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Cheating to Survive: A Medical Romance (Fix It or Get Out Book 1) Kindle Edition

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"It uplifts you on so many levels it's difficult to know where to start. I could relate to almost every single scenario in this book. Clearly when you think you are going through something alone there are many other women going through exactly the same difficulties and emotions. The author brought out the characterizations brilliantly. There were so many times I knew exactly how the ladies felt.  I am sure that every woman in the world has experienced similar situations to a certain degree." Jackie Williams, Author of Silence of Scandal 

About the Author

I loved reading as a child, and looked forward to my father taking me to Barnes & Noble to buy a new book. At 10 years old, I was obsessed with Nancy Drew and collected over twenty of her books, devouring them in less than four hours, unable to wait for my next one. In 6th grade I wrote two novels, I called them The Linda Wells Mysteries. I wrote them in a battered spiral notebook, complete with several hand drawings! It was then that I decided I wanted to write a real novel one day. But when I graduated high school, the thought of majoring in English scared me. What would I do when I graduated? Sit home all day and write books? I was afraid, and with no guidance, I chose Nutrition as my major, and received a Masters in Exercise Physiology. My two other loves. Although I went on to love activities like weight lifting, rock climbing, white-water rafting and jumping out of airplanes, there was something missing: no real goal, no end point to reach for. One boring Saturday evening in September, I sat in front of my computer and decided to write. It became an obsession. Something I buried away for years had finally unleashed. It was my passion. Storytelling. Something I lost sight of as I traveled down my conveyor belt of a life. It was all I wanted to do. So here I am today, to let you know that I wrote 2 contemporary romance novels. One is now published and the other I plan to publish at the end of August with the hope that someone will love them as much as I loved writing them. Enjoy the Ride!

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  • File Size: 3169 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Alexandria Publishing Group (May 9, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 9, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K87TGG4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,717 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved reading as a child, and looked forward to my father taking me to Barnes & Noble to buy a new book. At 10 years old, I was obsessed with Nancy Drew and collected over twenty of her books, devouring them in less than four hours, unable to wait for my next one.

In 6th grade I wrote two novels, I called them The Linda Wells Mysteries. I wrote them in a battered spiral notebook, complete with several hand drawings! It was then that I decided I wanted to write a real novel one day.

But when I graduated high school, the thought of majoring in English scared me. What would I do when I graduated? Sit home all day and write books? I was afraid, and with no guidance, I chose Nutrition as my major, and received a Masters in Exercise Physiology. My two other loves.

Although I went on to love activities like weight lifting, rock climbing, white-water rafting and jumping out of airplanes, there was something missing: no real goal, no end point to reach for.

One boring Saturday evening in September, I sat in front of my computer and decided to write. It became an obsession. Something I buried away for years had finally unleashed. It was my passion. Storytelling. Something I lost sight of as I traveled down my conveyor belt of a life. It was all I wanted to do.

So here I am today, to let you know that I wrote 2 contemporary romance novels. Cheating to Survive and Every Five Years. I hope that someone will love them as much as I loved writing them.

Enjoy the Ride!
Please Follow Me on my Website here: http://christine-ardigo-author.com/
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By 1D82 Many on September 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I didn't know whether to laugh or cry through a lot of the book!

It uplifts you on so many levels it's difficult to know where to start. I could relate to almost every single scenario in this book. Clearly when you think you are going through something alone there are many other women going through exactly the same difficulties and emotions.

The author brought out the characterizations brilliantly. There were so many times I knew exactly how the ladies felt. Made me want to tear my hair out in frustration at their predicaments. The husbands are well portrayed without going over the top. I am sure that every woman in the world has experienced similar situations to a certain degree.

Some of the scenes are very hard hitting, but I felt that they were done very well. It's not until the women reach their lowest points that they can start to rebuild their lives and regain some dignity. There's also a lovely side plot with the ghastly Dept boss and a member of the kitchen staff. I wanted to bash a bowl of fried artichoke hearts over her thick head and then stuff her through a shredder!

If a book can make emotions like this come to the fore for the reader there is no way it can be other than brilliant. I can't wait to read more from this talented author.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By JLC13 on December 21, 2014
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I'm so happy that I chose to spend part of my vacation reading this fabulous, fun and oh-so-sexy book. Cheating to Survive is not your typical romance, but I believe it will resonate in some way with every woman on the planet. Infidelity is a very sensitive subject, and the author handled it beautifully and humorously. Personally, I don't condone stepping out on one's spouse, but I can certainly understand the temptation and impulse. In Heather, Victoria and Catherine's situations, I was actually rooting for their extra-marital affairs. All three were stuck in marriages that left them feeling disrespected, under-appreciated, undesirable and unloved. So, I couldn't help but be happy for them when opportunities for excitement, passion and fulfillment presented themselves. I will refrain from any spoiler alerts in regard to the ending. That's a pleasure to be discovered by other readers. Just know that Cheating to Survive is an excellent read from start to finish. I look forward to the next book in this series.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Celia Kennedy on April 8, 2015
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Faced with discontent in your marriage, what would you do? Ms. Ardigo takes on this truly difficult question. We meet three dynamically different women, each floundering about in the deep end of their marriage and wondering what will save them.

Each make the choice to explore a relationship outside their marriage, to find emotional or physical fulfillment. Heather is married to someone who places their individual achievements far above the needs and wants of his family. Victoria is married to her high school sweetheart and though she tries to stay connected, there is no doubt that they have matured into very different people over the past thirty years. Catherine's marriage problems stem from her past and her inability to cope with normal intimacy.

Ms. Ardigo takes us on a journey where we explore the inner workings of these women's minds and hearts and the value they place on family and love. In the end each woman comes to their own conclusions about how the future unfolds, and it is the honesty within their circle of friendship that helps them rescue themselves.

A truly well-crafted and emotionally conceived book that encourages us not to judge but to try to understand.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Teacher Mom on July 1, 2014
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Have you ever read a book and wished that you could take the characters out for coffee? That's how I felt reading Cheating to Survive. The characters were so likeable and clearly drawn that at times, I wanted to dive right in and join them. The author gives each character a clear voice and there was never any of the "who's talking now?" feeling that you sometimes get in a book that changes characters with each chapter. Even the secondary characters were well crafted. I could see in my mind's eye the smarmy doctors and the belligerent food service director. Kudos to the author for getting it right.

The book largely centers around a hospital. I found the setting to be fascinating as I am unfamiliar with the behind-the-scenes culture of hospital life. The author makes you believe that you are there. The details are so specific that you start to wish you were. There is a scene early on in the book that takes place at meeting at work. The characters are discussing National Nutrition Month. I'm not sure of that is a real event but the conversation about it is still sticking with me. I laughed out loud at the description of a fat and calorie laden egg sandwich made with only egg whites. The author is clearly poking fun at food fads and misinformation all the whole keeping the story going.

I like a book that makes me feel something and when I can empathize with the characters. I devoured Cheating to Survive in a weekend but it will stay with me for longer. Highly recommend!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sugar & Spice on January 2, 2015
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As an almost fifty-year-old woman myself, I thoroughly enjoyed reading a book that included the POVs of three women at different stages in their family lives, careers, parenting, and marriages. I could relate on some level with each of these women even though all three characters were distinct in their personalities, flaws, and strengths. The author did a terrific job of carving these characters out and making them three-dimensional with the variety of obstacles each faced at work and at home.

The issues and resolutions for all three women are quite different. We have Heather who just plain married the wrong man from the beginning. We find out that every five years she runs into the man she should've married--and no, he's not the one she cheats with. Then there's Victoria who is at the thirty year mark for her marriage. She and her husband have changed, drifted apart--a potential issue in any long-term relationship. She's progressed in life, matured, and he's remained in the past, basically unchanged from high school. Finally, we have Catherine who is the youngest in the story with three young children and a husband that doesn't seem to understand her--but we find she doesn't even understand herself, so how can he?

The scene that tugged the hardest at my emotions was near the end when we really hear Catherine's husband speak from the heart. Peter paints the picture of their relationship from his vantage point, starting with when they first met many years earlier, still remembering what she was wearing that night, and progressing to the present where they seem to have lost each other somewhere along the way. His words rang true, felt real, and made me like him, made me empathize with him and hope that they could work out their issues and move forward--together.
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