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Starting Over: Treading Water Series, Book 3 (Volume 3) Paperback – December 17, 2011
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"The finale to the Treading Water trilogy was an enchanting lesson in ensuring a low point in your life doesn't define the person you become. It is wonderfully written with characters that envelope you in their world. This book is an excellent ending to a series of books that truly pulled at my heartstrings." ―Night Owl Reviews, A Reviewer Top Pick
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
I can honestly say that Brandon stole my heart in this book and I think might hold onto it for a while. I tend to be a woman who always went after the man who needed to be "saved". So in Starting Over I found myself feeling so bad for Valerie, Brandon's ex, who put so much of herself into the relationship with a man who was lost. The book starts out with a lot of heavy baggage and as the book goes on, we are able to join Brandon on his road to recovery, shedding the pain and resentment along the way.
I wanted so bad for Brandon to find his HEA, to find someone who would accept him fully, as is, and Daphne was just the person for the job, even tho she tried her hardest to stay away. But when your five year old daughter falls for a man who looks like him...ummm yummy, how can your defenses not be lowered.
Marie Force created an amazing story with Starting Over that gives us hope that no one is ever lost, they just need someone to care enough to find them.
When you think this book can't get any better, you'll arrive at the Epilogue and find you were oh so wrong! It's simply terrific and will touch your heart deeply. I highly recommend the entire "Treading Water" trilogy because it is outstanding from the first word through the very last word.
This book is more than a love story- more than that, I loved watching Brandon in his recovery, making his amends, and truly learning so much. I loved Colin and how he understood that alcoholism is a family disease and that it affected everyone.
The rest of the O'Malleys are what you would expect from a large, Irish Catholic family! I loved them!
I recommend this book highly and if I could give it six stars I would!
Keep the tissues VERY handy when you start this book because you are going to need them. A very harsh look into Brandon's past and there were several times I had to put this down and come back to it because I couldn't see the words through the tears. The story is very compelling and it was good to see Brandon find himself in this book. Very good read!
I loved the way the epilogue was written and how far along in the future it was. Yet, it was perfect for this story. I also really enjoyed how the relationships of the other characters were followed, how the author linked them to the other books while still making this book mainly about Brandon.
Kudos to the author for such a heartwarming and truly moving and accurate novel. A great addition to this series.