Big Girls Don't Cry


by Brenda Novak

Harlequin (Superromance)

Contemporary Romance, Category Romance

September 15, 2005

ISBN-13: 0373712960

Available in: Paperback

Big Girls Don't Cry
by Brenda Novak

Sometimes a "perfect" life isn't always what it seems...

Thanks to a sudden devastating revelation, Rena (Reenie) Holbrook's once perfect marriage is over. Her "perfect" husband lives down the street. Her "perfect" children are missing having their father as part of the family. Her "perfect" house has been sold. Even her dog acts like he's lost. Although she's always been on top, always been the one to show others how things should be done—now she's reeling and she doesn't know what to do about it.

She decides that the first step to recovering from her ordeal is to find work. She needs the money and the distraction. So she's thrilled when she lands a job at Dundee High teaching American History—until the man who triggered the unraveling of her marriage accepts a temporary position teaching science in the room right next to her. Then she's tempted to quit. She doesn't want to see him or his sister. They don't belong in "her" town.

But a friendship with the most unlikely woman leads to a relationship with the most unlikely man...

Brenda Novak's Bio

It was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak’s career as a bestselling author—she caught her day-care provider drugging her children with cough syrup to get them to sleep all day. That was when Brenda decided she needed to quit her job as a loan officer and help make a living from home. “When I first got the idea to become a novelist, it took me five years to teach myself the craft and finish my first book,” Brenda says. But she sold that book, and the rest is history. Her novels have made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and won many awards, including five Rita nominations, the Book Buyer’s Best, the Book Seller’s Best and the National Reader’s Choice Award. Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are proud parents of five children—three girls and two boys. When she’s not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually raising funds for diabetes research (her youngest son has this disease). So far, Brenda has raised $2.6 million. Please visit to see how you can help.