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In Debbie Macomber’s delightful take on Beauty and the Beast, an idealistic teacher and a mysterious mogul prove that opposites do attract . . . all the way to happily ever after.   Unspoiled by the trappings of wealth, Judy Lovin shunned the family fortune to take a job teaching preschool. But with her father’s empire on the verge of collapse thanks to a hostile corporate In Debbie Macomber’s delightful take on Beauty and the Beast, an idealistic teacher and a mysterious mogul prove that opposites do attract . . . all the way to happily ever after.   Unspoiled by the trappings of wealth, Judy Lovin shunned the family fortune to take a job teaching preschool. But with her father’s empire on the verge of collapse thanks to a hostile corporate takeover, Judy reluctantly rides to the rescue. Her negotiations bring her face to face with the beast himself, a ruthless tycoon who takes what he wants—and what he wants is Judy. Shocked at her attraction to a man she was prepared to loathe, Judy agrees to his terms: alone time with him at his island getaway.   Sexy, smart, and ruggedly untamed, John McFarland lives by his own rules. He’s never met a woman as pure and kind and lovely as Judy, who seems so fearless in the face of the demons that haunt him. As John’s rough edges soften in the magic of the moonlight, and as he learns to listen to his own pounding heart, this beast comes to believe in the one thing he convinced himself he could never have: love.   Praise for Debbie Macomber   “No one tugs at readers’ heartstrings quite as effectively as Macomber.”—Chicago Tribune   “The reigning queen of women’s fiction.”—The Sacramento Bee   “It’s impossible not to cheer for Macomber’s characters. . . . When it comes to creating a special place and memorable, honorable characters, nobody does it better than Macomber.”—BookPage   Published by Debbie Macomber Books


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In Debbie Macomber’s delightful take on Beauty and the Beast, an idealistic teacher and a mysterious mogul prove that opposites do attract . . . all the way to happily ever after.   Unspoiled by the trappings of wealth, Judy Lovin shunned the family fortune to take a job teaching preschool. But with her father’s empire on the verge of collapse thanks to a hostile corporate In Debbie Macomber’s delightful take on Beauty and the Beast, an idealistic teacher and a mysterious mogul prove that opposites do attract . . . all the way to happily ever after.   Unspoiled by the trappings of wealth, Judy Lovin shunned the family fortune to take a job teaching preschool. But with her father’s empire on the verge of collapse thanks to a hostile corporate takeover, Judy reluctantly rides to the rescue. Her negotiations bring her face to face with the beast himself, a ruthless tycoon who takes what he wants—and what he wants is Judy. Shocked at her attraction to a man she was prepared to loathe, Judy agrees to his terms: alone time with him at his island getaway.   Sexy, smart, and ruggedly untamed, John McFarland lives by his own rules. He’s never met a woman as pure and kind and lovely as Judy, who seems so fearless in the face of the demons that haunt him. As John’s rough edges soften in the magic of the moonlight, and as he learns to listen to his own pounding heart, this beast comes to believe in the one thing he convinced himself he could never have: love.   Praise for Debbie Macomber   “No one tugs at readers’ heartstrings quite as effectively as Macomber.”—Chicago Tribune   “The reigning queen of women’s fiction.”—The Sacramento Bee   “It’s impossible not to cheer for Macomber’s characters. . . . When it comes to creating a special place and memorable, honorable characters, nobody does it better than Macomber.”—BookPage   Published by Debbie Macomber Books

30 review for Some Kind of Wonderful: A Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bree Hill

    I was nervous going into this Debbie Macomber classic because the last one *Starlight* that I read, I unfortunately didn't like. This one I ended up loving though. This is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. Judy is the main character. A young woman from New York City whose family has money but she eventually learns her father's business isn't doing so well. Her father gives her a hard time, feeling like with the money attached to their name, Judy could be doing so many things with her life rather I was nervous going into this Debbie Macomber classic because the last one *Starlight* that I read, I unfortunately didn't like. This one I ended up loving though. This is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. Judy is the main character. A young woman from New York City whose family has money but she eventually learns her father's business isn't doing so well. Her father gives her a hard time, feeling like with the money attached to their name, Judy could be doing so many things with her life rather than choosing to work as a preschool teacher. Judy's father gets an ultimatum from a business rival, John McFarland to either send Judy to his isolated island in paradise or he's basically going to buy his business out (or something like that.) Judy overhears her father and brother discussing this and they are dead set against it! Her father can't stand John. But Judy doesn't want her father to lose his business so she volunteers herself to go. Judy goes to the island and for the first few days John is pretty standoffish, completely playing into her father's idea that he is a "beast," but he eventually relaxes and obviously..eventually a love story ensues. Back when I read Starlight I felt the love interest was a complete douchebag for no reason. For some reason, it just didn't click for me why he was the way he was and I felt the main character was so stupid for putting up with his stuff, but in this book I felt like Judy was very intelligent and saw right through John's antics and just did such a good job of being patient. With Starlight I felt that main character really just didn't get it sometimes but with Judy I felt that she always knew John was putting up a front and trying to keep this hard exterior and just waited for him to on his own tear the barriers down he was putting up. John was able to see how not only much happier he was with Judy around but also how happy everyone else became. Judy has this moment late in the book though that she recognizes the situation for what it is and John puts up a fight but eventually has to make a pretty touch decision..to let her go or continue to keep her there. This was great. I sped through this, I didn't want to put it down. There is something very hopeful when reading Debbie Macomber's novels. I loved it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    Some Kind of Wonderful is the second book in the Legendary Lovers series by popular American author, Debbie Macomber. A New York socialite (Judy Lovin) agrees to go to a Caribbean Island owned by magnate John McFarland when it seems to be the only way he will refrain from destroying her family’s business. McFarland has a reputation as a Beast; Judy’s father often calls her Beauty. If the reader can get past the totally unlikely scenario of a woman being somewhat benevolently held prisoner on a t Some Kind of Wonderful is the second book in the Legendary Lovers series by popular American author, Debbie Macomber. A New York socialite (Judy Lovin) agrees to go to a Caribbean Island owned by magnate John McFarland when it seems to be the only way he will refrain from destroying her family’s business. McFarland has a reputation as a Beast; Judy’s father often calls her Beauty. If the reader can get past the totally unlikely scenario of a woman being somewhat benevolently held prisoner on a tropical island (which is, in 1988, when the book was written, really quite questionable), then this is a tale with some sweet romance and a bit of heartache. For a powerful businessman, McFarland is very unworldly when it comes to relationships; Judy is far too sweet to be real. Not the best Macomber can do.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Monique Pearson

    Beauty Bests The Beast I love modern retellings of fairytales. This one was sexy and captivating. I know it's an older one for Ms. Macomber and I'm glad I found it. I have a couple more like this to read of hers and I'm excited!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Heaton

    In Macomber’s romance novel, preschool teacher Judy Lovin values family and friends over wealth and notoriety. But when her father’s business goes under, a powerful enemy steps up to help on the condition that she joins him on his remote Caribbean island. John McFarland is a recluse and loner with the reputation of being difficult and overbearing. Accepting his offer, Judy does join him and to her surprise, he is handsome and caring and very misunderstood. What a wonderful romance in a romantic l In Macomber’s romance novel, preschool teacher Judy Lovin values family and friends over wealth and notoriety. But when her father’s business goes under, a powerful enemy steps up to help on the condition that she joins him on his remote Caribbean island. John McFarland is a recluse and loner with the reputation of being difficult and overbearing. Accepting his offer, Judy does join him and to her surprise, he is handsome and caring and very misunderstood. What a wonderful romance in a romantic location!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Vibliophile

    Consistently mixed bag [modified review based on the one for Fairytale Romance: A Collection of Debbie Macomber Classics] This, according to some reviewers, was apparently originally written earlier in Macomber's career. This modern Beauty and the Beast retelling has a premise that's not even remotely credible, but it does a bit better at trying to develop a relationship between the two protagonists than the first book's insta-love. Beauty is a total marysue & Beast is a wounded soul, but this f Consistently mixed bag [modified review based on the one for Fairytale Romance: A Collection of Debbie Macomber Classics] This, according to some reviewers, was apparently originally written earlier in Macomber's career. This modern Beauty and the Beast retelling has a premise that's not even remotely credible, but it does a bit better at trying to develop a relationship between the two protagonists than the first book's insta-love. Beauty is a total marysue & Beast is a wounded soul, but this fairytale trope is a conversion story at its heart, & has always been one of my favorites so I must confess to some bias. There are several instances of verbal abuse by the guy that will probably freak out moderns, but the heroine's way of dealing with him *contextually* is reasonable & better for both of them, not just herself. Most of it reads like YA fantasy. A mix of possible with implausible & occasions of cringe. And a lot of manufactured angst. Even early Macomber is good at quick-sketching fairly likeable characters, though she stereotypes a lot. And despite the dross, there are clever and funny things that she incorporates into her stories. I found that skim-reading let me skip a lot of the extraneous & redundant material (which I found included most of the kissing scenes, sadly), and focus more on the actions & dialogue. So, this qualifies as a tolerable time passer when you've nothing better, but if you're checking Macomber out for the first time to find out why she's so popular, this is definitely not where you want to start. *Clean romance level: passionate kisses

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joyce A. Reid

    The right kind of wonderful! It feels so good to be enjoying Debbie Macomber books again! I've tried many authors and read scads of books, but none of them compare to yours. Thank you for leaving things to my own imagination in the love scenes. And thanks also for making such believable characters in your stories. Keep 'em coming, dear heart!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Aiello

    Beautiful setting however, there should be no excuse for bad behavior. It was a beautiful setting however the main protagonist was verbally abusive. Even with writing a fictional story, we have a responsibility to those who will read this story. We should never tolerate unacceptable behavior. The limited growth of the character did not justify his horribleness.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cecilia Rodriguez

    The story starts in New York City and then goes to a private Caribbean island. Thirty-six year old John McFarland is a wealthy businessman who manipulates twenty-four year old Judy Lovin to be his guest. Macomber's version of Beauty and the Beast edges close to being slightly creepy, but John manages to have redeeming qualities.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Douglas K Mosier

    A wonderful and deep love story. I couldn't put it down. A wonderful and deep love story. I couldn't put it down. It is the story of a woman forced to an island and ended up loving the man who forced her to come

  10. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    A classic Beauty and the Beast with a nice twist. Debbie Macomber is a very creative romance writer. The characters are both interesting, somewhat predictable and it is a book you will want to read more than once.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carol Grant

    Endearing As usual Debbie Macomber has written another good story. Her characters are interesting and entertaining. The romance is entertaining without being mushy. I was entertained from beginning to the end.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kurt A. Viegelmann

    Exciting and interesting. I highly recommend this book to read. It is about learning how to communicate and trust each other. The romance in the story is learning how to communicate and trust each other.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Cute but predictable romance.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Connie McIntyre

    Great adventure. Another very successful story by Debbie Macomber that any age group could read and enjoy. Good clean story for the entire family.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Donna L.

    Book is pretentious This book is not reflective of the writing skill we are used to in Debbie Macomber. Plot is shallow and silly.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Yes, I read this. I kept hoping well for something other than the super predictable. Help!!! I need something to read!!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Denise Carle

    Fun Book This book kept my attention to the very end . It was very reading. The plot was very simple and intriguing.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Susan Crovo

    I love it It was great book from beging to the end one of flavor just like beauty and beat i read whole book on a day too

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cleone Wible

    Beauty and the beast Even though I knew the story and how it would end, I enjoyed every word. I guess I'm a sucker for fairy tales!

  20. 4 out of 5

    W.

    Great Reading A modern day Beauty and The Beast story. Very entertaining. Light overcoming darkness is a challenge but the road to victory is worth the wait.

  21. 5 out of 5

    V. Gene Drake

    Fun t p Fun to read. I always like her books and will look for others Wonderful to ::) ave the talent for writing she has.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    A quick easy read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kym

    Yuk! Why do women like mean men!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Powers

    Modern day fairy tale Great story that goes along with a fairy tale. Nice modern version! Loved the characters. Wonderful story of the good in everyone?

  25. 4 out of 5

    Andge (Down the Rabbit Hole)

    Re-read Some Kind of Wonderful was a modern retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast tale. However, it just didn't satisfy very well in comparison to the Macomber's work with her Cinderella retelling in Cindy and the Prince. The "Beast", John McFarland, was truly horrible to get along with half the time. This made liking him and seeing his "love" for Judy as a little far-fetched at times. Maybe he tolerated her because she was "nice" and all, but falling in love? I just didn't feel the chemis Re-read Some Kind of Wonderful was a modern retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast tale. However, it just didn't satisfy very well in comparison to the Macomber's work with her Cinderella retelling in Cindy and the Prince. The "Beast", John McFarland, was truly horrible to get along with half the time. This made liking him and seeing his "love" for Judy as a little far-fetched at times. Maybe he tolerated her because she was "nice" and all, but falling in love? I just didn't feel the chemistry very well. It also didn't help make matters any better as I didn't particularly love the protagonist. Sure, she's kind and sweet to children, tolerant of John and truly cared for her family enough to do what was needed, aka a huge sacrifice on her part. But, even with all these attributes, she was...two-dimensional. She didn't feel very real to me. Maybe because she was too perfect? I don't know. But this story has left me with a strange taste after finishing it. Overall Recommendation: Although a rather quick read, possibly because it was a little too short to gather much momentum, this modern retelling was by far lackluster, even given a second read. It doesn't get better, and the unbelievability of such characters made it hard to fathom the depth of their "love" for each other by the end of the story. Just take it at face value in trying to maintain some of the dynamics seen in the classic Beauty and the Beast, and maybe that would be enough to help digest this.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    I have read the updated version of the story. This story took me a couple chapters to get into. I enjoyed but its not my favorite book by this author. The character were ok after you get past the first 2 chapters. But after awhile it got really good for me. It wasnt as good as other books. But the plot and all I loved. They didnt mesh as well as they should. Overall I like it though. This is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. Which I love that story so much. I do think she uses the word Beauty an I have read the updated version of the story. This story took me a couple chapters to get into. I enjoyed but its not my favorite book by this author. The character were ok after you get past the first 2 chapters. But after awhile it got really good for me. It wasnt as good as other books. But the plot and all I loved. They didnt mesh as well as they should. Overall I like it though. This is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. Which I love that story so much. I do think she uses the word Beauty and Beast way too much in this story. But overall a good story. I highly recommend all Debbie Macomber books because they are all good and enjoyable.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    I love the story of Beauty and the Beast, but this version annoyed me. The romance was cliched and corny; I had to roll my eyes more than once. This was some of Macomber's earlier work and I could tell in the writing; it was more simplistic and very repetitive. I wasn't crazy about the narrator, either. There was a bit of language and more passionate kissing, but pretty much clean.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 1.5. I’m willing to suspend a whole lot of belief for a retelling of a fairy tale. But this one? I couldn’t handle the characterization of Judy. Stockholm Syndrome is real, and any modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast needs to do a much better job of addressing it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    rivka

    2.5 stars Cute retelling of Beauty & the Beast, but everything resolved to quickly and magically at the end. 2.5 stars Cute retelling of Beauty & the Beast, but everything resolved to quickly and magically at the end.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Similar fairy-tale-in-modern-setting idea as "Cindy and the Prince"; slightly more realistic, but only slightly! Additional back-story and character build-up might have helped...

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