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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; Reprint edition (13 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420103660
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420103663
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,628,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines a biography this way: A biography is the written history of a person's life. Fern Michaels isn't a person. Fern Michaels is what I DO. Me, Mary Ruth Kuczkir. Growing up in Hastings, Pennsylvania, I was called Ruth. I became Mary when I entered the business world where first names were the order of the day. To this day, family and friends call me Dink, a name my father gave me when I was born because according to him I was `a dinky little thing' weighing in at four and a half pounds. However, I answer to Fern since people are more comfortable with a name they can pronounce.
I've been telling stories and scribbling for twenty-five years. I hope I can continue for another twenty-five years. It wasn't easy during some of those years. As I said, I had to persevere. My old Polish grandmother said something to me when I was little that I never forgot. She said when God is good to you, you have to give back. For a while I didn't know how to do that. When I finally figured it out I set up The Fern Michaels Foundation. The foundation allows me to grant four year scholarships to needy, deserving students. I then went a step further and opened pre-school and day care centers with affordable rates for single moms who are having a hard time of it. Doing Fern Michaels allows me to do this and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't thank God for being so good to me. I don't know what I'm the most proud of, the books I write, the scholarships, the pre-schools or the fact that I put my kids through college on my own with no help from anyone. Probably the latter because when all else is said and done, the only thing that matters is family.

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Format: Hardcover
This is the first time I have read Fern Michaels. The book started off with gusto and I couldn't put it down. After 50% through it started to lose interest and gradually faded with a predictable ending. I was disappointed but will go on and try another from this author before I make any final judgements on Fern Michaels.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
timely action-packed police procedural 26 April 2011
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The crack head killed the family of Atlanta PD homicide detective Patrick "Tick" Kelly. Unable to cope with the deaths of the woman he was married to for fifteen years and knew since seventh grade, and that of their two children, Tick retires from the force and moves to Mango Key, Florida where he plans to write crime novels. Once he stops getting drunk, he becomes a successful author.

Kate Rush left DEA to return home to Miami. However, she cannot resist doing a surveillance of an alleged human trafficking ring in Mango Key. Kate and her female partner Sandy think Tick and his brother Pete are part of the operation, but quickly change their minds. As Kate and Tick fight their attraction, they team up to end the horrific selling of humans.

With a nicely interwoven romantic subplot, this is a timely action-packed police procedural that focuses on human trafficking. The lead couple and the support pair are fully developed protagonists who go from suspicion to partnering. Although the villain surfaces too late and from seemingly nowhere, Fern Michaels provides a deep spotlight on a horrific pandemic global atrocity.

Harriet Klausner
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Not As Great As I Had Hoped 19 May 2011
By Peggy Longerbeam - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have read many books by this author and had high hopes for this one as well, but it was not to be. The story was okay but not well developed and the ending was stupid. First, they hate Lawrence and then they are best buds at the end of the book. There was some kind of disconnect in the story line and much unexplained things throughout the book. In the end, I wondered why I spent even a dime on buying this book.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing 9 May 2011
By carreng - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This was my first and last Fern Michaels book. I couldn't decide what the book wanted to be--a police procedural or a romance novel. In my opinion, it fell short of both. As a police procedural I found it to be a big joke and off the mark. It also fell short as a meaningful romance novel. Some of the dialog was clever but, as far as romance, all she wrote was some lustful thoughts and stares then abruptly a group marriage ceremony takes place in the epilogue. I was very disappointed. The storyline was glossed over so lightly I felt like she must have been in a hurry or didn't really take it seriously. About the only memorable character in the book was the hero's parrot!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Just Not Feelin It.... 30 July 2012
By terrylynn - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am not sure what I was expecting with this book, but whatever it was, I didn't get it. The whole plot line seemed weak. After describing in sufficient detail in the beginning of the book the horrific crime committed to the main character's family, I could really feel his pain and wondered what his journey back to normal would be like. Well...I'm still wondering, because we skip ahead 7 or so years and all we know about how he dealt with this was that he drank himself almost to death. However, apparently he was of sound enough mind to become a best selling author in the interim. What could have been an interesting glimpse into how a person copes with losing his whole family to random crime, was just brushed over with...."well I was in the pit and now I'm ready to climb out... you'll just have to guess how I made it through". The addition of his twin brother had some potential but that was an opportunity missed too with weak dialogue and little to no character development. The two female DEA agents were impossible to take seriously because of their inane, girlie chit-chat and general whining. They basically come across as a couple of bumbling Key Stone Cops and the introduction of the little girl was a plus, but it was too little, too late. I made it through 75% of the book and finally had to throw in the towel and skip to the end where I was not surprised to find a very ridiculous, juvenile type beach wedding to end the whole sorry mess! Sorry Fern, but this one is going in the "trade at the used bookstore" box!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Pleasant Read 6 July 2012
By Beth S. Agejew - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A well-written mystery with a touch of romance. Ms. Michaels does an excellent job of developing her characters. I could easily picture tough, but tender, Sandy and Kate, grief-stricken Tick, slimy, smarmy Lawrence. Even the more minor characters were well-developed. The story was intriguing. What was the governor's big secret? What was going on at that place on the beach? Where did Bird come from? My biggest wish is that this novel had been slightly longer. Rather than jump to an epilogue at the end, I wish Ms. Michaels had taken a couple more chapters to explore the relationships between the main characters. And, there were a couple of unanswered questions, such as where did Bird come from? On the whole, though, Southern Comfort was an enjoyable read and I would recommend it to fans of the mystery genre.
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