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ISBN13: 9780451219831
ISBN10: 045121983x
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Years ago, Jenn Lind’s family’s dynasty crashed, forcing them to move out of their Atlanta penthouse and into a cabin in Fawn Creek, Minnesota. But Jenn saw a way out—she’d win the Buttercup Pageant, grab the scholarship, and run far, far away. The plan almost worked too, until some conniving townspeople cheated her out of her tiara. Still, she swore she’d make it out someday…

Miss Minnesota?

Twenty years later, she’s on the cusp of real stardom. She’s about to leave for New York to be crowned queen of daytime TV when Fawn Creek asks her to be grand marshal of the town’s sesquicentennial. Her network accepts, delighted over the potential PR, especially since she’ll be sharing the “honor” with international celebrity Steve Jaax, a man she got tangled up with once long ago. Between the all too attractive Steve, the townspeople, and a hundred pound butter sculpture, Jenn may never escape Fawn Creek. Or even worse, she might.

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"A rancid, 20-year-old bust carved from a 100-pound block of butter is the main ingredient for Brockway's saucy contemporary debut, which follows a long line of popular historical romances (most recently My Surrender). All Jenn Lind ever wanted was to put as much distance as possible between herself and Fawn Creek, the tiny Minnesota hamlet where her parents landed after gambling away the family fortune. Two decades after her escape, she's on the brink of TV stardom as the newest Martha Stewart. All is well until she learns that, as the former Buttercup Princess of Fawn Creek, she's been conscripted to serve as the town's sesquicentennial grand marshal, a title she's to share with Steve Jaxx-the famed sculptor (and ex-con) who carved her bust out of butter twenty years before. Upon arrival she learns that the butter head, which her mom had stored in the barn freezer all those years, has been stolen and is being held for ransom. While the inept blackmailers barter, the butter head is slowly melting, and Steve is desperate to rescue the head before something he hid in it resurfaces. While the plot has a make-it-up-as-you-go feel, Brockway's talent for creating funny characters and a dead-on sense of place will keep romance fans enchanted." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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In bestselling author Brockway's first contemporary romance, a renowned sculptor from New York City finds himself in Fawn Creek, Minnesota, carving heads of beauty pageant contestants out of dairy products. When the failed beauty queen he meets there has more going on in her head than he expects, together they discover what true happiness can be. Original.

About the Author

The author of seventeen full length novels, Connie Brockway lives in Minnesota with her husband and several dogs. An adult daughter has managed to escape to warmer climes. For now.

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caismith, November 8, 2006 (view all comments by caismith)
I used to say that Connie Brockway was one of my favorite historical romance authors. I have to amend that statement now to say that Connie is one of my favorite romance authors, period! Her contemporary debut, Hot Dish, more than lives up to expectations. It is a funny-melancholy and touching tribute to small towns everywhere and what it takes, emotionally and physically, to ?come home? to them.

I laughed out loud, I was brought to tears, and I empathized with the heroine in her love/hate relationship with Fawn Creek, Minnesota. Not being a native Minnesotan, it took me a while to understand that Minnesota Nice means many things to many people. Living in a village that doesn?t even qualify as a town gave me insight to heroine Jenn Lind?s struggle to adapt to small-town upper-midwest life.

Jenn Hallesby Lind thought she had it all. A brand new TV show that will skyrocket her career to the level of success she?s always dreamed of. Name recognition, pots of money, and it doesn?t hurt that she?s a former beauty queen, even if she doesn?t want to talk about that particular chapter in her life. She?s shaken the dust (snow) of that small town off her designer shoes (boots) and turned her back on her past.

It comes back to haunt her in the shape of a butter head. You know, the butter head, the one that I?d never heard of until I went to the Minnesota State Fair for the first time. Just imagine: your head, forever immortalized in a forty-pound block of butter. Well, at least until they melt it down for some dairy association dinner. Turns out her parents have preserved her butter head for eternity. Yes, forty pounds of twenty-something year old butter?

Steve Jaax is at the pinnacle of his career. To think it took carving a butter head and a stint in jail to get him there. He?s a successful sculptor who still harbors a great deal of anger toward his first ex-wife (there?ve been a few since then). That?s okay because her rancor equals his. To spite her, he hid something from her and then thought he?d lost if forever. Then word reaches Steve that the butter head that he attributes with turning his career around still exists. Steve wants it. Or at least that?s what he wants everyone around him to believe.

Jenn and Steve are tapped to be co-grand marshals -WITH the butter head ? of Fawn Creek?s Sesquicentennial Celebration. As a result, they both return to the small town. Jenn with a measure of resentment and Steve with a sense of wonder. Jenn, Steve, and the assorted characters (oh my heavens, the CHARACTERS) in Fawn Creek will have you smiling, laughing, and very nearly crying at times. And it?s just possible that you?ll identify with having a dream and going for it only to realize it might not be what you really wanted after all.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780451219831
Author:
Brockway, Connie
Publisher:
Signet Book
Subject:
General
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Romance - General
Subject:
Romance - Contemporary
Subject:
Love stories
Copyright:
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
Publication Date:
20061131
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
6.78x4.26x1.19 in. .45 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A rancid, 20-year-old bust carved from a 100-pound block of butter is the main ingredient for Brockway's saucy contemporary debut, which follows a long line of popular historical romances (most recently My Surrender). All Jenn Lind ever wanted was to put as much distance as possible between herself and Fawn Creek, the tiny Minnesota hamlet where her parents landed after gambling away the family fortune. Two decades after her escape, she's on the brink of TV stardom as the newest Martha Stewart. All is well until she learns that, as the former Buttercup Princess of Fawn Creek, she's been conscripted to serve as the town's sesquicentennial grand marshal, a title she's to share with Steve Jaxx-the famed sculptor (and ex-con) who carved her bust out of butter twenty years before. Upon arrival she learns that the butter head, which her mom had stored in the barn freezer all those years, has been stolen and is being held for ransom. While the inept blackmailers barter, the butter head is slowly melting, and Steve is desperate to rescue the head before something he hid in it resurfaces. While the plot has a make-it-up-as-you-go feel, Brockway's talent for creating funny characters and a dead-on sense of place will keep romance fans enchanted." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In bestselling author Brockway's first contemporary romance, a renowned sculptor from New York City finds himself in Fawn Creek, Minnesota, carving heads of beauty pageant contestants out of dairy products. When the failed beauty queen he meets there has more going on in her head than he expects, together they discover what true happiness can be. Original.

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