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Lisa Kleypas is the RITA Award-winning author of many contemporary and historical romance novels, including the Hathaways series, A Wallflower Christmas, Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, and Love in the Afternoon. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College and published her first novel at the age of 21. In 1985, she was named Miss Massachusetts in the Miss America competition. She lives in Washington with her husband and two children.
Stith gives a fine performance in the first-person role of Liberty Jones, a Texas girl from the wrong side of the tracks who struggles to make a life for herself and her younger sister after the death of their mother, and struggles even more with her powerful attraction to a man she can't have. Stith's voice conveys earnestness, vulnerability, self-doubt and inner strength, making Liberty an immensely likable heroine who immediately garners the listener's sympathies. She also does an excellent job as the other characters, particularly the men in Liberty's life, who are angry, passionate and struggling with their own demons. This entertaining chick lit romance works perfectly on audio and would be a natural for beach listening. Simultaneous release with the St. Martin's hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 25). (Apr.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"Kleypas shines." --Romantic Times BOOKreviews (Top Pick!) "An entertaining chronicle of Liberty Jones's rise from the trailer park to life in a Texas mansion....Kleypas's many readers will root for Liberty, a fiery and likable underdog." --Publishers Weekly "Lisa Kleypas's move from historical to contemporary romance is a rousing success!" --Romance Junkies "Kleypas's passion for the people and culture of the Lone Star State takes the reader on a highly enjoyable ride." --BookPage "Sinfully pleasurable." --Kirkus Reviews "A first effort as enjoyable and unusual as this one needs to be followed by many, many sequels." --Wordcandy.net "An emotionally compelling and superbly satisfying tale of family, friendship, hope, and love. Writing with wit, wisdom, and warmth, Kleypas has created a book to treasure." --Booklist "Kleypas is a New York Times bestselling author for a reason. As a beloved historical romance writer, she's mastered her craft, and it shows in this novel, her first work of contemporary romance and her hardcover debut. The well-rendered characters, fluid narration and skillfully composed dialogue shine, and the plot remains compelling even as it spans more than a decade of change." --Romantic Times BOOKreviews (Top Pick!)