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- Print Length: 219 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1534600639
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 21, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01HFJ48F6
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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How does the saying go? Because it fits me perfectly.
Always the bridesmaid, never the bride."
This was a wonderful tale that shows no matter how old you are, it's never too late for happiness.
Cassie hasn't had the best track record when it comes to men. Because of her past, she's not striving for a permanent future with anyone. It's not even on her radar. She prefers the company of men for just a little bit, but then, she can't seem to take the relationship any farther.
Who would have thought that the future she never pictured would come waltzing into her "all female" support group?!
"This is my court, and I control the balls on it."
When I was first introduced to Keith, I immediately loved him!! He was a perfect balance for Cassie. While Cassie was very straight-laced and all business, Keith was laid back and always ready with a comeback.
They didn't get off on the right foot, but as time passed, Cassie started to realize that maybe she can't control what her heart is telling her.
"I don't want a relationship. The closer you hold someone to you, the more it tears you up when they leave."
Not only was this a story about learning to love, but it's also a story of forgiveness.
I love that within Tracy's books she gives you a serious undertone that just grips your heart!
Cassie's past comes into her present and it sends her into an emotional tailspin. The way the story unfolds throughout the pages is wonderful. I enjoy slowly watching a character transform into the person they are supposed to be-not the facade that they try to hide behind.
"I guess sometimes you know when it's time to let go and no longer let your fears hold you down, but instead drive you forward."
This story also had some amazing secondary characters! My favorite is probably Lucille because I feel like she is the old soul I could hang out with:)
And then there's Lucas...Oh, man. I can't deny that I was a little attracted to him myself!! hehe;)
Once again, I am so pleased with another one of Tracy's stories!
They are lighthearted with a little bit of sass, and a whole lot of love within the pages!
Dating For Decades has it all! Humor, heart, friendships, love, forgiveness, and above all happiness.
Such a great read!!
"Right now, in this moment, I'm whole again."
Dating for decades focuses on Cassie. Cassie is a workaholic and a control freak, she doesn't do relationships and started a group for people like her who are older and can't keep a long lasting relationship. I liked the set-up of the group, although I would've liked to see more of it and get to know the other members more. But the book isn't about them, it's about Cassie. And while on some points I could relate to Cassie, on other points she really annoyed me. I can't even fully point out why or find a good word to explain, but there were lots of scenes were she bothered me. I never fully related or connected to her and I didn't quite like her, although there were scenes were I felt for her or liked how she handled things. She was almost 40 and could act quite immature at times. I also wish we would've seen a bit more introspection from her, as sometimes I had trouble figuring out how she felt about things. And maybe that was because she didn't let herself think about some things, but it was hard to get a feel for her emotions and why she did things at times.
One of the plot points in this book surrounds Cassie her mom, I thought it was very interesting how the author developed this plot point. I am still not fully sure what I think of it, but once it got brought up I was pretty sure I wouldn't be fully happy with how it got resolved as both possibilities didn't feel quite right to me. But maybe that's just me.
I thought Cassie her friends were a bit too pushy sometimes, which bothered me. It was easy to say from their point of view what she should do, but they weren't in her shoes and hadn't lived through her life. It did feel very realistic though and that brings me back to something I really enjoyed about this book, it all felt very real and realistic and I really liked that. Cassie struggles with committing and with her mom and she just felt like a real person.
I liked seeing Cassie change throughout the course of this book and while I am happy for her how I also wished we could've seen more of how she fell in love with Keith. Keith seemed like a nice enough guy, but I never felt like we got to see below the surface or really got to know him. We never saw his struggles or his personality. Although there was one scene later in the book were some of his personality shined through and how much he cared about Cassie. And that brings me back to my point of how this book is about Cassie. On the one hand I liked how we followed her and saw her journey, but on the other had I wished the other character came a bit more alive. Maybe this is also because I never fully connected with Cassie and having some other characters I did like might've made me enjoy this book more. I don't know.
And then there were some scenes at the end that made me feel. There was sadness, but also other conflicted emotions. The situation was quite the difficult one. I did like how Cassie handled things, but at the same time it wasn't fully satisfying and I don't know why. And then later frustration later on about something she did. She jumped to conclusions and I just wanted to tell her to stand still and think things through and talk things through. It was quite sad to see how she had hardened her heart and it did seem realistic she had trouble opening it, afraid to get hurt. It sure was a book that made you think and feel. About what family means, forgiveness, getting older and opening your heart. And how can't judge people until you really know them.
To summarize: this is a realistic story about a women who struggles with getting older and finding a long lasting relationship if her life. This book isn't as much a romance, but more Cassie her journey/ story. I liked seeing her develop throughout the course of the book, but on the other hand I also would've liked to see more of the side characters. There were some aspects were I could really relate to Cassie, but also things about her that I didn't like. And I never fully connected with her. There is also the whole plot surrounding Cassie her mother, which made me feel really conflicted and I knew that no matter how it ended I wouldn't be fully happy with it as it really is a difficult situation. This book did made me feel a lot, especially at the end. I really felt for Cassie and how she struggled and what she had to deal with. All in all I did enjoy reading this book, the writing style worked for me and it really made me think at feel at times. But I never fully enjoyed it and there were lots of small things and specific characters or scenes that bothered me or didn't quite work for me.
In the lead up to my own 40th birthday, I could relate to Cassie finding grey hairs, though thank god the chin hairs haven't started yet *looks very closely in the mirror from six angles just to check* Cassie was authentic; an imperfect stubborn character who won my heart.
There are some great quotes in this book and I found myself live tweeting them as I read. I also added them to Goodreads quotes - have a look and let me know which one is your favourite. I love the one with the bouquet of fingers ...