Spinning Forward

Spinning Forward

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by Terri DuLong
     
 

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In a debut novel brimming with warmth and wit, Terri DuLong spins a tale of new beginnings, old friends, and lives forever bound. . .

A New Englander born and bred, the last place Sydney Webster expects to find herself starting over is on an island off the coast of Florida. Yet here she is in Cedar Key, trying to pull herself together after her husband's

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In a debut novel brimming with warmth and wit, Terri DuLong spins a tale of new beginnings, old friends, and lives forever bound. . .

A New Englander born and bred, the last place Sydney Webster expects to find herself starting over is on an island off the coast of Florida. Yet here she is in Cedar Key, trying to pull herself together after her husband's untimely death--and the even more untimely revelation of his gambling addiction. Bereft of her comfortable suburban life, Syd takes shelter at a college pal's bed and breakfast, where amidst the bougainvillea blossoms and the island's gentle rhythms, a plan begins to form. . .

Syd never considered the possibility of turning her passion for spinning and knitting into something more than a hobby, but when the unique composition of her wool draws attention, a door is opened--the first among many. Yet even as she ventures out of her comfort zone, Syd finds herself stepping into the embrace of a community rich with love, laughter, friendship. . .and secrets. And as long-hidden truths are revealed, Syd faces a choice: spin a safety net--or spin decidedly forward and never look back. . .

"Poignant, absorbing, humorous. . .a debut that tugs at the heart."
--Sophia Nash, author of A Dangerous Beauty

"Captures the essence of what often lies in each of our hearts. Don't miss it!"
--J.L. Miles, author of Cold Rock River

Born and raised in north of Boston, Terri DuLong now resides with her husband, two dogs, and three cats on an island off the west coast of Florida. A retired Registered Nurse, she began her writing career as a contributing writer for Bonjour Paris, where she shared her travel experiences to France in over forty articles with a fictional canine narrator. Terri's love of knitting provides quiet time to develop her characters and plots for her future novels.

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Publishers Weekly
DuLong's debut reads like an unintentional parody of Southern hen lit. After 52-year-old Sydney Webster's husband dies in a car accident, she discovers he was a compulsive gambler, and his habits have left her penniless. She heads to Cedar Key, Fla., where best friend Alison takes her in. Sydney decides to open a knitting shop in Cedar Key and meets a gorgeous artist named Noah, who falls in love with her. Adding to the nonurgency is Sydney's decision to search for her biological birth mother; conveniently, Sydney looks a lot like 80-something local spinster Sybile Bowden. The narrative lacks tension and originality, and its banal predictability won't do it any favors in a crowded field. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758249920
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Series:
Terri DuLong's Cedar Key Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
50,519
File size:
686 KB

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Spinning Forward 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't want to put this book down. Fast reading and delightful. One of the best books I;ve read in a long time. Can't wait to try another of her books.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
"I love a woman that knows what she wants." Sydney Webster in the course of nine months in which this novel takes place discovers that she pretty much hasn't a clue of who she is and what she desires. In fact, she can't initially even figure out who desires to know her better and who thinks the world of her. It seems complacency and acquiescence have been the order of the day for years, so much so that when Syd becomes a widow she is devastated by discovering a secret that will change her life so dramatically it is beyond belief. Her best friend Alison invites her to Cedar Key, a small island off the Florida coast, to temporarily live and heal her wounded spirit. But Ali is a true friend who's not afraid to tell the truth and she begins to encourage Syd to try new things, beginning with a job. Then a quirky trait of Sydney's knitting turns out to be so unique that gradually she begins to receive enough orders that she contemplates opening her own business, albeit with a few accidents that almost threaten to ruin the whole notion. A series of baiting dialogues occur between Syd and Noah Hale, a middle-aged artist, that are both funny yet filled with tension that makes the reader want to leave the room and slam the door. But there's a looming spark oh so slowly igniting and yearning to be fanned into flames if only each could think before speaking. But above all the aforementioned normal scenarios lies a relationship that is mysterious at first and then blossoms into something feisty and yet poignant as Sydney begins to realize she is clashing with and growing to care for a woman who just might be very special to Syd and her daughter, Monica - for a very short time! Spinning Forward is a fun, gracious, anxious, romantic, challenging and finally just plain lovely story that was a delight to enjoy and even think about long after the last page was turned. Here's to hoping that this is not the last we've heard from Terri Dulong, who has crafted a unique story readers will want to relish and then share with family, good friends and even acquaintances! What an engaging, endearing novel! Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on August 31, 2009
harstan More than 1 year ago
Fifty-two year old Sydney Webster has no time to grieve the death of her husband in a car crash. Instead she unceremoniously is tossed out of their house and finds herself overwhelmed by debt caused by her late spouse's gambling addiction and to top off her woes, she is the recipient of their adult daughter Monica's anger. Her friend Alison invites Sydney to live at her bed-and-breakfast on Cedar Key, Florida. Needing to pay her bills, Sydney, using her hobby, opens a knitting shop to the chagrin of brusque Noah Hale, who wanted the property. While living on the island, Sydney who was adopted decides to seek out her biological parents after meeting the town grouch Sybile, who Alison agrees looks so similar to her that they must be related. Spinning Forward is an intriguing tale of a woman who gave up her independence for comfort choosing to ignore her late husband's peccadilloes. In some ways though. Sydney is over fifty, this is a coming of age or perhaps better described as a second chance coming of age saga. Although the romance seems more a requirement that feels unnecessary, the cast is super strong even the evanescent Miss Elly, but this is the unsinkable Sydney's tale from start to finish. Harriet Klausner
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
After having read the fifth book in this series and really enjoying it, I decided to return to the series beginning.  I also enjoyed this book, but DuLong has grown much more interesting by the last book.  I always like to see where everything began and am glad to have gone there in this book, and will probably continue with the series. This is basically a woman's friendship and communications book, with a touch of romance.  Sydney Webster has been thrown for a loop.  Her husband just died, forcing Sydney from her rich New England life and beautiful home because of enormous gambling debts that she knew nothing about.  Thankfully, her best friend took her into her B&B in Cedar Key, Florida, and helps her begin to get her life together.  Here she continues to seek information on her birth mother, she meets a handsome artist, and she tries to establish a retail store around knitting and weaving that becomes the basis for future books in this series. There is a large emphasis on the female spirit that was a bit over done for me.  And unfortunately, things fell a little too easily in place, as I would have liked perhaps a bit less story line and a lot more tension in the solutions.  There are a number of serious issues talked about in this book but they sometimes seemed to be glossed over too easily.  I do think there is a future in this series, especially since I found FAREWELL TO CEDAR KEY to be very good, and most of my concerns seemed to be handled differently by this fifth book that I real first.  I listened to this on Audible and enjoyed the narration very much.
azdlm More than 1 year ago
This is the first of Terri DuLong's Cedar Key series. I really enjoyed this first book. The characters are real and relatable. This small town is quirky and funny, and the family and neighbors share everything from love to sorrow. If you read Robin Carr or Debbie Macomber's books, you will enjoy Terri DuLongs writings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book with lots of hope for late life discoveries. It was filled with life lessons on disappointing spouses, lost mothers, self indulged daughters and the great love of a best friend that refuses to allow you to quit, give up or run away. How enchanting to find out that a hobby can become a life line forever.
Chpico More than 1 year ago
Spinning Forward is a good quick read. I enjoyed the setting and storyline; however, I thought Terri DeLong could have been a little more descriptive. A few similes and metaphors would have made this a great book. At one point in the book, the main character says, "I'm at a loss for words." My thought was, and so is the author; with that being said, I was happy to continue the book to the end. About 2/3 of the way through, I found the book hard to put down because I was curious to find out what happens next. Great story. I look forward to reading future books by Terri DuLong & see her progress into a great story teller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this novel although spinning is a metaphor for how the main character gets her life back in order. Nice characters. Predictable plot, but a little mystery thrown in. I would recommend this book for a nice relaxing read. I might read the others in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story
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daisyb93 More than 1 year ago
It's an endearing book with great characters. The story line and characters are very well developed. You become attached to each one. You get wrapped up in their lives and get absorbed into their story. You can't wait to see what happens next. It incorporated my favorite things; seaside small town living, close "knit" community, good friends, strong bonds between the female character and best of all knitting. Each book in this series develops a newly introduced character in the previous book. You can't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an amazing look into one woman's journey to finding herself. In the face of tragedy, Sydney learns to love herself, trust herself and others, and finds her feminine soul. Along the way she finds more than she ever thought possible. This novel is inspiring, touching, and motivating. A definite must read for women everywhere.
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This book is very well written but the main character is rather unpleasant. The other characters are better drawn but it's a problem when you can't 'like' the main person the story is focused on. Didn't inspire me to continue with this series.
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