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The Woman Most Likely to (Beeler Large Print Series) Hardcover – Large Print, Dec 2002


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  • Hardcover: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas T Beeler; Largeprint edition (Dec 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574904566
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574904567
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,138,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A disappointment 2 Jun 2004
By Pam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Susan Sinclair became pregnant at 16. Her boyfriend, Jon Laker, wanted to marry her, but she refused. She had the baby, went to college, and got a great job with a very nice salary. All the while, Jon remained a part of their daughter's life.
Now, at 38, Susan's taken a month off work to spend time at the family home with her recently widowed mother, Lydia, and her daughter, Becca. Lydia, after a long marriage to a harsh man she never loved, is learning what it's like to enjoy some freedom. Becca, who has recently learned that she's pregnant, is trying to escape a bad relationship with a loser boyfriend. Susan and Jon join forces to help their daughter through this difficult time in her life and in the process rediscover their passion for each other.
The author is a good writer and I enjoyed the sub-plots with Lydia and Becca. However, even though I normally love `second chance' stories, I had some major complaints about the book. (1) From the first page to the last page the pace is incredibly slow. Because it was so slow, I often found my mind wandering and had to force myself to focus on the book. (2) I never really figured out exactly what was keeping Susan and Jon apart. I understood her reasons for not marrying him at 16, but they're in their late 30's now and nothing is standing in their way. The reader, or this reader at least, never believes the reasons given--which basically boils down to `he never loved her for who she was'--because Jon never did or said anything to indicate that it might be true. Because of this, I found all her internal anguish silly. In my opinion, her thoughts often seemed like those of a teen-ager rather than a grown woman. (which surprised me a great deal because she was such a strong character in every other aspect) As a result, I didn't truly care if she ended up with a `happily ever after' or not. I did, on the other hand, want Jon to find his `happily ever after' but frankly by the end of the book I was kind of hoping that he'd find it without Susan.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Pure Delight 3 Oct 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Woman Most Likely To... is pure delight--and pure Jennifer Greene. It was everything I've come to expect from this author--and more. It's a story of love and healing, a story of second chances (and maybe third and fourth and fifth chances) and of finally getting it right. It shows three generations of women, all on the edge of change, and how they see the possibilities for the future based on learning from the mistakes of their combined pasts.
I loved all these women, I ached with them and rejoiced with them. I loved seeing a grandmother who broke out of her structured, rigid life to find the free spirit inside of her. I loved Susan, the book's heroine, working so hard to do the right thing for both her mother and daughter. And I loved Jon, Susan's hero even if she couldn't quite trust all the evidence. He was everything I've come to expect from a Jennifer Greene hero--strong and vulnerable at the same time. It warmed me to see these two come together for the sake of their daughter...and for themselves.
Don't hesitate on this book. It'll make you laugh and cry and just plain feel good. It's a keeper!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Likely to end up in my charity pile 7 Jan 2008
By Tracy Vest - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Workaholic Susan Sinclair is summoned to her hometown when her daughter calls in a panic because Grandma has gone through a metamorphis. She dreads going up there as she knows that the father of her child, Jon Laker, is a man she still cannot resist. A teenage love affair that resulted in pregnancy, his family did everything to ruin the relationship. Now 22 years later, they both still carry a torch for each other, though neither is willing to admit it. Daughter Becca has come home to deal with an unplanned pregnancy, following in Mom and Grandma's footsteps. When the three generations of Sinclair women start sharing close quarters, they realize that though they have all chosen separate paths, they still have a whole lot in common.

I wanted to love this book - I loved the premise of the parents never having a chance when they are young getting the chance to have a do over. Instead, I merely liked it and found the writing to be pretty average, primarily due to the atrocious dialogue. Susan is 38 and she talks like an 80 year old - with all the "tarnations," "Hell's bells," "Sam's hills," and "damnations," I was sort of taken aback when author Greene used more graphic language to describe the love scenes. I was not impressed with this one - liked her novel "Where is He Now" much more.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
warm second chance at love 1 Oct 2002
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Becca Sinclair visits her grandmother in Copper Creek, Michigan for some solace and advice as she is pregnant and wary of repeating the mistake her mother made when she gave birth to her. Becca knows how hard Susan worked to raise her alone at the sacrifice of any happiness. However, Becca finds her staid widowed grandma Lydia acting like a teenage woman in love for the first time.

Becca asks her mom to return home to insure grandma is okay. Susan comes back to Copper Creek, the town she fled over two decades ago, only to see the one male she has always loved Jon Laker. Becca and Lydia believe that Jon and Susan still love one another and want the best for the sandwiched generation so they begin to intercede to propel this couple back together regardless of the consequences.

This is an insightful relationship drama that will provide gratification to fans that relish a complete family drama inside a strong romance. The story line enables the reader to see deeply inside the heads of the lead characters, especially Susan because her two female relatives add an extra beacon on her soul. Jennifer Greene displays her skills as an author most likely to receive audience appreciation for this warm second chance at love novel.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Warm and Witty 22 Oct 2006
By Cherise Everhard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is only my second book by Jennifer Greene and it left me wanting to read more.

This is a deep tale about 3 generations of strong women making the same mistakes in life and love.

First you have Lydia, the Grandmother. In her role as a widow she is finally exploring the real her and stepping outside the tidy box her married life held her in.

Then you have Susan the mother. She is struggling with an issue at work and trying to help her daughter deal with an unplanned pregnancy and distructive relationship. You also have her facing her relationship with Jon, Beccas Dad.

Then you have Becca, the daughter. Trying to find her way and do the right thing with her unborn baby.

These three women move in together and you really enjoy their family and their relationships. I like the way they struggle to solve their problems. I found this book intriguing, so much so that I wrote the author asking when she was going to do a follow up story about Becca. I think you will like it.
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