Christmas Awards 2011

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Turning Twelve-Thirty

Turning Thirty-Twelve by Sandy James

Publisher: Book Strand

December 2008

ISBN: 1-60601-214-2

Pages: 200

Jackie Delgado is turning what her and her friends like to term Thirty-Twelve. So on this birthday she makes a vow to make some changes in her life. Her youngest son just started college and she now has the house to herself. Finally putting her divorce behind her and trying to not let her ex bother her, she is ready to start living her life. Starting the new school year and getting ready to teach her classes she goes to the local office supply store, where she meets a man with two daughters one of which goes to the school where she teaches. Wishing she had the courage to act on her attraction to the father she lets the opportunity pass her by. When her friends try to set her up on yet another blind date she is at first very reluctant but finally agrees to go.

Mark Brennan is detective on the police force coming back to town after the death of his wife two years earlier. He sees one daughter off to college and sees the younger one starting high school. He agrees to go on a blind date only to find out it was the woman he met at the office supply store that he missed his chance to ask out. Realizing that he is getting a second chance with Jackie he decides to see where it can all lead.

As Mark and Jackie work through the problems of both having children from previous marriages they try to see just where they are heading. Mark tries to make Jackie see herself as he sees her but first has to get her over her low self-esteem. As Jackie dates Mark she is finding out that she really is over her first marriage and starting to see things in her life a lot differently than she has always seen them.

As Mark and Jackie fall in love they have to work through all the problems life is throwing and how to bring their families together and make things work. It is interesting to see how they handle each problem together and to see that when a crisis is thrown at both families how when it really matters they are there for each other and are willing to set aside their disagreement to be support for each other. This is great book that takes you on the emotional roller coaster as the character go through the emotions and you feel what they are feeling. This is definitely worth reading.

I give this one 4-1/2 red roses

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