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Starting Over (Treading Water Series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Marie Force
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Book Description

Book 3 in the Treading Water Series

In a drunken stupor, Brandon O'Malley frightens his brother Aidan's girlfriend, enraging his brother and the rest of his family. Aidan offers Brandon the choice of rehab or jail, and Brandon reluctantly enters treatment. While in rehab, he confronts the lifetime of secrets and resentments that fueled his spiral into alcoholism, and these revelations have a major effect on his entire family. When he returns home expecting to resume his supervisory role in the family’s construction business, Brandon learns his father has retired and put his younger brothe, Colin,r in charge. Brandon is unhappy to be given the job of renovating an apartment building where he loses his heart to an adorable five-year-old tenant named “Mike.” After he falls hard for Michaela, Brandon becomes involved with her mother Daphne, who is running from a past that will later test his sobriety and his mettle as a man.

"The finale to the Treading Water trilogy was an enchanting lesson in ensuring a low point in your life doesn't define the person you become. It is wonderfully written with characters that envelope you in their world. This book is an excellent ending to a series of books that truly pulled at my heartstrings." —Starting Over, A Reviewer Top Pick, Night Owl Reviews.

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

Editorial Reviews


"Even as I sit here a day after finishing Starting Over I have happy tears in my eyes thinking about how this trilogy ended. Hat's off to you Ms. Force for creating a stunning masterful trilogy that I will be recommending to everyone!"—
Joyfully Reviewed, A Recommended Read.

"Hat's off to you Ms. Force for creating a stunning masterful trilogy (now a series with the fourth book, Coming Home) that I will be recommending to everyone!"
--Recommended read from Joyfully Reviewed

From the Author

This is another book I didn't plan to write. When I began work on Marking Time, I had no idea I'd meet yet another character whose story would need to be told. When I was looking for a name for Clare's love interest in Marking Time, my friend Julie and I batted around a bunch of options. Travis was one of them (we ended up using that in True North). When we settled on Aidan O'Malley, I decided to give him a big, boisterous Irish family full of the joys, trials and tribulations that go with it. When we met Aidan's brother Brandon in Marking Time, he was in the process of hitting rock bottom in his struggle with alcohol. His story needed to be told, and thus, Starting Over was born.
During the writing of this book, I attended an Alcoholic's Anonymous meeting that ranks among the most powerful experiences of my life. I read The Big Book from cover to cover, and immersed myself in all things AA and Al-Anon. And while Brandon's alcoholism is a central theme in this book, it's not the prevailing theme. I like to think this book is about love--the sustaining love of a family, the love between a man and a woman and the love of a man for a little girl who quite literally saves his life. I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2874 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: HTJB, Inc. (December 17, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,687 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brandon will steal your heart..... December 22, 2011
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I have to agree with a few of the other ladies that said Starting Over was their Favorite of the Treading Water Trilogy.

I can honestly say that Brandon stole my heart in this book and I think might hold onto it for a while. I tend to be a woman who always went after the man who needed to be "saved". So in Starting Over I found myself feeling so bad for Valerie, Brandon's ex, who put so much of herself into the relationship with a man who was lost. The book starts out with a lot of heavy baggage and as the book goes on, we are able to join Brandon on his road to recovery, shedding the pain and resentment along the way.

I wanted so bad for Brandon to find his HEA, to find someone who would accept him fully, as is, and Daphne was just the person for the job, even tho she tried her hardest to stay away. But when your five year old daughter falls for a man who looks like him...ummm yummy, how can your defenses not be lowered.

Marie Force created an amazing story with Starting Over that gives us hope that no one is ever lost, they just need someone to care enough to find them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes and No.... December 28, 2011
By Ann
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Yes -(4 stars) Definitely enjoyed Brandon and the story surrounding his troubles with alcohol and journey to higher ground. The scene with him at the cemetery was a heart grabber and a Kleenex moment. No - (2.5-3 stars) Didn't care for the whim, wham of the (and I hate to say this because I love Marie Force's books) sappy love stories here. Again, as with Marking Time I feel like this story was another Lifetime movie and these lives are on a quick time table to meet fall head over heels in love and marry in a 2 hour allotted movie. I adore Marie Force but these last 2 books were disappointing making me wonder WTH?!? For instance with Brandon/Daphne...would an already freaked out parent allow their 5 yr old child to get in a car to go to someone else's house with a man they hardly know!?!!? That was a definite stretch. And Colin and Meredith!?! Are you kidding me?!? I meet you, I love you, I want to marry you - after one date?!? Over the top sappy. Both couples love stories were just too unbelievable for me.

Down but not out, I know I can count on Marie Force to deliver with Nick/Sam come Fatal Flaw in 2012, or with the Gansett Island crew. Not overly disappointed that out of the 17 of her books read only 2 disappointed, that's not bad at all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! An incredibly emotional book from Marie Force December 22, 2011
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Starting Over is the last book in the Treading Water trilogy. This is a highly emotional novel. I found it actually difficult to read the first 8 or 9 chapters because I was crying so much. Brandon O'Malley is early in his recovery from Alcoholism and you experience his struggles and his working of the 12 steps of AA. When he meets one of the tenant's daughter, Mike. She immediately steals his heart. He falls in love with her mother, Daphne. The proposal scene is utterly romantic. If you love a big family you will love the O'Malleys and if you read the first two of this series I know you will love this one. This is an incredibly emotional novel and I want to congratulate Marie on handling the topic of alcoholism so professionally and so accurately. So many out there suffer from this disease and this book displayed how not only the victim but also their family and loved ones can overcome this horrible condition. Lastly the epilogue has to be one of the best I have ever seen in a book. It really ties everything up neatly, which you often don't get.
I recommend this book highly and if I could give it six stars I would!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Triple the "Force" December 19, 2011
By Anne W
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An excellent conclusion to the "Treading Water" trilogy. Once again, Marie Force offers her readers another extraordinarily interesting and entertaining storyline which includes sizzling romance and intriguing characters who'll make you cry, laugh and love right along with them. "Starting Over" features Brandon O'Malley who, despite his refusal to acknowledge he has a drinking problem, lands in rehab after he attacks his brother's girlfriend. Getting his life back on track is going to be harder than he thought. But when he meets Daphne and her daughter, "Mike" who have secrets of their own, life begins to take on new meaning and make sense once again. The author demonstrates her versatility and talent by creating a story that will draw the reader's attention from the beginning to the ending. The relationship that builds between these three characters is quite compelling and endearing.

When you think this book can't get any better, you'll arrive at the Epilogue and find you were oh so wrong! It's simply terrific and will touch your heart deeply. I highly recommend the entire "Treading Water" trilogy because it is outstanding from the first word through the very last word.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as I thought it would be .. December 19, 2011
By Mo
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Marie is an automatic buy for me. I have never read a bad book by her. Loved the first two books in this trilogy and was really looking forward to Brandon's story. Love these Irish guys (well second-generation Irish). All the characters are great and I must say the AA theme was very interesting and Marie definitely did her research there. Would highly recommend this. I think Marie is now writing full-time so hopefully it won't be too long before her next book is out. So glad this was released early ..... The Epilogue is mentioned by some reviewers - definitely a tearjerker. LOVED IT. Now I wish it wasn't released until December 27th so I could have it to look forward to! Might have to re-read it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars treading waters 3. kept you interested.
If you like any of Marie's books, you will love these as much as any of the others. I can't put them down.
Published 4 days ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Starting Over
great set of books I enjoy all of Marie Force series.
Published 21 days ago by Mountain gal
5.0 out of 5 stars Another WINNER
Marie Force keeps the story going in Book 3. I LOVE the family, the setting and the drama! She always hits it out of the park and I love to read her stuff. A winner!!!
Published 23 days ago by Marcy Garrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book! All of the Marie Force books are great. Eagerly waiting for new ones to come out. Read it, you will like it.
Published 1 month ago by JamieD
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good book!
She does it again! Marie Force has you buying in to the characters SO much you not only don't want to put the book down, you don't want the series to end! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sci/Fi Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
I love these books written by Marie Force. I cried more in starting over, than the others, even though I read it more than once. Great reading.
Published 1 month ago by Irva Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Marie has done it again. I loved the book and she had my emotions everywhere. I laughed, loved, hated and most definitely cried with this book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jenni
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME SERIES
I recommended the entire series of Treadying Water. It was very good and interesting to read. Enjoyed thoroughly. Can't wait to read more of Maire Force. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book by Marie Force!
I have just recently discovered this author and I love the way she writes. Loved this book. It was a great love story. I was hard to put the book down.
Published 1 month ago by Debbie Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Starting Over
Marie Force does it again. Her Treading Water series is the best. All of the books in this series so far are heartwarming and touching. Read more
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More About the Author

With more than 2.5 million books sold, Marie Force is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of more than 30 contemporary romances. Her New York Times bestselling self-published McCarthys of Gansett Island Series has sold more than 1.3 million e-books 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, 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, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller in February 2014. The second book, I Want to Hold Your Hand, will be out in June, and the third book, I Saw Her Standing There, is coming in November. 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. Her most recent book, Fatal Jeopardy, book 7 in the Fatal Series, released on March 24, 2014, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. She recently agreed to a major three-book deal with Berkley for her upcoming contemporary Quantum Series, featuring Hollywood heavy-hitters who are determined to remain single until love changes their plans.

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.

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