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Product Details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146816063X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468160635
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,389,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lynn Ricci was born and raised in the Boston area. Her professional background is in financial communications and she pursues her artistic endeavors of writing and painting while enjoying an active family life with her two children and dog, Fenway. A writer of several published short stories including Daydreams, The Dating Intervention is her debut novel. More information on novels available and underway as well as samples of her artwork can be found at www.lynnricci.com.

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Lynn Ricci was born and raised in the Boston area. Her professional background is in financial communications and she pursues her artistic endeavors of writing and painting while enjoying an active family life with her two children and dog, Fenway. In the summer, she enjoys relaxing in Chatham on Cape Cod.

A writer of several published novels and short stories, The Dating Intervention was Ricci's debut novel released in 2012. Cursed, a paranormal romance, is her most recent novel, released December 2012. Short stories include Yankee Swap, released in 2013, and Signs ~ A Collection of Short Stories, released in 2013 which included the novelette Daydreams which was picked up for an anthology collection through Outskirts Press.

More information on novels available and underway can be found at
www.lynnricci.com.

Follow Lynn Ricci's Blog on Goodreads at
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6033758.Lynn_C_Ricci/blog

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I just finished the book this morning and LOVED it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle S Spina on January 10, 2013
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I just finished the book this morning and LOVED it! It was so much fun, and I got completely attached to the characters. I was pulling for Vanessa throughout, annoyed at her friends, etc., and being from the Boston area I really loved the attention to detail for the familiar places. You feel like you are there in every "scene." At first, the flipping back in time from the present was throwing me a bit, but once I got used to the pace, I actually liked it - it made me look forward to getting back to the present, or back to the past, with each switch. This is a perfect book for vacation or general reading to take your mind off things.

I'm looking forward to getting started on her next book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ravina Andrea Kurian on October 15, 2012
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I expected this to be a quick, fun read. It wasn't. The concept was interesting and something that happens to more people than we would care to know. But this book is peppered with editing errors which makes it an irritating, bumpy read.

For instance, as far as I know and in my humble opinion, it's "okay" not "OK"; 1 sentence is usually equal to about 12 to 15 words unless you have something very interesting to say. Even then, it should at least have a comma or a semi-colon. This book was filled with long sentences overflowing with adjectives; lastly, people are referred to as "who" not "that".

Then there's the jarring time jumps. Just when you're used to the story, you suddenly feel the brakes screeching as you're sidetracked to another bit of Vanessa's story.

I did like the way Lynn shared Vanessa's character. Readers were given the chance to sit with Vanessa as she discovered her inner-strength and steps out of her shell. It was an emotive, tender journey which is definitely worth reading.

Would I recommend this read? To any patient reader who doesn't mind a few bumps along the way.

Overall assessment:
Content: 4/5
Editing: 3/5
Formatting: 4.5/5
Pacing: 3.5/5
Offensive content?: PG to PG13, some adult themes are present.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author through Orangeberry Book Tours. I did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obligated to write a positive one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tah_Dah on October 3, 2012
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The book started off strong: A missed call means Vanessa learns of her husband's affair, and she throws all of his stuff out of the house. Sadly, it was downhill from there.

I found the author's general "jump around on a timeline" to be jarring - 3 years ago, 2 months ago, 10 years ago, etc. I understand that she was trying to help up understand the characters without giving everything away all at once, but it got old fast. She spent too much time on setting scenes and noting small details (Red Sox game on TV, curling receipt laying on the bar, anisette cookies with sprinkles) and it just bogged down the story rather than adding charm.

And then there's the relationship between Vanessa and Naseem. It's the cliche struggle to connect with one's soulmate, but I never felt that true connection between these two.

" (Naseem) 'I love you. I guess I have from the beginning. Since the first moment I saw you. I knew it when I was just an intern working with you and I have never cared for anyone else like I have you. I've tried not to because of this career dilemma and because YOU made it clear YOU wouldn't commit to more of a relationship because of the responsibilities in your life. I understood and respected this and hung on to what you were willing to give. I don't even want to THINK about how difficult it is to lose you again, but it's important to me and to my family that I continue to pursue the path I am on. I don't really have a choice.'

She sat at the end of the bed with her back to him. 'Naseem, I don't know what to say anymore.' The sound of defeat was in her voice. Although upset, she realized that by keeping her in the dark she had been able to enjoy these last few months but was beartbroken now knowing it was ending.
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By Raleigh Gurl on September 9, 2013
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I loved this book...I took my kindle with me everywhere so I could read it...I was really pulling for her lost love interest...pick it up you won't be able to put it down.
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Although I have never been in Vanessa's situation, a divorced mother, struggling to meet the demands of a professional career and the needs of young children, I was on her side from the beginning of the story, rooting for her and hoping for her to find love with a worthy man and a happy ending. Single women can, and do, have satisfying lives without men in them, but speaking as a long-time married person it seems that being able to share the joys, sorrows, and challenges of life with a loving partner makes life that much richer. The dating scene, as the author describes it, sounds like what single and widowed friends of mine have experienced. The dialogue throughout was snappy, witty, and true. Vanessa's friends sometimes annoyed me, although I understood that they had what they thought were her best interests at heart. But her friends wanted her to have exactly the lives they had to maintain their solidarity, but Vanessa needed to follow her own path. At all times you want the best outcome for "our heroine," even if that outcome is different from what her friends and relatives might have wished for her. I would have liked to have gotten to know her daughters a little better, as a single mother can be so torn between what her children want and what her own heart wants. The children could have had a slightly larger role in the story. I loved the rich detail about her friends, where they lived and the places they frequented. As I am somewhat familiar with the Boston area I enjoyed trying to figure out what was real or based on something real and what was complete fiction. Congratulations to Ms. Ricci for a fun and engaging first novel. I read it pretty quickly, yet was sorry to see it end. I look forward to reading her next novel.
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