Starting from Square Two

Starting from Square Two

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by Caren Lissner
     
 

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Gert Healy thought she was finished with dating. She thought she'd be picking out strollers and booties for the children she and her husband were planning to have. Instead, she's mourning his loss and coming to terms with being a widow at twenty-nine.

It's been over a year now, and her friends have convinced her it's time to get back into the swing of things

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Gert Healy thought she was finished with dating. She thought she'd be picking out strollers and booties for the children she and her husband were planning to have. Instead, she's mourning his loss and coming to terms with being a widow at twenty-nine.

It's been over a year now, and her friends have convinced her it's time to get back into the swing of things (even though looking for love is the last thing she wants to do). Although they've developed many a dating rule between them, now that Gert's a part of their single-girl crew, she's beginning to realize they don't know the first thing about men. Of course, Gert doesn't know the first thing about dating, since she married her college sweetheart, so maybe joining forces will work out after all. But does Gert have it in her to fight her way through the leather-jacketed and miniskirted crowds in search of a second miracle?

It's back to square one on everything. Well, actually she's done it all before. Square two, then.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781459246119
Publisher:
Red Dress Ink
Publication date:
06/15/2012
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
994 KB

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Starting From Square Two 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dating was her past, or so Gert thought. Made a widow before she was thirty, Gert knows it may be time to move on, but she does not know how, or who, or if she can. Watching her shallow friends wrestle with the dating game's plots, ploys, and cheats is hardly an encouragement. Then Todd enters her life, and she begins to feel again, but does not know if what she feels is love or just a desire to not be alone. Torn in two, Gert must choose between her past and future, or find an acceptable compromise between. ................ More serious than most chick lit, it also has a bit more depth than most, recognizing the complexities of the grieving process. Her friends' rather petty problems and bents towards revenge mar the smooth surface of the book with discontinuous, ill placed dark humor, however.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Astoria, Long Island, Gert Healy met her future husband Marc over a college math course. They exclusively dated one another for three years until they married. They remained together for the next five years until he tragically died.......................................... Eighteen months later, she remains in mourning for her loss, but her two best friends Erika and Hallie drag Gert out on the town. At Art¿s Bar, Gert meets train conductor Todd stunning her two friends that Gert meets a man and they failed to do so. As Gert and Todd see each other, she hides her widow status from him because she feels guilty that would close the book on Marc. She also realizes she is better equipped to understand men and their canon of cool than her two buddies. Erika still grieves what she gave up when she dumped happily married Ben to the point of considering stalking and Hallie plays games that males refuse to join in so they never come back. As Gert helps her pals, she wonders how Todd will react to know that the love of her life rests in a cemetery.................................. Fans of chick lit and deep character studies will enjoy STARTING FROM SQUARE TWO. The story line primarily focuses on Gert, but also provides insight into the failed relationships of her two best friends. Gert is a great protagonist whose optimism contrasts to the losing attitudes of Erika and Hallie. Readers get insight into Marc through rose colored memories that terrific Todd must compete against though he has no idea that he even as a rival for Gert¿s affections. Caren Lissner furbishes a strong contemporary drama...................................... Harriet Klausner