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Marking Time (Treading Water Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Marie Force
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Book Description

The Treading Water Series, Book 2

“Marking Time” continues the story begun in “Treading Water” as Clare Harrington begins a new life. She’s considered a miracle, but everything that’s happened since she recovered from a three-year coma has been something less than miraculous. Now left to grapple with the aftermath of a selfless decision, she is home from the hospital and trying to figure out what the next chapter in her miraculous recovery has in store for her. Meanwhile, her eighteen-year-old daughter Kate, a talented singer and songwriter, sets out to pursue her musical dreams in Nashville. Her parents have agreed to allow Kate to spend a year there, but they couldn't have anticipated Kate falling in love with a much older man. Her newly divorced parents are forced back together to confront their wayward daughter. Spanning from Newport, Rhode Island, to Nashville, Tennessee, to Stowe, Vermont, "Marking Time" is the story of new beginnings and new loves.

Of "Treading Water," reviewers said:

"Treading Water is a definite must read! Treading Water creates an emotional firestorm within the reader. It shines the light on the good and the bad in life and proves that one moment can change everything and it’s never too late to find love. Marie Force grabbed my heart and squeezed every ounce of emotion out of it but most importantly her monumental story left me blissful. Treading Water may be fiction but it gives me hope; hope in everyday people and happily ever after. I cannot wait for the next book in this trilogy, Marking Time." —Joyfully Reviewed, a "Recommended Read" for November!

"This isn't your typical romance where you're positive you're going to get the happy ending you were hoping for at the beginning. It will rip your heart out at times and having you weeping for joy at others. A stunning story about learning to love again and learning when to let go to those you love." —Night Owl Reviews, Reviewer Top Pick

The Treading Water Series
Book 1: Treading Water
Book 2: Marking Time
Book 3: Starting Over
Book 4: Coming Home

Editorial Reviews


As with any Marie Force book, you are immediately immersed in this storyline and connect with the characters. Once you start, you are hard pressed to put this down and you're smiling or holding your breath through all their ups and down. Another excellent read! —Marking Time, A Reviewer Top Pick at Night Owl Reviews.
"Marie Force has worked her magic once again with MARKING TIME. --Joyfully Reviewed, A Recommended Read.

About the Author

Marie Force is the New York TimesUSA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of 30 contemporary romances. Her New York Times bestselling self-published McCarthys of Gansett Island Series recently recorded its 1 millionth e-book sale since Maid for Love was released in 2011. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Fatal Series from Harlequin's Carina Press and HQN in print, as well as the Treading Water Series and numerous stand-alone books. All You Need is Love, book 1 in her new Green Mountain Series from Berkley Sensation, is out on Feb. 4, 2014. The second book, I Want to Hold Your Hand, will be out in June, and Marie recently agreed to a significant deal with Berkley for three more books in the series. In 2014, Marie will have eight mass-market print releases--the first five Fatal Series books from Harlequin and the first three Green Mountain Series books from Berkley. While her husband was in the Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland and Florida, and she is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island. She is the mother of two teenagers and two feisty dogs, Brandy and Louie. Join Marie's mailing list at for news about new books and other possible appearances in your area. Follow her on Twitter @marieforce and on Facebook at Join one of Marie's many reader groups by viewing the complete listing at Contact Marie at

Product Details

  • File Size: 2346 KB
  • Print Length: 410 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: HTJB, Inc. (November 27, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006FI51A0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,902 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed.... December 12, 2011
By Ann
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
First time to give a Marie Force bk less than 4-5 stars. Pulled me in right from the beginning, even had me in tears a time or two, read it in a day. Loved the Clare/Aiden story. Happy for Clare's HEA after all she'd been through. Didn't care for the creepy Kate/Reid story. Would have loved Reid for Clare, or Ashton for Kate. Couldn't get past virgin Kate having just turned 18 having instant sex/love with someone her father's age (definite need for some in depth counseling there!). You knew it would end badly from the get go. The 46 yr old Reid's first step into a romantic relationship being a longtime widower and he jumps straight in to instant love with an 18 year old? No way. Also bothered me a bit that all the characters here with a romantic story are in love at a glance, same as in Treading Water. Felt like I was reading a Lifetime movie with only a 2 hour time slot to get the story wrapped up quick.

The Aidan/Maggie dialogue about her being an adult 13 year old was too funny and adorably sweet. Aiden's family was a hoot and I look forward to more of them in Brandon's story. Didn't care for Clare and the adoption portion of the story either, like there aren't enough kids in this blended family already? Felt like Clare was trying to compete with Jack/Andi and it would've been a much better HEA to just leave Clare and Aiden to go riding off into the hot, sweaty, sexy sunset.

Sad that Reid doesn't get his HEA and he certainly deserved one with someone more his own age. Maybe he should move to Gansett Island and try his luck at romance there.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed reaction- loved parts, but hated others December 6, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
(mild spoilers) Let me first say that I love Marie Force books. I've read them all and thoroughly enjoy them. I had mixed feelings about Marking Time, however. While I loved Clare's second chance story, I was disturbed by Kate's story. I appreciate that it was not traditional, but frankly I was disgusted. I felt like I was reading "love scenes" that felt more like statutory rape. Yeah, Kate was legal by like a month, but does that really make a big difference? It didn't to me. I kept imagining if her birthday fell during her senior year and she was screwing her 45 year old math teacher or something. I thought it was just gross. Moreover, I think the Reid character was rather undeveloped. Are we supposed to forgive him because he's lonely and he has reservations about the whole thing initially? If you are a good person, you don't take advantage of your friend's 18 year old daughter who has survived a horrible tragedy. You just don't. I wish I could have had this book without what to me felt like an unnecessary, cringe-worthy B-story. But other than that, I really liked it. I love how Marie Force writes. She is one of my favorites for sure.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another vote for loved parts and hated parts December 14, 2011
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That Clare found the strength to make lemonade after life handed her lemons is a truly inspiring story. However, the whole Kate/Reid thing was pretty much repulsive and (fortunately) unbelievable enough for me to continue reading. Fathers of girls who attach themselves to father figures are either weak or missing. Jack was neither and I just couldn't buy it. Another gripe is Ms. Force's seeming preoccupation with economic class snobbery. Comparing millions....really? And the carpenter who's conveniently a Yale-educated MD so, heaven forbid, Clare wouldn't be marrying beneath her station.

Believe it or not, I CAN "suspend disbelief" but this one just worked on my nerves. Sorry. Still, I liked the O'Malley clan and Brandon offers "get real" potential for the final book in this series. I won't hesitate to buy it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marking Time...Hits the Mark December 11, 2011
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In this Continuation of Treading Water, we follow Clare Harrington while she tries to find her place in the world after missing the last three years of her life. She heads to Stowe, Vermont in hopes that some time away from "her home", will help her with her recovery, mind, body and soul. What she doesn't expect is to meet Aiden O'Malley, the handsome man she hired to restore her bothers vacation home. While Clare and Aiden learn more about each other, her middle daughter Kate heads to Nashville, Tennessee to try and "Make it Big" in the music industry. While living in Nashville, Kate falls hard for Reid Matthews, who was supposed to be looking out for her, instead of trying to keep his eyes off of her. But when their secret relationship is ripped wide open, will Kate be strong enough to stick up for what she believes is true, or will other Oppourtunities arise that will tear them further apart. all I have to say. Marking Time is a Kick Butt sequel to Treading Water. Just like with Treading Water, Marie creates a story that not only takes on through a sea of emotions but on an adventure from Stowe, Vermont to Nashville, Tennessee, back to Rhode Island.

I really enjoyed getting to know Clare as a person, and not just the girls mother. She needed to find herself again, not as Jack's wife, not as a mother, but as Clare, the woman. And boy...did Aiden help!! hehe! I liked their flirty banter, I liked to see Clare making a life for just "herself", where before, she was more involved in everyone elses life. She was able to heal and with the healing, find LOVE again, with a great man, who was lonely for way too long.

The book travels back and forth between Clare and Kate.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ... how people deal with life's unexpected tragedy and I enjoyed them...
This set of 4 books told a story of how people deal with life's unexpected tragedy and I enjoyed them all!
Published 5 days ago by Nancy Enos
5.0 out of 5 stars What is not too love!
After reading Treading Waters, I had mixed feelings on Clare. But I knew Marie Force would have me loving her by the time I read Making Time. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Marking Time is so much more!
Marking Time, by Marie Force, is the continuation a story where tragedy interrupts not only the lives of a family but a happy marriage. We often mark time as we live our lives. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
As previouly posted, great, interesting, very well written and LOVED IT. Thank you Marie Force for writing an awesome story!
Published 1 month ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Terrific read. Had to buy the whole series and am ejoying it very much. Marie Force does a nice job building her characters. Terrific summer series.
Published 1 month ago by Mary Beth Mitchard
4.0 out of 5 stars Marking time
Really a great book. Literally couldn't put this book down. Can't wait to start on the next book in this series.
Published 1 month ago by leeda38
5.0 out of 5 stars Aersome!
One of the VERY best series I have ever read!!! I was totally absorbed by the story and lives if the characters
Published 1 month ago by Colleen Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars It was riveting
I chose this rating because it could not put this book down.
I liked everything can't think of any dislike
I've recommended it to all my reading buddies.
Published 2 months ago by sherri
4.0 out of 5 stars What is next
It was very exciting could not wait to see what would happen next I just wished the sex was a little less vivid leaving it to imagination is a lot better
Published 2 months ago by Debbie Pfeiffer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Loved this book! I love Marie's writing. Couldn't turn the pages fast enough. This is the second book in the series.
Published 2 months ago by Kel
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Is there going to be Volume 6 in the Fatal Flaw series?
Mrs. Gloria M. Winfield asked Nov 12, 2012
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Yes, much more to come in the Fatal Series! Watch for Fatal Mistake in 2013!

Marie Force answered Nov 12, 2012

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