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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
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Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series, which has sold more than 2.3 million books, and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books, which has sold more than 1.2 million books. In addition, she is the author of the Green Mountain Series as well as the erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the slightly modified name of M.S. Force. All together, her books have sold more than 5 million copies worldwide!
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Brandon is finally getting treatment and we get to see him sturggle with his alcoholism and coming to terms with what he has done to his friends and family. Once Brandon comes to terms with his alcoholism he must learn to live his life without alcohol. Brandon's first order of business out of rehab is to earn the trust he has lost with his family and his co-workers. Brandon's Dad puts in charge of the remodel of an apartment building he owns and it is there that Brandon meets the loves of his life and a reason to stay sober not only for himself but for those who love him.
Daphne and her daughter Michaela "Mike" has some secrets of their own, but when Mike sets her sites on Brandon to make him theirs, he has no choice but to fall in love with Mike and her mom. I completely fell head over heels in love with Mike and Daphne. But, will the start of something wonderful for Brandon be the thing that sends him back to Jack Daniels.
I do not even know if I can put into words what I felt for this book and these characters. I was touched in so many ways. I felt like I might be reading my Aunt and Uncle's love story and with her recent passing it only touched me more. Brandon has had so much hurt and anger in his life that he has kept in that I was affaid that I was going to have to watch him fail again and again with his alcoholism, but that was not the case. Brandon worked the steps and finally saw what he was missing by not living a sober life. Marie takes the reader on a wonderful journey with Brandon, Daphne, Mike and the whole O'Malley clan. There is just something about Marie's writing that draws you and and stays with you long after you finish the book. This book will make you laugh and cry and leave a lasting impression on you. This book left with the feeling that no matter what life throws at you, you can over come it, and anything is possible when you have love in any form. Thank you Marie Force for three wonderful books that will stay with me for a long time to come.
Daphne and her daughter Mike have been on the run from Mike's grandparents for years. Daphne has finally found a place that feels like home and a person she would like to share her life with. But her fear of what may happen continues to stand in the way of her own happiness. Can Brandon and Daphne find love and comfort in each other's arms? Will Daphne's baggage drive Brandon back to the bottle?
Starting Over is the third book in the brilliant Treading Water trilogy from Marie Force. Upon finishing Starting Over I find myself completely overwhelmed by the myriad of emotions that are swirling around me. I must confess that when I started this story I was a bit disappointed that the Harrington family was not going to be front and center. While reading Treading Water and Marking Time I became so attached to all of them I couldn't imagine how Ms. Force could make me fall in love with a character I barely know and who left a horrid impression on me in Marking Time. Yet she did! Brandon O'Malley is a broken man when Starting Over begins. He's gotten so lost in his own pain and resentments that he can't find any happiness. I never thought I would enjoy a story that features a character in rehab but those scenes of Brandon with his therapist were so powerful I had to take a break after reading them. I could feel his pain so deeply I just wanted to give him a hug. I wanted him to see how great life could be if he would let go. Daphne and Mike are the perfect balm for his soul. It is impossible to read Starting Time and not fall in love with little Mike; her heart is so big and she's such a straight shooter. Daphne and Brandon make beautiful music together! I love this couple so much I can hardly stand it.
One thing I love about Ms. Force's writing is that it's unpredictable. Ms. Force keeps things real while putting her characters in situations that unfortunately have negative consequences at times. Starting Over is about much more than romance between Brandon and Daphne; it is literally about Starting Over. Brandon must learn to live in his new reality and heal the fractures he has made within his family. I love that Ms. Force takes the reader not only through the recovery of the alcoholic but also explores what it is like for the people who love the alcoholic. I love Colin's journey in Starting Over. He has many burdens yet he is the one who tries the hardest to understand his brother's alcoholism and figure out how to help him. Brandon doesn't always appreciate Colin's help but that doesn't stop him from trying. I am so happy Colin got a little romance in his life as well!
The Treading Water trilogy which features Treading Water, Marking Time and Starting Over will forever hold a special place in my heart. Marie Force takes the reader on an unforgettable journey through the lives of some very passionate and remarkable characters. I will always remember the laughter, the love and the tears that flowed while reading these stories! Ms. Force's characters are inspired! 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 trilogy that I will be recommending to everyone!
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His father gives him a restoration job at some apartments that he owns so he can take his time getting back on his feet. He also needs time to show everyone that he can be trusted again especially the workers at O'Malley and Sons. Brandon has a very loving and supportive family and we really get to know all of the O'Malley's in this book. Let me warn you, your going to fall in love with them.
But in this story who would have guessed that a fabulous five year old would immediately steal Brandon's heart (and mine)and teach him how to love. See Daphne and her daughter Mike live in one of the apartments and they have some problems that need to be address as soon as he takes the job. They also have a secret of their own. Which really brought some excitement to the story that I wasn't expecting. Mike and Daphne really help Brandon become the man he was meant to be.
The Best part of this book was the epilogue and I have to admit that this was one of the best I've read. You will need to have a box of tissues next to you when you read this epilogue because its going to grab your heart......Very Best.