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Condemn Me Not [Kindle Edition]

Dianne Venetta , Jaxadora Design
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Bound by friendship, two women find themselves at common crossroads, struggling with choices both past and present, career and home.

Simone Sheridan and Claire Atkins have been friends since college. Upon graduation, they took off in different directions, forging separate paths through motherhood. Neither planned to look back on the road they traveled with regret—yet that's exactly what’s at stake when their daughters issue opposing proclamations with regard to college.

Both mothers battle the news, but soon come to learn they must change course, or lose the sacred relationship between mother and daughter. But change is not an easy task when Simone and Claire unexpectedly find themselves staring down their choices, confronted by the same question: Where did I go wrong?

Product Details

  • File Size: 469 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BloominThyme Press (January 18, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,328 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Struggles Shared by Moms February 6, 2013
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The author has captured two issues that almost every mother faces: how to effectively incorporate work-life balance without regret and how to react when a child's dreams for her future differs from her mother's plans. Vennetta effectively exposes the hearts of the two main characters as they deal with a variety of struggles drawing the reader into the fray. I found myself voicing my opinion, in my head, of course, as the scenarios played out in the book. I couldn't wait to see how the struggles played out at the end. Reading this novel was a primer for when my Tween girl starts to make decisions regarding her future.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I really tried to like this book and couldn't February 18, 2013
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Maybe I just don't like the method of telling this story - I couldn't find any interest in any of the characters, and I couldn't make myself read past chapter 2. Maybe I never attempted to live my children's lives and never tried to keep them so close they'd suffocate......Wow! That says a lot about how I feel about these two mothers! I can't recommend the book for anyone who believes in giving children strong roots so that they can develop wings to fly.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a winding road of emotions January 13, 2013
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The extraordinary author, Dianne Venetta, has included something for every mom in this page - turner. As a mother of two boys, this takes me back to trials of my youth with my parents. God bless them for putting up with me! Dianne offers a look into the roller coaster ride between hopeful parents and the independent young women that every parent of girls hopes to raise. There IS SOMETHING for every woman in this book!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Devin
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The so called drama in this story, two friends whose daughters decide to choose paths different from what the mothers hoped for them, wasn't the life-shattering tragedy that Venetta tried to convince the reader it was. In addition, she wasted many pages on the issue of stay-at-home mom verses career mom. She beat that horse to death rather than actually provide the reader with a reason to want to finish reading her book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It felt like a lecture. March 15, 2013
By js33
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Actually, I skimmed most of the book. It never grabbed me. And I was in the middle, I worked part time when raising my children and had great success when I rejoined the business world. It just dragged from one side to the other. I couldn't really like either woman involved, And the illness - the book was way off on that. I deleted from my library.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Condemn Me Not March 5, 2013
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This story is about two friends who make different choices in their lives. One mother is a stay at home Mom, the other is a bsiness women, who seems to puat her job before her daughter. Choices made by the daughters has the mothers questioning if they were good parents. They do not want to lose control of the daughter. Leukemia shows up in the stay at home mom, baut the business women decides the daughter is more important than a promotion. Families are the most important thing in life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Good Hallmark Channel Movie June 22, 2014
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I was hoping for more depth to the story. Very predictable, over the top flowery phrases and stereotypical characters made this a disappointment. It would make a great TV movie - family tensions, friendship conflicts, grand themes of life's dreams and regrets. Great for someone who loves these types of books and stories, but too fluffy for my taste.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Condemn me not November 14, 2013
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Very enjoyable reading. Good character development and growth. Nicely expressed perspectives on a relevant issue fit nicely into the storyline. My only criticism is that I wish the book was longer!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The never a.answered questin
I gave this book a 4 star rating as I believe it was well written and covered both sides of child raising. I think this one answered it the best. Read more
Published 1 day ago by jeanne
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I love reading. This story is one that held my attention.
Published 6 months ago by Ramona K. Bishop
5.0 out of 5 stars Condemn Me Not
Two friends with daughters graduating face real crises. One an ambitious career woman, the other a stay at home mom. Both daughters make alternate plans for after graduation.. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Crystal
3.0 out of 5 stars 2 Friends, different lifestyle choices
I found this story of an improbable friendship engaging. It was a portrait of relationships. Was it great fiction? No. Was it a pleasant read? Yes.
Published 11 months ago by DeNell Benner
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting plotline
Balancing life. What everyone strives for and some master it and some don't. But every one's balance looks different. Simone and Claire learned that through the book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Fatcatsbaby
2.0 out of 5 stars ok
the story line was ok but it was a very predictable storyline. I was almost tempted to not finish the book because I knew what would happen in the story.
Published 13 months ago by mdonn
4.0 out of 5 stars CONDEMN Me Not
I liked the book. The story was good and about the conflict of a working mother and a stay home mother thing every woman deals with.
Published 18 months ago by DOROTHY
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Dianne is a talented author! All of her books are must-reads! :) She has several books available for download! Check them out!
Published 20 months ago by Wanda Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars!
I received a copy of Condemn Me Not by Dianne Venetta in exchange for an honest review.

Two women, who have been friends since college, Simone and Claire, have lived... Read more
Published on April 29, 2013 by Sara Palacios
4.0 out of 5 stars Way too real!
This was a hard book for me to read. It's one of my greatest fears and it wasn't easy to see two mothers who raised their daughters in completely opposite ways grappling with the... Read more
Published on April 26, 2013 by Gina Hott
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More About the Author

Introducing my new SILVER CREEK series...

Set in a fictional ski resort town in Colorado, eco-minded heroines face treacherous threats in the rugged landscape, explosive deception and scandalous ploys as they strive to engender real change in the world. The first novel in this romantic adventure series, NOT WITHOUT YOU, has just released!

Book #2 ~ BECAUSE OF YOU just released!

Dianne Venetta lives in Central Florida with her husband and two children--and her part-time Yellow Lab (Cody!). An avid gardener, she spends her spare time growing organic vegetables. Surprised by the amazing discoveries she finds there every day, she wondered, "Who knew there were so many similarities between men and plants?"

What began as a brief hiatus from writing has blossomed into an ever-expanding home garden and blog at -- stop by and share some tips!

When she's not knee-deep in dirt or romance or mystery fiction, Dianne contributes garden advice for various websites (a crazy existence to be sure). But at the end of the day, if she can inspire someone to stop and smell the roses--or rosemary!--kiss their child and spouse good-night, be kind to a neighbor and Mother Earth, then she's done all right.

Her debut novel, JENNIFER'S GARDEN received 4 1/2 stars from RT Book Reviews, May 2012!

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