Brandy, You're a Fine Girl

Romance - Historical
218 Pages
Reviewed on 04/11/2022
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Brandy, You’re A Fine Girl is a work of fiction in the historical, comedy, and relationship drama subgenres. It is suitable for the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Dee DeTarsio. The book follows the whirlwind life of Brandy as she schemes to marry the noble Elliot, who needs an heir before he turns 30. Faking her pregnancy to her new husband in order to maintain her comfortable life, the ruse is soon discovered, and her husband must complete his duty as a husband to save them both… if he can. Perhaps his best friend Beau can save the day, but as much as Brandy falls for him, there may be more to Beau and Elliot's friendship than Brandy realizes.

This book was an absolutely wild adventure telling the highly entertaining story of a woman doing what she can to have the best life possible. I was particularly impressed by the author's ability to take the song by Looking Glass that inspired the book and translate the lyrics into such a compelling romp through the life of the titular Brandy. Author Dee DeTarsio is an imaginative writer with gorgeous prose that keeps the tone of the story light and moves the events along at a suitably fast pace as the whirlwind dance of Brandy’s life plays out for the reader. Brandy is an outstanding and refreshing female protagonist who uses every tool in her arsenal to get what she wants out of life. She is constantly willing to improvise and push forward to pursue her goals, and she’s a leading character whom audiences will have no problem rooting for. Overall, Brandy, You’re A Fine Girl is a whirlwind comedy of sex and sexual politics that will hook readers from the first page and take them on the ride of their lives.

Vincent Dublado

Brandy, You're a Fine Girl by Dee DeTarsio is a tale inspired by the song of the same title written by Looking Glass lead guitarist and co-vocalist Elliot Lurie. Told from the point of view of Brandy the barmaid, it’s an exercise in creative license as the novel continues Brandy’s story from where the song left off. She has abandoned all hope that the sailor she has been waiting for will come home to marry her. If destiny doesn’t come to her, she might as well look for it. This is where she meets a nobleman named Elliot residing at Mondragon Manor. He desperately needs a woman to marry pursuant to the conditions of his inheritance. But tying the knot doesn’t free the couple from serious problems. Brandy must conceive an heir but she is having trouble getting pregnant. One of Elliot’s odd friends named Beau appears on the scene. Brandy falls in love with him and she becomes pregnant. Just when she is thinking of running away with Beau, more problems begin to crop up, as Mondragon Manor is on the brink of financial ruin. On top of that, Elliot and Beau are harboring a deep secret.

As a member of Generation-X, I am very familiar with the song on which this story is based, and the plotting and characterization definitely hit the spot. I love the way Dee De Tarsio brings it all together in a satisfying arc. Brandy, You’re a Fine Girl is an intriguing novel with an equally intriguing premise and characters. DeTarsio keeps all these elements alive by steering them safely through the waters of a storyline that, in the presence of some clichés, manages to create its own twists and turns. It’s a story that carries a flame, one that will resonate until the very last page with these three words: Vengeance is mine. This novel has the realism that fan fiction lovers are likely to devour.

Rabia Tanveer

Brandy, You're a Fine Girl by Dee DeTarsio is inspired by the song of the same name by the classic rock band Looking Glass. Set in the 1800s, the story follows Brandy, a young woman of ambition who was ready to say goodbye to her hard days and say hello to a brighter future. Working as a barmaid, Brandy knows her chances are very slim until she meets Elliot. A nobleman in dire need of a wife and an heir before his 30th birthday, he marries Brandy believing that she is already pregnant. Brandy thought her bad days were behind her until her secrets are revealed. While Elliot was a good husband, there was more to life than just living comfortably, and he also had secrets. The addition of Elliot’s best friend Beau makes things difficult for Brandy. She wants to be faithful to Elliot, her heart wants Beau’s love, but can she have it all?

I love classic rock, and anyone who enjoys popular music knows Brandy, You’re a Fine Girl by Looking Glass. Imagine my surprise to find a novel inspired by the song and written so beautifully at that! Author Dee DeTarsio brought Brandy to life and did justice to her character. As iconic as the song, Brandy was a force to be reckoned with in this story. Her character development drove the story forward, brought life to the plot, and made sure readers were invested from the very beginning. Elliot was far too soft for Bandy, but he provided her with temptation in the form of Beau. The tension between Elliot, Beau, and Brandy was too thick to be ignored. The flow was perfect, the narrative style was entertaining, and I loved every second of this fine story!