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The Dating Intervention Paperback – August 23, 2012
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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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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." (location 4752)
But the REAL dealbreaker for me was the ridiculousness of Vanessa's art success: a friend "took some digital shots back to New York and by the end of the week he had three paintings held for viewing and one sold without needing to see the original. It was the easiest $20,000 she ever made." (location 4954). I can accept that she has a friend who is "in" with the art community, but there's just no way that ANYONE would pay that for a first work from an unknown artist.
This was a very realistic fiction book, in that a lot of women can most likely relate to Vanessa. If you've been cheated on, raising a child, or children, on your own, I believe this is the book for you!
There were a few humorous dating moments in this one. Vanessa had the worst luck! A man obsessed with feet, a man with a girlfriend at home, huh! the list goes on and on of bad luck dates Vanessa went on!
At time I will admit I had problems with how she was. I believe she relied on her parents a bit too much to watch her two girls. I get that she wanted to date, and be with her friends, and she is a great mother to her girls, but I do believe she took her parents for granted a lot of the times. That bothered me a bit.
Her hesitation towards accepting Naseem fully into her life, got a bit annoying once in a while. I think she, herself, realized how was too though, which made up for it a bit.
I loved how she was an artist, because art is just such a great way to express yourself! Lynn Ricci, the author, herself is a writer! Which is awesome!
You can check out some of her work HERE!
Overall, I recommend this one to single mothers! However, it's also a good book overall if you're just looking for something fun, yet a bit realistic to fill your day!
I'm looking forward to getting started on her next book!