Spinning [NOOK Book]

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Overview


Heartfelt praise for When You Went Away:

“Michael Baron writes with deep sensitivity of the power of love to transform and heal in the face of overwhelming tragedy.” – #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs

“It is rare that a talent like this comes along. This will be a classic.” – Book Reviews R Us

And for Crossing the Bridge:

“Mr. Baron touches my heart and soul with his book.” – Coffee Time Romance

“Michael Baron is an exceptionally gifted writer.” – Fresh Fiction

And for The Journey Home:

“I was unprepared for the talent and depth that Michael writes from.” – Romance Writers Reviews

“I didn’t think he could get any better after reading When You Went Away but I was wrong.” – Cheryl’s Book Nook

Dylan Hunter has it made. At 29, he has great friends, a huge job, all the women he can handle, and no commitments. A public relations executive, Dylan has dashed up the ladder of success by mastering the art of the spin – bending the truth to his and his clients’ needs. But when a former lover steps back into his life with a three-year-old girl by her side (no, she’s not his), Dylan suddenly finds himself in a place he can’t spin himself out of. And when Dylan unexpectedly becomes the child’s sole guardian, he finds himself to be like a circus performer trying to keep all of his spinning plates from crashing to the ground. In what seems like a blink of the eye, Dylan Hunter’s life has changed completely…whether he’s ready for it or not.

Alternately humorous and poignant, romantic and tragic, playful and dramatic, Spinning is the kind of wise, touching, emotion-packed novel readers have come to expect from Michael Baron.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611880175
  • Publisher: Story Plant, The
  • Publication date: 3/15/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 158,401
  • File size: 3 MB

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“I’m not really good at &hellip ” I let my voice fade, hoping that Diane would understand that many men, including myself, don’t get into giving kids baths.

“At what? Bathing? Come on. I’ll teach you. But first, why don’t you find me a story or two to read before she goes to sleep? And we’ll need a glass of water.”

“A book or two and a glass of water. Are you going to do a magic trick?”

Diane disappeared in the back and I went to find the books. Locating a story or two shouldn’t be a problem. I went to the bookcase. I slid my finger along the titles and passed by The Great Gatsby &ndash too complicated. A Farewell to Arms &ndash unlike the movie, she dies in the end. The Art of War &ndash not tonight. It was looking pretty slim until I finally found my number one management-training book, Green Eggs and Ham.

I got a cup of water, and set it and the book next to the bed.

“Diane?” I called tentatively, as I knocked on the bathroom door. “Is she a prune yet?”

“Come on in. We’re almost done.”

Come on in? “Are you sure?”

“Oh, Dylan &hellip ”

Once inside, I discovered a little girl covered in soap and a lovely arrangement of chaotic shampoo horns jutting from her head. Spring looked like a spiny blowfish.

Then I realized I was staring at a little naked girl and turned around.

“I’m sorry, Diane. I didn’t realize she was uh, not wearing clothes.”

“Did you think she’d have a swimsuit on? She’s three-and-a-half. Don’t worry.”

I turned back around. “I just don’t want Spring to feel uncomfortable.”

Spring turned around with her arms crossed over her chest, which made me feel a little better. If I had to be in the bathroom while she bathed, if she covered her little &hellip self, then I could talk with Diane while they did their bath thing.

Then she did something I never imagined she’d do. Spring hopped to her feet, spreading her arms and sending soap bubbles into the ozone. I quickly turned away.

The last thing I remember was me slamming face-first into an open cabinet door. When I opened my eyes, I was staring at the ceiling. Wrapped in a white towel and looking like a human marshmallow, Spring waved at me.

Diane pressed a compress to my nose and forehead.

“Dylan, are you okay?”

I grabbed the ice and held it to my nose, which felt like it had taken the majority of the impact. I didn’t need to check the mirror to know that my nose had swollen. It now obstructed vision in both eyes. “I told you I didn’t have any experience with that whole bath thing.”

“You didn’t make it to the bath thing. You got as far as the cabinet door thing, which led to the ice thing.” She touched my head. “Better use lots of ice on this tonight.”

Feeling a little better, I sat up. “What happens next?”

“It’s probably going to swell up a bit more.”

“I meant with your evening routine.”

“Oh, that. Spring goes to bed and we read to her. Did you find any books?”

“Spring, do you like Dr, Seuss?” My face felt heavy.

“Yeah!”

“Maybe you can read it to her,” Diane said.

“Me?”

“Every night before bed,” Diane said, “we read two books, and sing a song, and &hellip ”

“ &hellip water!”

“And we drink a small glass,” Diane eyed the Yankees 32-ounce guzzle cup I’d brought in, “of water and then we do animal impressions. Spring, is it okay if Dylan reads to you instead of Mommy tonight?”

She nodded, and Diane handed me the book.

In spite of the pain in my nose, I thought it would be fun to read the book to Spring. I’d always had a thing for Dr. Seuss. I pulled the chair close to the bed and began Green Eggs and Ham.

By the time we reached, “I do so like green eggs and ham,” her eyes had started closing &ndash even though I could see she was trying to keep them open. She hadn’t had much sleep since flying in from Chicago two nights before, and I assumed Spring was history for the night. Then I learned something important about children: having a routine can mean a lot more to them than their need for sleep.

“Song &hellip ?”

Diane looked at me.

“What?” I asked.

“Mom, you do it,” Spring said.

I gestured toward Diane. “She wants you to sing.”

Still looking at me, Diane said, “Spring, wouldn’t you love for Dylan to sing to you tonight?” She was delighting in making me feel uncomfortable. The interesting thing was that I was enjoying her doing it.

Spring shook her head. “He doesn’t know how.”

I mustered up as much of an indignant expression as I could pull off with the ice still pressed to my nose. “Don’t know how? Clearly, you missed the New York Times review of my last shower.” I removed the compress, stretched my neck, then belted out:

New York.
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of &hellip


Spring buried her face in her pillow and I stopped.

Diane laughed. “How about something a little less edgy. Maybe John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt?”

Spring turned back toward us. “Yeah!”

“I don’t really remember the words.”

“Just follow along.”

Diane began to sing. Spring giggled through every refrain, then called for another song, as her routine required two. Diane looked at me and I raised my eyebrows to suggest that I wasn’t about to venture forth on my own here.

“How about The Itsy-Bitsy Spider?” Diane said.

“The Band of Horses version or &hellip ”

She chuckled. “Just sing along.”

As Diane began to sing, the song came back like I was in preschool again. When I remembered some of the hand motions, I abandoned my compress. Spring delighted in the songs. At first, I thought it was because we were entertaining her and keeping her up late. But with each verse of the song and every spider dance move, I could tell that she was pleased with my participation.

“Water, please,” she said, sticking her hand out.

After drinking a few sips &ndash there was probably enough water in there to last until her fourth birthday &ndash she adjusted her pillow for the next part of the show.

“There’s more?” I asked, looking at Diane. It seemed to me that this routine was designed to last until the morning.

“This is the really fun part,” Diane said, winking. “We do animal impressions. I’m guessing you’ll be really good at this.”

“Is there a video camera somewhere? Did my friend Hank put you up to this?”

“Oh, come on, Dylan. You were made for his role.”

I shook my head to deny the fact that I was actually enjoying this. You don’t get too many inner child opportunities when you’re out conquering the world.
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  • Posted August 16, 2011

    Loved it!

    Thought it was a great book! It had a huge plot twist in the middle that I wasn't expecting. I highly recommend it.

    36 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    ONE OF THE BEST!

    I really was able to put myself into the lives of the people in this book. Considering how hard that can be, it was a sign to me of how well I enjoyed getting involved in their happiness, sadness, turmoil, happiness again for a while, then feeling tremendous loss. The finish was anticipated and well delivered by the author. I wll definetly read any of his books and recommend them.

    32 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    Great for a rainy day

    Really light and easy reading.
    I liked rhe style and the characters.
    Read it ;)

    28 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2011

    Lovely story!

    Spring will steal your heart. This is a great book I couldn't put down.

    21 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    L

    Fair story. Have read better. To the poster asking ppl to not report posters who spoil books...i disagree. Posters who reveal every detail of a book ruins it. Why read a book when u know everything that will happen? I want to be surprised. I will continue to report every poster who reveals plot points and ruins books and i encourage everyone else who hates these posters as much as i to do the same.

    10 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    Leslie

    Love it

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2012

    Predictable story line; typical characters. First and only book

    Predictable story line; typical characters. First and only book I'll ever read from this author.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Boring as warching grass grow

    I quit after a few chapters. Perhaps some people find a kid pushing all the buttons in an elevator as tension, but i just wondered how this guy even got published. Not even worth it free.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    Editor should be shot

    Horribly written nice story. :)

    8 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    Don't bother

    Apparently not edited

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    No twist at all

    Not sure what the "plot twist" was that some reviewers have referred to...the book was so predictable, there was no twist. Bored to tears.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    How did this make it past an editor's desk?

    How did this make it past an editor's desk?

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Boring

    I couldnt even get through the first few chapters.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    Loved it

    A beautiful love story between a man and a child and a man and a woman - told from a males point of view'

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    Heartwarming!!

    What an incredible story! Loved seeing life-romance, love & childrearing from a man's point of view. Look forward to more of his books!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    Predictable and lackluster

    Overall not a book I would recommend - I received a free copy and gave it a try. I found it was predictable and overly simplified. It took what should have been an extremely complicated situation, tweaked it down to fit the needs of the story and threw in a ton of characters that didn't always have much to do with the plot until the very end. The end felt like the author just got tired of writing and so found a way to quickly wrap it up.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    A very sweet story

    Could have used some more drama in it

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Spinning by Michael Baron When I was first offered this book I j

    Spinning by Michael Baron
    When I was first offered this book I jumped at the chance as I've read and enjoyed other books by the author and knew this would be a good story.
    Dylan is single and has worked his way up the ladder to a lead position and now with the great job he had done getting an account from another company to handle, he has many choices-job wise.
    Problem is Diane who he knew a long time ago has reappeared in his life with a 3 year old and the child is not his. She moves on and gets a job herself and it comes with an apartment and day care.
    Tragedy strikes next as Dylan is becoming accustomed to the child, Spring, she's grabbed a piece of his heart. He must now be her only living family, although they are not related at all.
    The refreshing thing about this book is that it's about Dylan and how he copes with things from his perspective. Different that it's not from the woman's point of view but still a very good well written story as are the authors other books I've read.
    When Family Services came knocking he had built up a relationship with Spring, routines, etc and finds himself at a loss but with help from his friends he gets in gear to fight for her. He's only a single guy and he's not blood related and considers again all the things left behind from Diane...

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2013

    What a lovely story.

    I really enjoyed this story. The first time I got teary eyed I wondered if this was a tear jerker. The next time I thought, "It is a tear jerker, you jerk (meaning the author for making me cry.) The cries after that were from being even more immersed in the story. I wasn't really expecting a touching, moving story that I would recommend to everyone before I even finished.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Worthwhile, not fabulous

    Enjoyed reading this story although it was a bit slow starting out. The writing style and vocabulary made it an easy read, and the storyline does pick-up once the main character unexpectantly becomes a guardian/parent.
    While there were no major surprises for me in the reading, it did give cause to contemplate how events like these can happen to any of us.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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