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People Watching in Silicon Valley
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still unsure, but i couldnt stop reading....
posted by H_Batista on September 17, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 26, 2009
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My first book by Lolly Winston.
I like this book except for a few things.First of all,if you know the person who you are training and a client is married.Why would you want to involve yourself.Why bother?You shouldn't be dating your client.Just stick with being his trainer.Not at ALL!PERIOD!Conflict of interest.I'm glad that Ted's wife found out about his affair.She had every right what she did.She invited the mistress over and pretending to be a potential future client.Gina the mistress had no idea that it was Ted's wife.The look on Ted's face and Gina's face when he went to answer the door.He shouldn't have been cheating on his wife.Gina should have stopped seeing Ted.But she continued to flirt with Ted at the gym by putting his finger in her mouth and sucking on it.Plust wearing these skimpy outfits and grinding on Ted's groin.He enjoyed it and he felt himself get harder and harder.No matter what,he and his wife should have been able to work things out.He and Gina cont. to see each other.He finds out she has a son.Her son Toby likes Ted.Toby wants Ted to marry Gina.He bought Toby a matchbox car and a videogame.She says she enjoys having sex with him but she doesn't want her son to get hurt by Ted.Why is he buying his mistress's son gifts,when he's trying to reconcile his wife?What's wrong with Ted?Elinor had every right to get mad at Ted b/c Toby called the house.Ted moved out.He still saw Gina and her son Toby.He should have been honest with his wife from the beginning.Before things got out of hand and the he had this affair.This mistress of his can't seem to get enought of the Married man.Ted seems that he can't get enough of his Mistress Gina.He wants them both.They go to marriage counsceling.When you take your Vows,you should respect them.They are sacred and you said them in the eyes of the Lord.He hangs with Gina and Toby.When Toby is asleep,the two has sex and Ted leaves before Toby awakens.Gina dates other men but all she thinks of is Ted.A miracle happened,Elinor got pregnant.Ted moves back in and he's a different person.He tells Toby to stop calling b/c his wife isn't feeling well and he doesn't want to stress his wife.Elinor miscarried-again.Gina wants to find a male figure for her son to look up to.She picked Ted.She's in search of a Tutor since Ted left to go back to his wife.He stopped being Toby's tutor.She's meeting Elinor's cleaning guy,Roger as a Tutor.Her son is very smart.He thinks that all the guys she brings home are boyfriends.The men in Gina's life hasn't been the best.Barry the concert promoter,buys her expensive gifts.Shane who is in a band,has a problem with drugs and alcohol.She only thinks of Ted.Ted is married and she doesn't seem to care.
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Posted July 18, 2008
First Read of this Author
This book was on the bargain table and looked interesting. While it is chick lit, it tells a beautiful story of relationships, loss and finding happiness in yourself rather than others. The characters are all quite unique and the story line compelling-read it in a day. Can't wait to buy her first book 'Good Grief' and read it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 12, 2008
Posted December 8, 2007
Could not put this book down!
Happiness sold seperately...like Good Grief...is a very 'real life' book. It's impossible not to relate and love each of the characters. I read this book in 1 day and wish that it never ended!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 12, 2007
Posted August 15, 2006
Posted July 8, 2006
astute character study
In Northern California Ted and Elinor Mackey seem to have the perfect marriage until she discovers her spouse is cheating on her with his single mom trainer, Gina Ellison at a time when she has undergone hormone treatments so they can have a baby. Surprisingly, the forty years old Silicon Valley lawyer understands why her podiatrist spouse is having an affair as their sex life is zero between her conceiving endeavors, a miscarriage, her work, and the laundry her drive is nonexistent. In fact he has supported her emotionally all the way. Gina is an intelligent person who believes she loves Ted, but is not sure he fully reciprocates as he obviously has feelings for his wife. However, Gina is concerned with Ted¿s kindness towards her ten year old son, Toby, who sees the podiatrist as a heroic nurturing father. Elinor decides to confront Ted, who ends the affair while pondering whether to end his marriage as he and his wife separate in his mind they already had separated. Elinor begins dating tree doctor Noah Orch while Ted returns to Gina. Four individuals are caught in interconnected dysfunctional relationships that cannot continue with the status quo. --- This astute character study hooks the reader because the key players making up the rectangle behave human with needs that enhance their flaws. The story line avoids being a morality play as no one is condemned for their behavior though Ted and Gina know their relationship could end up having an adverse impact on her preadolescent child. Readers will appreciate this strong family drama as Lolly Winston offers no easy solutions to the complexity of human relationships. --- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 2, 2009
A TOUCHING READING OF A MOVING STORY
Lolly Winston is a generous author as we learned in her debut novel 'Good Grief,' the story of a recently widowed woman. Her characters are fully imagined and she treats each with respect as well as sympathetic understanding. With 'Happiness Sold Separately' listeners are allowed to hear the feelings of each of the three main characters in their own voices, adding poignancy to this story of three nice people who find themselves in what seems to be an untenable situation. As she nears 40, Elinor Mackey has already had what many would consider to be a successful life. A college graduate she enjoys a fulfilling career. Problem is it's not fulfilling enough as she and her husband, Ted, long to have children and she is told by doctors that it is simply too late. They've been through all the tests, which has left them exhausted both physically and emotionally. With this, what seems to be the end of their hope for a child, each copes in his and her own way. Elinor withdraws, becomes inaccessible, and Ted seeks to work out his frustration at a gym. His trainer is Gina, a beautiful, sympathetic single mother with whom he begins an affair. Realizing this is not right for either of them he promises himself that he will stop seeing her but always returns. Elinor, on the other hand. is devastated when she learns of Ted's involvement with Gina. Author Winston raises many interesting questions in this story of good people whose lives are in a tangle. Listeners may wonder whether or not a baby was the solution to Ted and Elinor's unhappiness. When and how is forgiveness possible? Stage actress Melinda Wade delivers a touching reading of a moving story that will stay in listener's minds for quite some time. - Gail CookeWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 15, 2009
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