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Big Girls Don't Cry (Mills & Boon Cherish) (Silhouette Superromance) [Kindle Edition]

Brenda Novak

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Book Description

Thanks to a devastating revelation about her husband, Reenie Holbrook's once-perfect marriage is over.

For eleven years she had the life she wanted--and now it's gone. Reenie decides that the first step in recovering from her ordeal is to find work; after all, she has three young children to support. She's thrilled when she lands a job at Dundee High teaching history--until Isaac Russell, the man who triggered the unraveling of her marriage, accepts a temporary position teaching science. Then she's tempted to quit.

Reenie doesn't care if the whole town admires Isaac...and she won't admit that, secretly, she admires him, too. She doesn't want to see him or his sister in "her" town. But a friendship with the most unlikely woman leads to a relationship with the most unlikely man....

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"Novak's phenomenal tale kept me on the edge of my seat, Kleenex in hand, totally enthralled to the last page. This is a forget-about-dinner-just-order-a-pizza kind of read!"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 672 KB
  • Print Length: 379 pages
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon Cherish (1 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0068SP84Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,282 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Brenda Novak Bio

It was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak's career as a bestselling author--she caught her day-care provider drugging her children with cough syrup to get them to sleep all day. That was when Brenda decided she needed to quit her job as a loan officer and help make a living from home.

"When I first got the idea to become a novelist, it took me five years to teach myself the craft and finish my first book," Brenda says. But she sold that book, and the rest is history. Her novels have made the New York Times, USA Today and Borders/Waldenbooks bestseller lists and won many awards, including two Rita nominations, the Book Buyer's Best, the Book Seller's Best and the National Reader's Choice Award.

Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are proud parents of five children--three girls and two boys. When she's not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually working on her annual fund-raiser for diabetes research--an online auction held on her Web site ( every May. Brenda has raised over $1 million to date.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pager turner 9 Oct. 2005
By Ratmammy - Published on
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BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY by Brenda Novak

October 9, 2005

Amazon rating 4/5

"This has got to be one of the juiciest Harlequin Superromances I've ever read. BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY is the story of two women who discover they are married to the same man. Reenie and Elizabeth both feel happily married. The one thing that makes them discontented is that their husband, Keith O'Connell, spends two weeks of each month working away from home.

It's Elizabeth's brother, Isaac Russell, who notices that something does not add up. While discussing a major car accident on the freeways of Sacramento, where Keith supposedly worked two weeks out of the month, Isaac notes that Keith says it had no impact on his commute. Isaac can tell that Keith is lying, but why? Isaac would not have thought twice about it, except he accidentally sees Keith at the airport in Los Angeles, when Keith is supposed to be in Arizona. Isaac decides to miss his own flight to follow Keith and find out what's really going on with his brother-in-law. What he discovers is beyond belief. Keith was on his way to see his other wife, Reenie, in Idaho. When Elizabeth learns the truth, and is told that Keith wants to stay with wife number one, she makes an impulse decision. She and her two children move to Idaho to be closer to daddy." Complete review at BookLoons dot com. - M Lofton for BookLoons.

A pager turner! One of my favorite Superromances this year so far.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Careful Handling of an Emotional Topic 19 Mar. 2011
By Tooncesmom - Published on
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Big Girls Don't Cry is one of Brenda Novak's earlier Dundee series books. I hadn't read it when it came out, but I did just recently and found it hard to put down. She creates well-drawn, realistic characters and the protagonists in Big Girls Don't Cry is no exception.

How do you live through a lie? What happens when you discover the man you love, the husband of your children, is also a husband and father to another family two states away?

When Isaac Russell finds it hard to believe how many business trips his brother-in-law makes to Phoenix and how upsetting it is to his sister Liz, Isaac decides to check into the situation, especially after he spots his brother-in-law Keith O'Connell at an airport headed to Boise, Idaho. Isaac follows, and can't believe his eyes when Keith drives an SUV to the small town of Dundee, parks in the drive of a suburban house and is warmly greeted by another woman and three kids.

Reenie Holbrook married Keith, her high school sweetheart, settled down and began a family, but for the past nine years, her husband's business travel takes him away from home two weeks out of each month. Reenie wants to buy a farm and settle down, but Keith balks. Isaac confronts Reenie with the truth about her marriage and her husband's bigamy. He's hoping Reenie is a typical "other woman", but he finds her as much a victim of the deception as his sister Liz.

When Liz discovers the truth about her marriage, she separates from Keith, who apparently is choosing Reenie over her and moving to Dundee. Liz decided to move to Idaho to allow her children access to their father and Isaac goes along to make sure his sister is protected. He doesn't plan on falling for his sister's rival.

Ms. Novak has penned a sympathetic story showing the devastating impact of an irrational act on many lives. Liz is the hardest hit because she is the outsider, and her brother's interest in Reenie seems another betrayal. It's an adult novel in that bigamy is an adult situation, but Ms. Novak creates an enjoyable story of friendship and redemption in this well-written romance. I look forward to Liz' story, The Other Woman.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars all good 6 Sept. 2013
By choosyfloosy - Published on
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the harlequin and silhouette publications are consistently great. well drawn characters, settings, and stories. plus most of them are series involving excellent authors who will hold your interest. I buy them as a group so I can just read right through them. it's well worth the cost.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dundee idaho series is woderful 23 Aug. 2013
By L. Mars - Published on
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Brenda does such a great job on her small town series, dundee idaho is another one of her fabulous ones. I could not wait to read the next book once I finished One. Brenda has s real knack for really describing a small towns heart and soul in her characters.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book 6 - Dundee, Idaho 4 Feb. 2013
By Dianne E. Socci-Tetro - Published on
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Book 6 - Big Girls Don't Cry - by Brenda Novak

This is not just a book about a man's infidelity. This is a book about a man having a complete second family and living in a different state. This is a romance with bigamy being the catalyst that breaks up a marriage and finds a woman eventually in another man's life and arms.

I had a difficult time understanding how Ms Novak thought that writing about a bigamous husband and the betrayed wife from Dundee was going to make for a romance. To make things seem even more impossible, you need to read nearly the entire book before anything romantic is going to happen. At 58%, we are still dealing with the trauma of it all.

This was a fascinating look at how one man's stupid decision ruins so many lives.
I had never read any of Ms Novak's books before and then I found one that was a free download and quickly became hooked on them. This book may not be my favorite, but it is still a wonderful, interesting and quick read. Ms Novak knows how to keep a readers interest and she never falls into the trap that so many other authors do - she is able to supply her readers with fresh ideas/plot-lines. Yes, she may still have to follow the `romance formula' but she only does so to a certain degree. She has an innate ability to find a plot that hasn't been done to death. Thank heavens for that and her!
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