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The Do-Over [Kindle Edition]

Kathy Dunnehoff
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)

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Book Description

***National Bestseller with over 200,000 downloads! ***
The Do-Over...
Just before her fortieth birthday, Mara Jane Mulligan, devoted wife and mother, runs out of bubble bath, and the ensuing panic attack drives her to Canada for more. She realizes that one foamy soak probably won't cure what ails her, so she takes a 30 day vacation from her life. (What woman doesn't need one of those?) As her 30 days sail by, Mara Jane Mulligan discovers she has a decision to make that even Dorothy couldn't avoid... Will she click her heels for home or kick them up for good?

Read all Kathy's women's fiction:The Do-Over - what woman doesn't need a vacation from her life?
Plan On It - 6 men, 6 months!
Back To U - taking her daughter's place at college seemed like a good idea...
Hollywood Beginnings - 
(Now available as an audio book!) her mother was once a star, but does fame and love skip a generation?


 
Over 100 FIVE STAR reviews! "Make mine a Do-Over..."
The Do-Over is an IndieReader.com Top 10, a BookRooster.com Reviewers Pick and a Top Amazon Bestseller.

"The writing is witty, the plot clever, the theme universal. I can't wait for this author's next book!" P.A. Moore, author of Courthouse Cowboys (5-stars)


Kathy is the National Bestselling author of The Do-Over, Plan On It, Back to U & Hollywood Beginnings. She has
an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Montana, an encouraging husband, two creative daughters, and the ability to bring writing and life together with insight and humor. She teaches writing and creativity workshops, her screenplays have placed in numerous competitions, and she was a recipient of a Zola Award for fiction from the Pacific Northwest Writer's Association.







Editorial Reviews

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"Kathy's writing is filled with energy and promise and it feels as if at every other paragraph there's an "I've been there." Even though none of us would take a "vacation from our life" like Janie does, we can't put the story down because the thread continues to bring with it more and more we love to read."
   Dennis Foley, Author of "A Requiem for Crows"

"If you enjoy books with plenty of humor, and you can relate to how a harried woman might overreact if she ran out of her favorite bubble bath, then you'll definitely enjoy The Do-Over."

   Sandra Nachlinger, "Boomers and Books" Blog

"I gave The Do Over a very rare-for-me five stars. It is one of the very few books that I've read from new authors that I am fairly sure I will re-read someday. And I know I'll enjoy it then as much as I did the first time."
   Bobbye Land Hudspeth, "I Read That Book Too" Blog

About the Author

Kathy Dunnehoff is the Amazon Bestselling author of  The Do-Over, Plan On It, Back To U, and Hollywood Beginnings. Despite her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Montana, she finds herself warehouse shopping for ketchup way too often, blogging and tweeting about the mixed joys of mid-life, and guarding writing time from family invasion!

She teaches writing and creativity workshops, her screenplays have placed in numerous competitions, and she was a recipient of a Zola Award for fiction from the Pacific Northwest Writer's Association.

Product Details

  • File Size: 559 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Blue House Publishing (December 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00537STB2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,637 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Dare You November 3, 2011
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This novel invites all of us to take a chance, to make a leap of faith, and to try a new approach in our otherwise mundane lives. In The Do-Over, Ms. Dunnehoff rings a bell that incites a perfectly normal wife and mother to flee her suburban life for unknown parts in another country, all because an empty bottle of soap sabotages her bubble bath. We've all been there, at that 'final straw', the one tiny situation that snowballs into a tornado. Think Steve Martin in Father of the Bride when he only wants 8 hot dog buns instead of 10. Protagonist Janie Mulligan flees in the middle of the night to purchase more soap in a strange place where she knows not a soul. Yet there amidst the chaos of a small town, she finds something that's been eluding her for years: her purpose. Meanwhile, Janie's befuddled but tenacious spouse shows more patience than most when he follows her, along with his mother, to convince her their life is just fine the way it is. Like a typical guy who hates change, he just doesn't get it until ... well, that's the fun part! The writing is witty, the plot clever, the theme universal, and the feeling at the end, happy but realistic. I can't wait for this author's next book!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars every woman's secret fantasy... January 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
every woman wants to escape herself, be someone totally unlike her normal self, just for a little while.
mara jane mulligan has always been the good child, the faithful wife, the good (if slightly boring) mom... and one day she decides to get away from it all.
i found the book very sweet but powerful as it tells of a woman discovering her true self. it made me smile and giggle and also envy her alittle and wish that i had the courage to do what she did.

as i live in seattle and have been to gastown, vancouver, i found myself liking the author's thorough descriptions of gastown. :) they made me want to go there again.

this book is wonderful and i loved it... 5 heartfelt stars for this book, deservedly given.
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53 of 66 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Let Down May 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I purchased this book because it sounded interesting and got great reviews. I was very excited to start it; however, once I started reading that excitement quickly faded. This book is awful and drags on and on. The number of pages devoted to bubble bath is ridiculous. I tried to stick with it and hoped that it would get better. Unfortunately, it was very slow and got annoying. I usually like these fun, silly reads, but I finally had to give myself permission to stop reading it (I usually finish everything I read).
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This Book Needs A Do Over February 4, 2012
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The only reason I was able to bring myself to finish this book was the hope that at some point it would get good. This book "Flip Flops" more than a fish on the shore. For a "simple" read this was one of the most confusing story lines I have ever tried to follow. The writer goes every which way but to the point. I found Very little romance and almost No comedy at all in the book.....

The ending,if you can call it that,was like a jukebox that ran out of money. It just stops. Way to many unanswered questions. If you want to read a book that is sure to dissapoint than this is the book for you.....

The only reason I gave it one star is because there was no option for a half star........
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars UGH! Boring and selfish February 8, 2012
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Who doesn't think about a vacation from their life? We all do, so the idea of this book intrigued me. The main character, however, was not someone I could like or relate to. I had a very very hard time even finishing this book - it was boring and not at all funny or romantic. The ending was also unsatisfying. Find a good writer to read a good escape book - this isn't it.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing May 16, 2012
By tmj
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I thought the book description sounded fun and there were plenty of good reviews, but I was disappointed. It was not very well written, and it seemed shallow and immature. There were a lot of grammatical errors and bad transitions.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing ending August 3, 2012
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Disappointing ending, my book club rewrote the ending to this book 7 different ways because we were so let down.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! February 12, 2012
By Jan M
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I just finished "The Do-Over"........ OMG girl, where were you when I was raising my family?! I'm pushing 72 very closely right now but still want to jump in the car and drive to Vancouver, and meet and play w/ the "girls" at Abundance! I LOL so many times.........and will now download everything I can find of Kathy's. It makes me want to drive to Kalispell to take any class she may teach.....oh what a fantastic sense of humor! Anyone for a road trip? I have to find Abundance, where ever it is!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it, very funny and touching
Published 4 days ago by lorie moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
loved it!
Published 17 days ago by Rubyjo
4.0 out of 5 stars It is a lighthearted book intended to just for enjoyment. I really...
This was hilarious. It is a lighthearted book intended to just for enjoyment. I really like it and would recommend to any woman who is struggling with day to day woes.
Published 1 month ago by L. Klinefelter
5.0 out of 5 stars The Do Over
Ever wonder what your life would be like if you had done things differently. This story allows you to tag along on one woman's journey of escaping the perils of her life and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anjoyla
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting
Although I did finish the book, as I wanted to give it a fair shot, I could tell from the very beginning that I wasn't going to enjoy it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by B. Brymer
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. Enchanting
Loved the story line. How amazingly easy it was for her to have a mid life crisis,run away and have so much fun living another life for 30 days. Read more
Published 3 months ago by KIM BRO
5.0 out of 5 stars kept my interest
Maybe because Mara did what I SO wish to do! I don't need a Do Over, just a tweak now and again; read this one-- it is great
Published 3 months ago by Ramafan1
3.0 out of 5 stars Premise is great!
Loved the idea behind the story, and enjoyed much of the book, but the 'read' was S - L - O - W, even tedious at times. Kathy Dunnehoff needed a better editor! Read more
Published 4 months ago by GramBe
5.0 out of 5 stars Good light reading
this is a charming story of a woman who has just begun to question her life and what to do about it.
Published 5 months ago by Sandra.Richter
5.0 out of 5 stars Escape
Wonderful descriptions of everything from bubble bath to heartbreak. Loved the whole cast of characters. Kept me guessing. READ IT NOW!
Published 6 months ago by Sherry
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More About the Author

Kathy Dunnehoff is a National Bestselling author of women's fiction...

The Do-Over
***An Amazon Bestseller. Over 200,000 copies downloaded!***

"Just before her fortieth birthday, Mara Jane Mulligan, devoted wife and mother, runs out of bubble bath, and the ensuing panic attack drives her to Canada for more. She realizes that one foamy soak probably won't cure what ails her, so she takes a 30 day vacation from her life. (What woman doesn't need one of those?!)

As her 30 days sail by, Mara knows she has a decision to make that even Dorothy couldn't avoid... Will she click her heels for home or kick them up for good?"

Hollywood Beginnings - Now available as an audio book... read by the author!
"My mom starred in the most popular beach party movie ever made. Sounds great, right?"

But for Amy there was something not great about her mother's decision to flee Hollywood for Minnesota and never look back. Now, forty years later, mother and daughter return to the City of Angels where surprise endings and happy beginnings are born.


Plan On It
***A Zola Award winning novel - Pacific Writer's Association***

"It's a logical plan to Professor Hattie McLean. Date 6 men in 6 months and one will be the clear choice to father her child. But biology involves the heart as well... even if she didn't plan on it!"

Back To U
"When Gwen hits the big 4-0, her husband leaves and her daughter takes off with a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band. Taking her daughter's place at the university seems like a good idea until she runs into the reason she dropped out twenty years before... and he's also found his way Back To U."


Kathy Dunnehoff, National Bestselling author of The Do-Over, has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Montana, an encouraging husband, two creative daughters, and the ability to bring writing and life together with insight and humor. Her screenplays have placed in numerous competitions, and she was a recipient of a Zola Award for fiction from the Pacific Northwest Writer's Association.

Kathy lives in Northwest Montana where she is currently working on her next novel, screenplay, cup of tea, or writers' conference!







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