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A Secret Splendor Hardcover – Mar 2006

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Sandra Brown is the author of fifty-seven New York Times bestsellers, including SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008), PLAY DIRTY (2007), RICOCHET (2006), CHILL FACTOR (2005), WHITE HOT (2004), HELLO, DARKNESS (2003), THE CRUSH (2002), ENVY (2001), THE SWITCH (2000), THE ALIBI (1999), UNSPEAKABLE (1998) and FAT TUESDAY (1997), all of which have jumped onto the Times bestseller list in the number one to five spot.

Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published seventy-two novels, most of which remain in print. As of 1990, when Mirror Image made The New York Times bestseller list, each subsequent novel has become a Times bestsellers. In 1992 her novel French Silk was made into an ABC-TV movie. Brown now has seventy million copies of her books in print worldwide, and her work has been translated into thirty-three languages.

A lifelong Texan, Sandra Brown was born in Waco, grew up in Fort Worth and attended Texas Christian University, majoring in English. Before embarking on her writing career, she worked as a model at the Dallas Apparel Mart, and in television, including weathercasting for WFAA-TV in Dallas, and feature reporting on the nationally syndicated program "PM Magazine." She is much in demand as a speaker and has appeared at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. and the Texas Book Festival in Austin, TX, as well as charity functions throughout the year. TruTV (formerly Court TV) also sought Brown to host the 2007 premier of its popular series "Murder by the Book."

Brown was recently given an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature, the American Business Women's Association's Distinguished Circle of Success, B'nai B'rith's Distinguished Literary Achievement Award, and the A.C. Greene Award. In 2008 Sandra was named Thriller Master, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer's Association. In addition, Sandra is a member of Author's Guild, Mystery Writers of America, Novelists, Inc., Literacy Partners, and a founding member of International Thriller Writers.

Sandra and her husband Michael Brown live in Arlington, Texas.

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Beware of thin Sandra Brown books ~ they are usually retreads 5 May 2006
By Tracy Vest - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Arden's son Joey is gravely ill. When her ne'er do well husband Ron, a gynecologist who has run her father's clinic into near bankruptcy due to his gambling addiction suggests that her acting as a surrogate for a wealthy couple could solve all their financial problems, she balks at first. By morning, has a change of heart, provided her husband will grant her a divorce. After Joey dies, she's inconsolable, and decides to check into the child she gave away nearly two years earlier.

Matt is a happy toddler who lives in Maui with his widowed father Alex, a famous tennis star. Arden just happens to meet Alex. Soon the two are embarking on an affair, which eventually leads to marriage. Alex never divulges that Matt had a surrogate mother, and Arden, despite many opportunities, is never honest about her role in Matt's life. Their idyllic life just seems too good to be true. As she falls deeper in love with her new husband, Ron reemerges, and blackmails her - seems he still has a gambling problem. She'll do anything to keep her new family, even pay a man she loathes.

Despite its new packaging, this is a "vintage" romance novel, penned pre-Baby M in 1983... and it shows. Perhaps the story line was groundbreaking back in 1983; in 2006, it's laughable. Arden lacks a backbone which is a core characteristic prevalent in so many early Sandra Brown heroines. Stick with her later titles for engaging storytelling.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
My Favorite Sandra Brown 7 Feb. 2005
By msbooklady - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Of all her books, this is my favorite Sandra Brown. The characters were real and believable and the story holds you from beginning to end. The heroine is a woman who loses a child and out of grief goes searching for the one she gave up for adoption several years ago. What she finds is a widowed father with problems of his own. He is a sexy tennis player who is fighting his way back from hell after the death of his wife and his battle with alcoholism. After meeting, they fall in love and then he finds out who she is and believes it was all just a ploy to get to his child...they have to learn if they can build something after so many lies are told. The pain is so intense, the feelings so deep, I got goosebumps reading this story. It felt so real.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Loved it, despite poor ratings 9 April 2006
By Donna L. Newman - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book! I found it quite accidentally, but as soon as I started reading it, the story was all consuming. I understood where Arden's heart was. All she wanted was the comfort in knowing that her "secret" son was happy and healthy. I really felt that the "secret" she was keeping from Drew was the only thing that kept her from falling head over heals.....she never anticipated falling for him. When their love finally happened, it was everything that is should have been. The end of the book was as it should have been....with the love of two people overcoming all the pain. If I had the money, I would buy the rights to this book, because it would make an EXCELLANT movie !!!
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Decent Read 9 Jun. 2005
By V.Owens - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I liked this one. I mean sure, it was a bit slow, and yes, I did get kind of frustrated with Arden and her efforts to keep her secret, but all in all it was a nice read. Not a real page turned, but I enjoyed it none the less. I would recommend it for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
A Keeper 3 April 2014
By russell - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This romantic tale is one of my favorites of Sandra Brown. I would not say it was a real life situation, but the story left you with a smile at the end.
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