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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: 1018 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (20 December 2008)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLL95A
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,067 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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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars 132 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story, but if you are looking for a romance novel, this probably isn't it 8 October 2015
By Ashburnite - Published on Amazon.com
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(I'll preface this by saying that, while I am trying my best not to include any spoilers in this review, some small ones may accidentally happen)
So I purchased this book several years ago and recently started reading it for the third time. I also did something I hadn't done before and read the back cover (the plot summary). I consider myself a SEP fan, but more than that, I'm a fan of literature. And there was one particular sentence in the summary that bothered me so much that I felt the need to actually read some of the reviews. This was the sentence:

"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?"

First things first: yes, there is a romantic element in the story. And I'll also concede that it's definitely an important part of Fleur's story. Heck, it's the catalyst that prompts a major upheaval in her life.

However, that small paragraph that closes the summary does such a disservice to the author that, in my honest opinion, it's the primary reason for such mixed reviews of this book. Given that summary, I'm wondering if the publishers even read the book in its entirety.

This story is about so much more than some Romeo & Juliet romance that you can find in 75% of the romance novels out there (whether contemporary or not). In fact, I'm not sure I would even put this story in that category. It's more about a woman finding herself and her strength after facing some pretty awful betrayals. And, while the story arc with Jake did shape the second half of the story, the romantic element is at most secondary to Fleur's story.

No wonder so many reviewers have blasted it. They purchased it expecting a romance and instead got very little romance and a story of a young woman finding herself.

TL;DR: if you are looking for a romance novel, this probably won't be your cup of tea.
2.0 out of 5 stars Interminable and annoying 8 June 2017
By K. A. Denise - Published on Amazon.com
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I like SEP books a lot, but...not this one. I pressed on to the bitter end, which turned out to be less bitter than the rest but not enough to redeem it. The characters are dark and one-dimensional--the pretty-but-dumb drunken mother, the epitome-of-evil Russian villain, the gorgeous-but-tortured love interest. And of course the plot relies on that most irritating of romance novel conventions: the absolute refusal of the lovers to communicate with one another. This is just one more novel about the looming horror of--gasp!--hurt feelings, without any of SEP's trademark warmth and humor. (The warmth and humor make a brief appearance in the epilogue, but it's a clear case of too little too late.) It's a shame, because the Fleur Savagar character has potential.

And can someone tell me why this is part of the Wynette, Texas series? Spoiler: Texas never comes up.

I'll keep reading SEP because she writes delightful books, but I can't recommend this one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars War and love are timeless topics as far as I'm concerned 24 November 2015
By Twk77 - Published on Amazon.com
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Not typical SEP, but worth reading. Let me first say that I am a huge SEP fan. This was the 12th book of hers I have read. Unfortunately, this was the first book of hers I had ever actually considered putting down permanently. It is not that the book is dated, which it is, that bothered me. War and love are timeless topics as far as I'm concerned. What was rather off-putting, and not typical of her more contemporary works, is the heroine's malicious and perverse father and the detail and length of which he is involved in the story. Not to mentice her inept mother.

Ultimately, I skimmed until Fleur, the main character, was nearly an adult because I just couldn't stomach his abuse. Then picked up reading again. Having said that, I obviously quite disliked the first third of the book. The middle third I enjoyed and the last third I loved. While it is a love story, it is more a story about a young woman's journey into adulthood and how she overcomes much adversity to become a successful, confident, and independent person.

Unlike many of SEP's works, you won't find me rereading this one but it is worth a few hours to return to the eighties, hair bands, glitter and all.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eventually she is accidentally sucked back into show business 10 March 2016
By Taylor M. - Published on Amazon.com
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SEP does it again with Glitter Baby. It's the story of Fleur Savagar, a bastard child who's mother had convinced a wealthy man to marry her. After he finds out about the pregnancy, he orders the baby Fleur into a convent boarding school, where she causes trouble daily. However, after a fire attracts journalists, a picture is snapped of her and soon leads to modeling contracts. This leads Fleur into eventually making a movie, having her heart broken by her costar, and dropping out the business entirely. She spends a few years sneaking into world class universities and working just to keep a roof over her head. Eventually she is accidentally sucked back into show business, but on HER terms. It's a wonderful story of growing up, and learning to be yourself. Plus the romance in the novel brought some tears to my eyes.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Saved By The Core Romance 18 August 2014
By Sheila M - Published on Amazon.com
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GLITTER BABY is a sprawling romance that begins with the parents of the heroine and covers thirty years. I just was not happy that the hero doesn't appear until page 108 and then the hero and heroine spend six years apart. The core of this story is about Fleur Savagar. It deals with her relationship with her parents, her brother and her career. It is the story about how she creates herself. I loved the story of her and Jake Koranda. I just wish there were pages devoted to them.

Fleur is the daughter of a shallow woman who is celebrity obsessed. She is the ultimate stage mom who manipulates her daughter because of her own dreams. She starts Fleur as a model in her teens and then gets her a part in Jake's movie. Jake is a war veteran who has deep scars from his experience. He is a complex star who acts in action westerns and writes compelling emotional plays. When Fleur is cast in his first movie as a writer over his objections, he expects a spoiled vain girl. Instead hee finds her sweet and innocent and he begins to admire her dedication to her work. After a brief affair, Fleur rings when she finds out that she was manipulated into the affair.

Six years later, Fleur builds a life for herself as a talent agent. She encounters Jake again. The two have to discover if there is something between them in the face of danger.

I am ambivalent about this book. I loved the romance between Fleur and Jake and I even understood that the other information about Fleur's parents and brother and friends give depth to Fleur, but I would honestly skip entire chapters when I reread this.

I'd give this book 3.5 stars. I'd give the romance a 4.25.

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