The Merry-Go-Round Paperback – July 19, 2010
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 8.5 ounces
- Paperback : 236 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1453688013
- ISBN-13 : 978-1453688014
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.54 x 8 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 19, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,445,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I purchased a copy of the novel The Merry Go round by Donna Fasano and this review was given freely.
A fast paced and easy flowing second chance at romance novel with a few bumps along the way but a happy ending. Just when stress over money and lack of communication with her estranged husband Greg, her delayed divorce, and her hypochondriac father bring her to the breaking point the independent Attorney Lauren receives everything she thought she wanted. Helping to restore the antique merry go round she received helps Lauren to slow down, and with a few nudges from father and friend she realises that what she wants and is truly important is what she pushed away.
Written with attention to pacing and characters, the story unfolds to present a series of surprises for Lauren. When the judge awards her a barn that her ex-husband had not mentioned in the assets statement for the divorce proceedings, Lauren finds an old merry go round, still glorious despite the grime and neglect. The carousel is a perfect metaphor for the story, neglected beauty and joy, travelling only in circles and tarnished brass detracting from its glory. Lauren spends much of the book doing just that, relying on her anger, hurt feelings and incorrect assumptions to keep her travelling in one single circle, never looking up or out. As the layers of grime are removed, and the renovation of the merry go round begins, Lauren begins to lose her crust of anger and hurt, and starts to look at her own behaviour as potential cause of her unhappiness.
The narration by Margie Lenhart was a perfect accompaniment to the story: modulating her tone and pacing slightly to indicate the different characters, without overreaching and making it feel forced or overworked, her words brought characters well defined by the author into brilliant bas relief, and the book was a joy to listen to.
For me, there is no requirement that every romance have a happily ever after, but this one does, in a sweetly described scene that left a smile on my face. While the book contains adult themes, and even references to sex, there was no swearing or overt sexual descriptions, this was a sweet read with allusion and reader imagination working to fill in the blanks.
You won't go wrong with this story for a quiet afternoon listen or read, and you may just find it was your best decision all week.
I received an AudioBook version of the book from the author in exchange for honest review as part of The Heard Word promotion at I am, Indeed. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions were my own responsibility.
Thirty-eight-year-old lawyer Lauren Flynn harbours a lot of resentment toward her soon to be ex-husband, Greg. All she wants from him is his signature on the divorce papers. Or at least that's what she tells herself.
While I didn't feel that this was a comedy, it was one of the best romances I've read in a long time. Engaging story with strong, real people. Lots of sexual tension but no gratuitous sex scenes. Balanced pacing with no flat spots.
I didn't warm to Lauren straight away, but the more I got to know her, the more she grew on me. In the beginning, she came across as quite hard and bitter, but I soon discovered that was only a veneer and brittle at that.
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Lauren is a girl who think she knows her own mind but soon realises she doesn't. She's too wrapped up in her career to see that those around her need her attention.
Great characterisation throughout, loved the romance behind the merry-go-round element too.
Highly recommended from an author who makes the reader care about the characters.