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Sometimes Mine

Sometimes Mine

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by Martha Moody

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From the nationally bestselling author of the novel Best Friends, an emotionally affecting story of midlife romance and learning to value the people in your life.

Genie Toledo is a spitfire who too young married the wrong guy, had a daughter, quickly divorced, and now, in her forties, has filled the emotional gap by throwing herself into her


From the nationally bestselling author of the novel Best Friends, an emotionally affecting story of midlife romance and learning to value the people in your life.

Genie Toledo is a spitfire who too young married the wrong guy, had a daughter, quickly divorced, and now, in her forties, has filled the emotional gap by throwing herself into her work and holding friends and family at arm's length—even her college-age daughter. The only person to penetrate her thick shell is Mick Crabbe, with whom she's had a decade-long affair. He's a charming guy—famous even, a well-known college basketball coach—but the fact that they live in different states and see each other only once a week, and that Mick is committed not only to his wife and kids, but also to his basketball team and all those fans, suits Genie just fine. She can take care of herself. She doesn't need him.

That is, until Mick becomes fatally ill and the nature of their relationship is forced to change. Genie sets her heart free for the first time and is ultimately altered by the experience. As she becomes intimately involved in Mick's care, and makes herself known to his family, Genie finally understands the importance of making connections with others, and earns, even from the outside world, the extremely moving validation of her significance in Mick's life.

Narrated with the warmth, humor, and compassion that readers have come to expect from Martha Moody, Sometimes Mine is an emotionally engaging story of learning to appreciate the value of the people in your life, and the realization that sometimes the most meaningful relationships are those that go unrecognized.

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Publishers Weekly

Doctor-novelist Moody (Best Friends) again zooms in to examine the many facets, features and fissures of a relationship, this time in the story of Genie Toledo, an Ohio cardiologist who has a 12-year-long affair with a married college basketball coach. From medical technology to billing bureaucracy, saving lives to losing patients, Moody shows the demands of medical practice and then treats readers to an almost equal display of insight into the world of college basketball as Genie's lover, Mick Crabbe, prods and nurtures his team to national prominence. Their time together expands from a weekly two-hour tryst after Mick's daughter becomes Genie's patient. Mick's wife further complicates matters when she begins confiding in Genie. And when Mick is diagnosed with cancer, Genie becomes further enmeshed with his family. Moody probes new layers of emotion and personal connection as Genie the heart doctor comes to understand the intangible aspects of the human heart. Instead of applying the clichés of traditional romance to a midlife heroine, Moody introduces readers to a woman who never stops learning about work, family, people and possibilities. (Aug.)

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Library Journal

Outwardly confident and witty, divorced cardiologist Genie Toledo has come to a midlife crossroads. A determined workaholic, she leads a life driven by the needs of her patients first, then the needs of her family and friends. Genie's longtime affair with married college basketball coach Mick Crabbe is her only complete escape. Her vacillating emotional needs and well-hidden insecurities ruling her interactions come to a fore when Mick's daughter needs medical help and Genie meets his wife and children. Then Mick reveals his own fatal illness, and she begins to see new aspects of her bond with Mick. She also starts evaluating her role in other relationships, especially in a particularly strained one with her own grown daughter, Claudia. VERDICT Moody (Best Friends; The Office of Desire) captures the desperate feelings of a mistress caught between her love and her sensibilities. Unfortunately, the plot is occasionally disjointed and the ending is predictably trite. A disappointment after her acclaimed previous novels. [See Prepub Alert, LJ4/1/09.]—Joy St. John, Henderson Libs., NV

—Joy St. John
Kirkus Reviews
Cancer disrupts a divorced cardiologist's affair with a married man but wakes her up to life's possibilities. Highly educated, highly competent, almost irritatingly self-deprecating cardiologist Genie Toledo is the workaholic partner in a three-doctor practice in Columbus, Ohio. Only Thursday nights are sacrosanct and beeperless. For 12 years Genie, now in her late 40s, has driven to a hotel near the state line to rendezvous with Mick Crabbe, head basketball coach at Turkman State in West Virginia. Although they meet only once a week, Mick is the center of Genie's otherwise barren emotional life. In his 50s, married with three adult children, Mick is a charismatic, upbeat leader devoted to his team; part of his original attraction to Genie was her interest, in contrast to his wife's lack thereof, in discussing basketball dynamics and strategy. The 1999-2000 season is a turning point in both their lives. When his team doesn't gel, Mick loses his usual optimism. Then he begs Genie to treat his daughter Jessica, a single mother in her 20s, for coronary artery disease. Genie comes face to face with Mick's unsuspecting wife Karn and listens to Jessica describe her parents' marriage in less-than-flattering terms. But the novel doesn't pick up steam until Mick announces he has prostate cancer. He delays surgery until the season ends, and as his cancer progresses with alarming speed, he turns his wobbly team around. After Karn confronts Genie with her knowledge of the affair, Mick breaks it off then begs Genie to let him move in with her. She sends him back to his family. She and Karn develop an uneasy intimacy, almost an alliance, as his condition deteriorates. Moody (The Office of Desire, 2007,etc.) has a gift for creating imperfect yet endearing characters, but she spells out her moral lessons too pointedly.

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Penguin Group (USA)
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6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

Martha Moody is the author of the national bestseller Best Friends and the novel The Office of Desire. A practicing physician, she lives in Ohio with her family.

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Sometimes Mine 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book didn't hold a candle to the two other books by this author that I have read. I loved those and that was honestly the only reason I chose to read this book. Although I will never label it "one of my favorite all time books" it was entertaining .
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In Columbus, Ohio, cardiologist Dr. Genie Toledo and married Turkman State basketball coach Mick Crabbe have been seeing each other for two hours every Thursday for the past dozen years. Outside of Mick, her patients are Genie's life. As the fifty something Mick's team gains national prominence, Genie becomes involved with his wife and one of his adult children. Mick's twenty-something daughter single mom Claudia has a coronary disease so at her father's prodding becomes Genie's patient. This turn leads to his wife Karn "consulting" with Genie about their mutual interests in her family. Meanwhile Mick's 1999-2000 squad had high expectations but is not coming together as a unit at a time he learns he has a fatal form of prostrate cancer. This is an entertaining character study that focuses on the life of a mistress who has no one else but her lover yet must conceal her fears that if he dies she is alone unable to even share her grief overtly with anyone. The cast is solid as Mick and his family seems genuine especially as his health deteriorates while Genie holds the story line together. Although the ending appears off kilter in its Madame Mitterrand demeanor, readers will relish the aptly titled Sometimes Mine. Harriet Klausner
happyreaderKK More than 1 year ago
This was a surprise but a good and sad book at the same time. Overall two people in love with each other but one is married. The other sacrifices her life just to spend a little time with him. Not worth it. I like her writing style and would read another book by her.