|Publisher:||Kensington Pub Corp|
|Publish Date:||Apr 2013|
|Number of Pages:||266|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.9|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.11 x 0.98 x 9.24|
Fern Michaels, who is originally known as Mary Ruth Kuczkir, grew up in Hasting, Pennsylvania, and is fondly known by family and friends as Dink. After her last child entered school, her husband forced her to get a job, when all Michaels knew was motherhood. Instead of approaching the world with no skills, she turned her love of reading into a career and began to write books. After four years of partnering with Ballantine Books in the production of her books, she left her agent, sold her home in New Jersey and moved to South Carolina, where she has remodeled a 300 hundred year old plantation house.
Michaels books consist of scrappy heroines, much as she herself was, and the per serve rance of the female soul. She considers her true day of prevailance, the epitome of her perseverance, to be the day she was inducted into the New Jersey Literary Hall of Fame. In order to give back some of what she's received, Michaels has set up The Fern Michaels Foundation which allows grants of four year scholarships to needy students.
She has also opened affordable pre-school and day care centers for single moms in financial distress. Michaels does not consider herself a writer, merely a good story teller, who has written sixty seven books, most of which appear on the New York Times Best Sellers List, such as Breaking News in 2012.
Evicted from his house and served with divorce papers by his greedy soon-to-be-ex-wife, Elaine, Gus Hollister returns to his childhood home. But when he arrives, he finds that he has much fence-mending to do before his grandmother Rose and her sisters, Violet and Iris, are willing to welcome him back into the fold. His relatives had tried to warn him against marrying Elaine, but he didn't listen and ended up alienating the women who'd raised him.
Now they're running a lucrative business out of their home and are not sure they want Gus's interference. This story of redemption, forgiveness, and fresh starts will enthrall all listeners. Jim Crawford's vocal range and timbre enable him to differentiate clearly among multiple female and male characters.
Verdict: Will be of interest to Michaels's fans and those who enjoy redemptive family stories.
-Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX
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