aleck mouths. But there's more to the Glitter Baby than shine, and Fleur's tougher than Jake expects. Even with the odds stacked against her, she's fiercely determined to discover the woman she's destined to be.

An ugly duckling who can't believe she's turned into a swan . . . A tough-guy movie star with a haunted past . . . In a land of broken dreams, can two unlikely lovers trust their hearts?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 685 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (20 December 2008)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLL95A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #141,661 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I just love SEP's work in general and always look forward to reading her novels, but this one has to be my least favourite. She's such a wonderful writer, but I just found I didn't want to know all about Fleur's mother's background. I would have been satisfied with learning about her past over the space of a couple of pages. For me it would have been more interesting to have most of the focus on Fleur and Jake, and their journery.

In general it was still an entertaining read, but I felt distracted throughout because of the focus on the secondary characters and their storyline.
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123 of 128 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting beginning to a super career 1 January 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Glitter Baby was Susan Elizabeth Phillips' first contemporary novel, and it is quite different from the Avon romantic comedies many people have come to love (including me). This book chronicles the life and times of Fleur Savagar, daughter of a 1950's would-be Hollywood starlet and a certain very aging has-been former Hollywood star (read the book to find out who it is). As she grows up, she knows fame from the runways, and heartbreak from all those she loves. Yet she manages to persevere and find the happiness she deserves.
Glitter Baby is very dated; the author herself has said she has no plans to reissue it for that very reason. It's not a bad book by any means, although the characters are not nearly as sympathetic or sparkling as the usual SEP fare. However, if you happen to chance upon it at a used bookstore, buy it. Besides, then you can say that you own SEP's very first contemporary.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars some lovely people - yet, overall NOT satisfying 28 January 2009
By florkow - Published on
I have read both the old version and the new one. And even done a comparison now, by rereading some of the old chapters and the new parallel - I was curious.

An URGENT REQUEST first: Out of respect for readers, I would appreciate knowing precisely what "updating" means. In this case, it means shortening the original by about 50 to 100 pages by streamlining it a lot (an estimate just looking at print size, amount of text on page and page numbers), and adding a few smallish things to make it flow. For other books, it may just mean adding one scene, or an epilogue. Please, be very clear about it - it is my money!

I like these 80-ies types books, Judith Krantz, etc. and I do not mind rereading them now. So much juicier, so much less p.c., with flesh and blood people who manage to be accomplished and happy to some degree while being fallible and messed up and making horrible mistakes. And some of the oversized guts and glory stuff of ultra-rich people is fun too, from time to time.
Just so other readers know where I come from.

Now to the book itself:
I love the character and growth of the Glitter Baby herself. She works for me very well, I can easily connect to her. In both versions. SEP made the new one a bit better, as to her motivations, just a shading that was good, more modern, less victim to a small degree.
I can respect Jake, although he is a hard man, and quite unpleasant in a lot of moments. However, for me to believe in his "breakthrough" and HEA, I would need a bit more showing of how he has changed and moved on from his traumata. This was all too much a "quick fix" at the end for me. I would not trust him not to fall back into very destructive behaviour that hurts the heroine, again.
So unfortunately, the HEA does not really work for me.
A minus, but not a total dealbreaker.

Which brings me to the book's immense flaw:
I feel that SEP never actually has the courage to bring justice for Belinda. She is weak, and in her own way, quite evil by allowing truly evil people to do horrendous stuff to innocent children and to take relentless revenge over years for despicable motives. She actually stands by and profits from it, never for a moment giving up her luxury life. And the ending shows her forgiven and happy. Unbearable. And she so much dominates the book, she ends up being the main character, or very close to it.

This does not work for me as a romance, it does not work as a women's fiction, neither now nor then.
This book would have better stayed where it was than be re-written and getting a second chance at a wide public who loves SEP. Which I do.

I give two stars for the lovely Glitter Baby, and for some wonderful secondary characters and scenes (the whole rock bank passage, Kissy) but this is a deeply flawed product.
30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Find 27 February 2002
By Psboston7 - Published on
I found this book by accident at UBS while traveling up the coast. Boy, was I lucky because it was only like... $2.00!!! I actually can't make up my mind if I like this one more than I liked "Hot Shot" again, this writing style reminded me of earlier "Judith Michael" books. Definately takes you through time from Fleur childhood to womanhood, her relationship with her mother and her lover. I enjoyed this one and I do highly recommend if you can find it buy it. Someone mentioned in a review also on here that it is a rather dated book. Well it is but if you can keep that in mind while still enjoying the depth and details of the story, you won't be dissatisfied.
Happy Reading
28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right Up There 6 February 2002
By Tracee - Published on
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This is now my favorite Susan Elizabeth Phillips book, right up there with Hot Shot, Fancy Pants, and the ultimate novel: Honey Moon. I loved it for the same reasons I loved those other titles. She writes a moving story with romance that does not come quick and easy for the characters involved. I think her characters are very complex and well-drafted. And I am consistently amused by her dialogue. From where do these ideas spring? I completely agree with the former review that Susan Phillips is a natural at this writing thing. I have never read a story by her that did not touch me. While it can be cute to see two people fall in love and have the biggest problem they face be that of who tells who they love each other first and will he/she marry me ('cause I like those two types also), Susan Phillips takes her characters on a journey of self-discovery transforming them into characters with the same strength in which they're written. Fleur Savagar, Honey Moon, and Francesca all fit the bill. I like it when characters (in film or books), who are already intelligent and special, discover that they are stronger than they think or know they are. Glitter Baby is a gem with everything that I like to read in any book. I'd buy it again!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips - hated the book 17 June 2011
By ALMBeau - Published on
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Now every one of her books I read where fun and enjoyable, even laughed out loud plenty of times but this book was just horrible. It's description says it's about Fleur and Jake and their quest for love. As every other book, there is a side story infused and this one was about Fleur's Mom. I get the side story, it was meant to show where Fleur's life has developed her growing up, but it was so morbid and depressing and kind of creepy. I would never use those words to describe a book, especially a romance, but I just HATED the "side story characters" if you will and it could have been done differently to get the same result. I don't know, I really love Susan Elizabeth Phillips but there really was no joy in these characters or this book. She writes amazingly despite my lose of love for Glitter Baby. I kept reading it because I was hoping for it to get better, but it never did. I will not be keeping this book at all, which is a shame because her other books I cherish.

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