- Paperback: 260 pages
- Publisher: Vanilla Heart Publishing (May 14, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935407791
- ISBN-13: 978-1935407799
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,754,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Years of experience as an actor on daytime drama. Stage, spokesperson and commercials plus writing sketches for Air Force shows helped prepare me for the wonders of a writing career. Of course, I didn t realize it at the time when immersed in the written words of others, that I was like a sponge, soaking up how to construct a scene, write dialogue, and paint the setting. My writing effort came later when I wrote a two page story, sent it to son, Paul who commented, Cool. Can you write ten pages? Seemed impossible but the story poured from my fingers and seventy thousand words later, I typed The End. I kissed my acting career goodbye, leaving on a high note with the lead in an Off Broadway play, The Fourth Commandment author Rich Knipe. It was great fun and time to move on. Movies like Working Girl , Road to Wellsville and having the pleasure of Anthony Hopkins company at lunch, working with Mike Nichols in Regarding Henry and singing outside with Harrison Ford, crying with Gene Wilder over loss on another set, When Harry Met Sally with the whole gang singing It Had to Be You. Lots of fond memories. My first job as stand-in leg model for Geraldine Ferraro in a Diet Pepsi commercial with Secret Service men guarding her and her daughters. A sweet time.
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Pat, a lawyer with mysteries surrounding much of his past, stirs a spark of life in Emily that gives her courage to be someone she's never been before. He brings joy, fun, and love into her life, different from that which she shared with her late husband.
Input from family, friends, and the predatory Clifford Lansdale makes Starting Over thought provoking as well as captivating. It is a story with humor and complications, but most of all it is a story of a woman learning to be independent for the first time as she picks up the pieces of her past and embraces a new way of life only to have more shattering woes befall her.
The reader shares a poignant, vicarious experience with Emily that is realistic and heartbreaking at times, but joyful and full of hope at other times. How Emily handles the stages of grief is evocative. Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, Emily absorbs the blows of life, accepts the inevitable, and survives to thrive.
The secondary characters are remarkable in so many ways. They add subplots and a wealth of emotions to the main story that helps the reader realize that Emily is not living in a vacuum without support and, of course, a few adversaries.
Charmaine Gordon does much more than just tell a delightful story with romance and sizzling love scenes. She also gives the reader a peek at how grief influences a surviving partner and how that person copes. Starting Over is a celebration of life.
Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
This fascinating story is filled with empowerment, romance, intrigue and emotion. It is captivating. I cried and cheered, I sat at the edge of my seat and I will always remember these characters.
Emily Kendrick learns to put one foot in front of the other and live her life to the fullest. Great story.