Fancy Pants by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
She was the most beautiful British bauble in Europe’s jet-set playgrounds. Now
she’s broke, furious, and limping down a backwoods road in an ugly pink Southern
Belle gown. He’s a tall, lean Texan who’s sure to regret stopping his car for
this woebegone, surly Scarlett? Meet Francesca Day and Dallie Beaudine, two
incredible characters whose tangled love affair is at the heart of this
ravishing New York Times bestseller from award-winning author Susan
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 you could read about in a romance. And it drags along and more and more about her upbringing. More or less to the point where I was considering giving up! Then we get to know Dallas 'Dallie' Boudine. Golfer in the US with his own demons to struggle. And back and forth both, Francesca and Dallie meet and loathe each other, yet end up in bed. You get the gist of it.
Result of the bedstory is Teddy, yet Dallie only finds out about ten years later. Even though it's a book and not real life and you've gotta give it a bit of leanway, but honestly I did struggle with that!
Who else is there? Heaps of people, makes your mind boggle, honestly! I really liked Holly Grace, Dallie's first wife, and mother of his first son. Anybody out there who can tell me if she has her own story ?
So all in all, I really can't recommend the book only to die-hard SEP fans. Perhaps one could argue that's the way stories were told in the 1980s .... I wouldn't know!