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Tidings of Great Joy [Mass Market Paperback]

Sandra Brown
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Book Description

1 Dec 1999
From the author who knows all the secrets of a woman's heart comes a tantalizing tale of holiday romance—as a young woman discovers how a night of passion can change your life, and your dreams, forever....

Ria Lavender is the last woman in the world to be swept away by a smooth line and a seductive smile. A talented architect, she's just beginning to savor the fruits of her success when she meets a man who will change everything.

Mayor-Elect Taylor MacKensie is handsome, charming, and charismatic. Still, Ria never imagines that she'll leave a Christmas party with him, or that, caught up in the magic of a snowfall and a bottle of champagne, she'll give in to desire. Eight weeks later, Ria knows she's carrying Taylor's child.

To give their baby a name, Ria persuades Taylor to marry her—at least temporarily. But while Ria soon feels a surprising tenderness—and passion—for Taylor, she fears his prime concern is protecting his career. Ria vows to keep her distance from the man who holds the key to her heart...until life teaches them both a lesson in miracles—and love.

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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: 17.5 x 10.7 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 849,616 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! 2 Sep 1998
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the usual Sandra Brown ending 29 Jun 1999
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking Depth 16 Jun 1999
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Not much depth 16 April 1999
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but simplistic 26 Mar 1999
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 8 Jan 1999
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Format:Hardcover
I thought this book was great. One of Sandra's best. The characters just warmed my heart.
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