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The Dating Intervention [Paperback]

Lynn Ricci
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Book Description

August 23, 2012
Sometimes life can get in the way of love. A novel about enduring friendships, and second chances at love and life.
Vanessa had it all: handsome husband, two beautiful children, a lovely home, and a successful career. She was living the dream life she and her friends fantasized about as girls over hot fudge sundaes...until her husband miss-dials a call and throws her plans for the perfect life off track.
Now recently divorced, Vanessa attempts to re-kindle a love interest from her past but lets down her walls too late.  Her well-meaning friends decide an intervention is in order, soon discovering dating post-40 is harder than it seems. The dating pool they once knew has become a puddle, with each blind date being crazier than the one before.
Will Vanessa ever be able to live a life that makes her happy? Or will she regret her decisions and go running back to the world that she once knew?

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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

Product Details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146816063X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468160635
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,789,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Tah_Dah
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a fun and engaging read! 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable! December 15, 2012
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Overall, I truly enjoyed this one! I admired the main character, Vanessa very much! Being a single mother, working full time, and just trying to get her feet back out their into the dating world in her early forties has to be difficult!

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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Concept But ... 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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Published 17 months ago by Adrianne Reuther
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
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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Published on February 24, 2013 by Maggie Girl
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Published on December 7, 2012 by Julia A Geyerhahn
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
This book was alright but had a little too many details in some areas and not enough in others. Kept my interest enough to finish the book though, so that's good.
Published on November 22, 2012 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars The Dating Intervention
The Dating Intervention is not the best story I have read. The story is too predictable. I would not rate this book high on my romance list of reads.
Published on October 28, 2012 by Christine Lee
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Romance books do not generally hold my interest - no mystery, no plot, no surprises. This was definitely NOT the case with The Dating Intervention! Read more
Published on October 12, 2012 by Kathryn
5.0 out of 5 stars Relatable to men
So I walked into a little cafe' for a scone and a coffee and saw a woman having a book signing. Saw the title "The Dating Intervention" and after talking with her a bit I thought I... Read more
Published on October 12, 2012 by Dadams
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