"Even as I sit here a day after finishing Starting Over
I have happy tears in my eyes thinking about how this trilogy ended.Hat's off to you Ms. Force for creating a stunning masterful trilogythat I will be recommending to everyone!"-
Joyfully Reviewed, A Recommended Read.
"Hat's off to you Ms. Force for creating a stunning masterful trilogy (now a series with the fourth book, Coming Home) that I will be recommending to everyone!"
--Recommended read from Joyfully Reviewed
From the Author
This is another book I didn't plan to write. When I began work on Marking Time, I had no idea I'd meet yet another character whose story would need to be told. When I was looking for a name for Clare's love interest in Marking Time, my friend Julie and I batted around a bunch of options. Travis was one of them (we ended up using that in True North). When we settled on Aidan O'Malley, I decided to give him a big, boisterous Irish family full of the joys, trials and tribulations that go with it. When we met Aidan's brother Brandon in Marking Time, he was in the process of hitting rock bottom in his struggle with alcohol. His story needed to be told, and thus, Starting Over was born.
During the writing of this book, I attended an Alcoholic's Anonymous meeting that ranks among the most powerful experiences of my life. I read The Big Book from cover to cover, and immersed myself in all things AA and Al-Anon. And while Brandon's alcoholism is a central theme in this book, it's not the prevailing theme. I like to think this book is about love--the sustaining love of a family, the love between a man and a woman and the love of a man for a little girl who quite literally saves his life. I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed writing it.