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  • Mass Market Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Bantam Mass Market Ed edition (1 Dec 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553576003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553576009
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 589,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Sep 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book was fantastic! Very short and sweet, but with all the X-mas cheer and breathless reading. Ria Lavender is today's woman UNTIL things take an abrupt turn! Read this one next. Sandra is GREAT!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Jun 1999
I enjoyed the book up until the ending. Come on. The adopted kid that was a surprise to Ria??? Happily ever after, the end??? I hated this ending. It was a huge disappointment. It totally didn't go with the story. I felt left hanging at the end. This is rare for me not to thoroughly enjoy Sandra's writings.
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By A Customer on 16 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book was a real disappointment. I never felt as though I really got to know the characters, but considering how cruel they were to each other, that's probably just as well. The only thing on these characters' minds was getting into bed with each other. I would have liked to have seen more detail about their jobs, which would have made the story more interesting. I bought the book because I knew that Ria was an architect and that sounded interesting. I thought that Taylor was particularly insensitive to Ria throughout most of the book, and Ria seemed to say things to Taylor that always made him angry, with good reason. If you're looking for a book with depth, this isn't it.
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By A Customer on 26 Mar 1999
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading Tidings of Great Joy, and it took me only a few hours. It is amusing and a few parts are even memorable, but it is far from flawless. The beginning is very choppy, and it only gets more interesting after the tragedy happens. There is not much character development, especially considering the minor ones. The emotions of the two main characters are flatly laid out, not with much sublety. It is highly predictable, aside from the very last scene, which, by the way, was very tacky. Nonetheless, after a long day, it can be distracting enough. If you are looking for something fast and uncomplicated, go for it.
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By A Customer on 16 Jun 1999
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed this book because it was an easy read. I thought that the 'one night stand' situation was totally believable. Until, they talked marriage. Come on! Who would really do that. I thought they were both extremely insensitive to one another. They had great sex on their minds, and little else. Nonetheless I found the book mildly entertaining. I would recommend it for an easy romance read. The sex scenes were hot. It's just too bad that nasty arguments were the only way to get them into bed.
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By A Customer on 25 Nov 1997
Format: Hardcover
This book was a disappointment especially after reading "Fat Tuedsay", which I loved. "Tidings" was again your typical girl meets boy, girl hates boy, girl thinks about boy, girl falls in love with boy and they end up happily ever after. Can't any author out there think up a story plot with an ending that totally flips your mind? Something you can talk about with other readers for weeks. "Tidings" was only a good fast read around the busy holidays.
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