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Plain Jane / Fern Michaels.

By: Michaels, Fern.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Kensington Books, c2001Description: 292 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1575666731.Subject(s): Women psychotherapists -- Fiction | Louisiana -- FictionGenre/Form: Romance fiction.DDC classification:
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With each novel she writes, Fern Michaels is becoming more solidly established as a brand-name, mega-bestselling author. Cherished for her poignant tales of love and family, she has recently also won praise for her complex, compelling characters and for skillfully interweaving threads of mystery and suspense into her emotionally-powerful stories.

"Plain Jane" is Fern Michaels's greatest triumph yet -- the tale of an "ugly duckling" who transforms herself into a successful career woman, wins the love of a wonderful man...and unearths and solves a shocking crime.

Jane Lucas is a psychologist with a call-in radio show. Zippy, articulate, warm, and feisty, she still hasn't met the man of her dreams. She lives alone in Rayne, Louisiana, on an old rice plantation with her vegetarian dog, Olive, a stray she found on her back porch, and two ghosts -- one human, one canine. But things begin to change when a handsome shrink is a guest on her talk show -- and then in her heart. And when her beloved, eccentric godparents produce a K-9 sleuth named Flash, and her mother's ghost tips her off about a few essential things, Jane is ready for the big time...in crime stopping, and in love.

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Library Journal Review

Michaels delivers another corker with her latest romantic suspense story. Fat, frumpy Jane was an ugly duckling in school, but today she is confident, stylish, and thin Dr. Jane Lewis with a thriving psychotherapy practice and a radio talk show. She is renovating a haunted Louisiana mansion and is rapidly becoming involved with a man upon whom she had a crush in college. She has a great dog named Olive and two crazy godparents who write suspense novels and don't need their Viagra. In fact, her life would be pretty swell if she could just put two things behind her: she believes her mother did not love her and in college she witnessed a brutal rape. How Michaels unravels these tangled knots makes for a riveting listening experience, and Laural Merlington turns in another expert performance. When Jane is finally able to solve all of her problems, the listener will heave a sigh of relief. Highly recommended where stylish suspense circulates. Barbara Perkins, Irving P.L., TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

The newest production by bestselling romantic suspense writer Michaels (Yesterday, etc.) is almost too perfectly summed up by one character's statement: "We have a couple of cans of worms here, and they're wiggling in all directions." The novel opens in 1988 when Jane Lewis, an overweight college student with low self-esteem, and a friend are attacked by a group of men on the Louisiana State University campus. Her friend is gang-raped and commits suicide soon thereafter. Jane promises to keep the rape a secret but, 12 years later, as a successful psychiatrist in Rayne, La., her feelings of guilt are dredged up by a patient she believes could have been one of the attackers. As she tries to unravel his story, Jane confides in her dog, Olive, and in the handsome Dr. Michael Sorenson, an old high school acquaintance and fellow psychiatrist with whom she falls in love. Her eccentric godparents, Trixie and Fred, who write pulp fiction and train police dogs, lend her a helping hand with the detective work. With so many story lines converging, one event appears to follow another in a marching pattern. The workaday prose is dialogue-heavy and overly simplistic--with long sequences spoken to ghosts and dogs that reply with "woof"--and the advice given on Jane's radio talk show, Talk to Me, is slapdash. Michaels turns out novels like the Ford factory turned out Model Ts; this one certainly doesn't break the mold. But that'll be good news for the writer's unflaggingly loyal fans. (Mar.)Forecast: No surprises here: the novel does its job and it'll be a bestseller. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

Kirkus Book Review

Another formula romance from ever-popular Michaels ( What You Wish For , 2000, etc.), this time featuring a talk-show psychologist and the men who wronged her college chum. Dr. Jane Lewis is lovely, self-assured, successful, and popular—the exact opposite of the plump, shy frump she used to be. Her radio call-in show boasts thousands of listeners, and she sees patients privately as well. One case particularly troubles her: a man who blames his wife for the rape that shattered their marriage. Jane can't help remembering her friend Connie Bryan, homecoming queen at Louisiana State and fiancée of the football team's star quarterback, Todd Prentice. Connie was waylaid and gang-raped by four unknown men (who spurned the unattractive Jane), then killed herself when Todd broke off their engagement. Connie had sworn her friend to secrecy, not even telling her own parents of the rape before she committed suicide. Jane is now determined to find out more, and she does so with the help of another psychologist, hunky Dr. Michael Sorenson, her erstwhile high-school crush. The pair host Jane's show together and rekindle their long-ago romance as she begins investigating the circumstances of Connie's rape and subsequent death. Jane also grapples with her mixed feelings about her own looks, reaching the departed spirit of her cold-hearted beauty-queen mother through a resident ghost. (Mom finally apologizes!) Michael and Jane eventually figure everything out, of course. Aided by a crack team of K-9 dogs, Jane corrals the likely suspects and reveals that she has kept Connie's semen-stained clothing in a bag for all these years, somehow knowing that DNA testing would incriminate someone eventually. The rapists get their just deserts—and Jane gets Michael. Not exactly the first time this author has featured noble dogs, convenient ghosts, and plucky gals.