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The Merry-Go-Round

The Merry-Go-Round

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by Donna Fasano
When Lauren divorces her husband, she has one thought on her mind...stepping off the merry-go-round. However, her life quickly turns into a three-ring circus: her hypochondriac father moves in, her ex is using her shower when she's not home, and her perky assistant is pushing her out into the fearsome dating world. She also has to decide if the dilapidated barn

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Merry-Go-Round 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
mousetater More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed The Merry-Go-Round because although some of the outcomes were a little predictable, the reasons for them were not. On my Nook, this book showed s having 919 pages. But, unlike most eBooks I read, it didn't take a couple page swipes to get to a new page number. Each swipe resulted in getting to the next page number, or, in some cases, it even skipped a number. So, don't be put off by a 900+ page book - this one is about average in length. Definitely a good buy for the price. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun! Love the characters and the story line. Hated to see it end. I plan to recommend this book to all my friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a good little read. The story line was pretty predictable though. I think that is typical of a lit of books in this genre though, so cannot really complain too much about that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brown eyes , brown hair, Alex M.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its the 3rd honey. Please write ur bio on 4th with name.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where r u?
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review:  This was a sweet, engaging and at times, laugh out loud funny tale told through Lauren’s point of view, with the occasional interjection of sense and nonsense from the other characters.  A plausible romance, with a love relationship not torn asunder by fear of vampires or pack responsibilities: no, these were real people, with honest issues that many will find applicable to their own lives.  There’s nothing wrong at all with escape romance, but the profusion of supernatural and paranormal romance novels often lead readers (and authors) to forget that real people are sometimes as, if not more fascinating than their paranormally infused counterparts.  Written with attention to pacing and characters, the story unfolds to present a series of surprises for Lauren.  When the judge awards her a barn that her ex-husband had not mentioned in the assets statement for the divorce proceedings, Lauren finds an old merry go round, still glorious despite the grime and neglect.  The carousel is a perfect metaphor for the story, neglected beauty and joy, travelling only in circles and tarnished brass detracting from its glory.  Lauren spends much of the book doing just that, relying on her anger, hurt feelings and incorrect assumptions to keep her travelling in one single circle, never looking up or out.  As the layers of grime are removed, and the renovation of the merry go round begins, Lauren begins to lose her crust of anger and hurt, and starts to look at her own behaviour as potential cause of her unhappiness.  The narration by Margie Lenhart was a perfect accompaniment to the story: modulating her tone and pacing slightly to indicate the different characters, without overreaching and making it feel forced or overworked, her words brought characters well defined by the author into brilliant bas relief, and the book was a joy to listen to.   For me, there is no requirement that every romance have a happily ever after, but this one does, in a sweetly described scene that left a smile on my face.  While the book contains adult themes, and even references to sex, there was no swearing or overt sexual descriptions, this was a sweet read with allusion and reader imagination working to fill in the blanks.  You won’t go wrong with this story for a quiet afternoon listen or read, and you may just find it was your best decision all week.  I received an AudioBook version of the book from the author in exchange for honest review as part of The Heard Word promotion at I am, Indeed.  I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions were my own responsibility. 
Melcom More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, a romance through and through with a touch of humour adding to the enjoyment pot! Lauren is a girl who think she knows her own mind but soon realises she doesn't. She's too wrapped up in her career to see that those around her need her attention. Great characterisation throughout, loved the romance behind the merry-go-round element too. Highly recommended from an author who makes the reader care about the characters.
fsutton More than 1 year ago
Take a strong willed woman, an ex-husband, opinionated dad and a bunch of people who really care about each other...add an old fashioned merry-go-round and you have a love story that will capture you from page one. This is the story of divorce, regret, forgiveness and love. The characters are so real, they will feel like part of your family. In fact, it is almost certain that you know someone just like them.
BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
Imagine a generic storyline about a marriage gone astray. Then flip the male and female roles. What you'll have is a high-level outline of "The Merry-Go-Round." Lauren, the protagonist, is a career oriented lawyer in the midst of a divorce from husband Greg. While Lauren is trying to save her finances, Greg, the romantic, is trying to save their marriage. While Lauren is pulling out all the stops and looking out only for herself, Greg is trying to do what he thinks is right. A supporting cast that includes Lauren's cantankerous father and her old-but-not-dead assistant keep things stirred up and Lauren on edge. The results are a romantic comedy that works so well because it turns the clichés upside down.
MaryMcDonald More than 1 year ago
This book opens with a unique spin--the main characters, Lauren and Greg, are at court about the finalize their divorce. That's a daring opening for a romance novel! Fasano manages to pull it off without making either character the 'bad' guy. There is blame, for sure, in fact, Greg has made mistakes that give Lauen good reason to initiate the divorce proceedings. Somehow, despite this, Fasano manages to make Greg come off as a sympathetic character. Lauren wants as little to do with Greg as possible, but fate manages to throw them together repeatedly. I loved the heated thoughts Lauren had whenever she was around Greg. He's such a likable guy with his blue collar background, easy going personality and well-shaped butt. What woman wouldn't want him? Of course, that's what the reader is asking herself as she reads this. I have to admit, I was beginning to dislike Lauren. Yes, I could understand her anger, but I thought she was being very materialistic. Until I learned more about her. Like she has her reasons for her behavior and she wears her attitude like protective armor. Once we punch through that armor, we see the real Lauren. So, readers, don't give up on her! She's a very nice person once you get to know her. The writing is strong, and I found myself enjoying some of the colorful expressions. The big O' problem was a good one. The settings were vivid, but not overly described, except where appropriate, such as the beautiful description of the carousel animals and the Merry-Go-Round. The supporting characters, Lauren's father, her secretary, and a Scott--a rival for Lauren's attention, are well-drawn and round out the story well. I also enjoyed the sub-plot with Lew and Norma Jean. It's well worth the bargain price.
Reader_LA More than 1 year ago
What could've been a very formulaic plot (I won't give away the ending), wasn't because of the skill of this talented author. Not only did I love the main character, a busy lawyer who still manages to take care of her family and friends, but I loved all of the supporting characters too. Even the cases were funny! A satisfying read.
HLSmith More than 1 year ago
This charming romantic comedy has been written by an award-winning romance author - and it shows. The story-telling is excellent, the dialogue natural, and the characters are well-rounded and engaging. The light, witty writing style is the kind that takes years to perfect. I could see where this story was likely to go but not quite how we would get there. I loved the humour in it - both the exchanges between the main character, Lauren, and her friend and assistant Norma Jean, and the funny set pieces as we were introduced to some of the clients that Lauren represented in her job as a lawyer in a small town. The romantic sex scenes are written skillfully so they are enjoyable to read, and the potential for mawkishness in a key scene involving Lauren's father is neatly side-stepped by an author who doesn't need to resort to emotional manipulation to tell the story. The Merry-Go-Round that provides the redemption for the main character is a clever metaphor. I could see this story translating to the big screen as it has all the ingredients for a hit movie - sexy men, clever, funny women and a main character who goes on an emotional journey and takes us with her.
IR More than 1 year ago
The end of her marriage-her divorce-signals the beginning of a period of upheaval, both physical and emotional, for Lauren Flynn, a hard-working lawyer. A change in her financial circumstances puts an end to her solitary year-old post-separation living arrangements. Her dad moves in with her-her dad, who is still close to her now ex-husband, bringing him back into her life. Donna Fasano takes us on a captivating emotional ride as Lauren tries to move on with her life-she has to come to terms with her own deep seated feelings and misconstrued conclusions, and allow herself to accept them in order to be able to progress. This beautifully written story will hold your attention and stay with you. I read the Kindle version of this novel, which was very well formatted. I can't wait to read more of Donna Fasano's books.
RhodesReview More than 1 year ago
Can a divorced couple find some common ground to stop the animosity between them? We meet Greg and Lauren Flynn on the eve of their divorce. The reasons for the divorce at first are not clear. The judge's decision begins the pivotal plotline for The Merry Go Round. I liked this story. It was brief, but the characters were well drawn. The character of Lew I found lovable. He actually reminded me a lot of my late father. Some of Lauren's cases were extremely funny. One in particular involved a woman and toilet paper. Scotty Shaw's story was also funny, I could actually see the events that happened to him, happen. As the story progressed, my view of Lauren and my view of Greg did complete turnarounds. One minute I was routing for one, the next I was cheering on the other. In a he-said she-said world, we get to see both sides, and I liked that. I recommend this for those looking for an easy, beach read, or just those into some light, romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would give this book a 4 1/2 stars but since it won't let me I'll bump it up! :) The story was very interesting from the get go. The characters were fun and entertaining. You can see a piece of yourself in them even if you are not wholly that way. This book was not a tear jerker, but it did make me smile. And even laugh out loud a few times! Come on Scotty Jr's case was priceless!!! The only downside to the book was how predictable it was... I guess that is part of the genre though!
finallyfifty More than 1 year ago
The Merry-Go-Round by Donna Fasano This story had a complexity that had the reader turning the page wondering what was next. At first, it appeared to be the typical divorced woman plot but the interaction with the other characters brought unique twists. While I honestly did not like that the husband was a weak character. It does take all types in the world and not every book needs to show positive traits in the main character. It just doesn't happen often and does add to the uniqueness of the book. From my perspective, this book shows the type of man to avoid. Stay far away from this man. I strongly recommend this book as an exercise in demonstrating co-dependent relationships.
DeleneY More than 1 year ago
Donna Fasano always brings me to that place where romance is filled with love, laughter and real life emotions. The Merry Go Round took me there! Lauren, a rigid uptight right to the letter type personality. Greg the ex husband , a carpenter,a helper and giver of everything he can. Can they find their way back to each other or are there to many obstacles in front of them. Add in her quirky secretary Norma Jean, some unusual client's, Lauren's Dad and a client's Dad you soon won't forget makes for a fun and heartwarming read! 
SailormanOR More than 1 year ago
Love this author and almost everything she has ever written
VickiTyley More than 1 year ago
“The merry-go-round was traveling in reverse. The horses, tigers, bears, zebras were all circling tail-end first as if competing in some bizarre, backward race.” – The Merry-Go-Round Thirty-eight-year-old lawyer Lauren Flynn harbours a lot of resentment toward her soon to be ex-husband, Greg. All she wants from him is his signature on the divorce papers. Or at least that’s what she tells herself. While I didn’t feel that this was a comedy, it was one of the best romances I’ve read in a long time. Engaging story with strong, real people. Lots of sexual tension but no gratuitous sex scenes. Balanced pacing with no flat spots. I didn’t warm to Lauren straight away, but the more I got to know her, the more she grew on me. In the beginning, she came across as quite hard and bitter, but I soon discovered that was only a veneer and brittle at that. Highly recommended.
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2.5 stars. Nothing special.