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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bewrite Books (August 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904224946
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904224945
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,853,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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January 18

I wonder why I shy away from commitment. I have the example of Fiona and Christopher, but I know not all relationships are like that. My parents have been married—I assume happily—for forty years. My grandparents are going on sixty-three years. I never see them argue, and I'm reasonably certain that none of them have cheated.

I haven't had a lot of experience with divorce. Only two of my cousins are divorced. My sister divorced her first husband after two years of marriage, but she remarried three years later. They've been together for seven years now, and seem just as in love as the day they met.

Maybe I don't trust what I've seen because it seems too perfect. Who knows what ugly secrets they hide from the world? My dad might have a mistress, and my grandfather could be an abuser. My mother might be a secret gambler, and my grandmother could be a control-freak. Maybe Dana and Tom only stay together for their children.

It's not that I don't want a man. I just haven't met one that I trust enough to join our futures together permanently. I've come close a couple of times. I lived with Christian during college, but then he got that job in Singapore, and I didn't want to go with him. I always felt apathetic about a future with him anyway.

And let's not forget Steven. He was a huge mistake. He came along when I was twenty-eight, shortly after I'd declared, "I'll die if I'm still single when I'm thirty-five." He seemed perfect, and I allowed my desperation to blind me to his faults. His quick temper, vicious tongue, and excessive drinking. When he proposed, I almost said yes. Something held me back, and I got to see the true side of him, without my blinders. Refusing to marry him cost me a night in the hospital, two broken ribs, and a black eye. A small price when compared to what years of marriage might have cost me. After I was discharged, I vowed not to enter another relationship just because I didn't want to be alone.

I know not every man is like Steven. There must be a good man out there. I just have to keep looking. But I'm getting older every day. My eggs are withering as the time passes, and I know I want a baby. How much longer should I continue to look for Mr. Right before I skip him and go straight to motherhood? It's a tough question.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "tteditor" on December 4, 2002
By TT reviewer Teresa Bushek
When Lara Branson turned thirty, she gave up on finding "Mr. Right". Now, with thirty-five approaching at lightning speed, she settles for "Mr. Tonight".
Lara begins the New Year hung over and reminiscing about the previous night's activities by recording them in her new journal, a Christmas present from her best friend, Fiona.
Fiona's life reads like a soap opera: legally separated from her husband after she caught him having sex with her sister in a guest bathroom on Thanksgiving.
After contemplating her odds for marriage at her age, and listening as her biological clock tick-tocks like a time bomb, she decides to try artificial insemination. She sends away for a donor catalogue and begins to pick and chose through the options.
Only she keeps her decision to have a child on her own a secret.
Her parents would be shocked, and vocal with their disapproval. Especially her overbearing mother whose only goal in life seems to be to see Lara get married.
When the third attempt at insemination "takes" and Lara's pregnancy test comes back positive, she longs to confide in Fiona. But before she has a chance, Fiona drops her own personal bombshell: her sister is pregnant with her husband's child. To make matters worse, Fiona herself is unable to have children.
Lara struggles with the day-to-day routines of running her own business, dealing with her meddling mother and the never-ending comparisons to her "perfect" sister, and the secrecy of her unborn child which includes the not so glamorous first trimester.
The last thing she needs in a man in her life. Or is it?
When Lara meets the man of her dreams (well, fantasies), her world and her ideas about marriage turn upside down.
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