That Special Summer

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When Paula's husband divorces her to find himself, she is devastated. Adding to her hurt and anger, he joins a band and dates a sexy young singer. Forced to start over in the job market, Paula returns to college for a degree in Special Education.

As Paula struggles to cope, her shattered ego receives a boost when two men seek her company - Derek, a retired naval officer in college to qualify for a second career, and Greg, a wealthy businessman and philanthropist. Toss in a ...

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Overview

When Paula's husband divorces her to find himself, she is devastated. Adding to her hurt and anger, he joins a band and dates a sexy young singer. Forced to start over in the job market, Paula returns to college for a degree in Special Education.

As Paula struggles to cope, her shattered ego receives a boost when two men seek her company - Derek, a retired naval officer in college to qualify for a second career, and Greg, a wealthy businessman and philanthropist. Toss in a Professor with a huge misconception, a campus stalker, and her daughter's upcoming wedding, and Paula's new world becomes more complicated.

But once she unexpectedly finds herself, and falls in love again, starting over proves to be better than she could have ever imagined.

When her husband of 30 years leaves her to "find himself, " Paula is left flat broke. Going back to school for a degree in Special Education--starting with a grueling internship at the local university--is even harder than Paula expects . . . until she meets Derek, a retired naval officer who's also back in school.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this debut romance, newly divorced 52-year-old Paula Howard returns to college in Alabama for a summer to study and tutor in a program for problem students. There she is courted by 45-year-old Derek Vogel, a retired naval officer, and by Greg Winthrope, a wealthy man whose family owns a nearby paper mill. To complicate matters further, Paula's daughter, Amy, is engaged and wants to get married earlier than Paula had expected. Paula's insecurities stemming from her divorce are realistically portrayed, as are her reactions to learning that her ex-husband's new love interest is a 25-year-old country-and-western singer named Bootsie and that he now drives a BMW. But many elements here seem outdated even beyond what one would expect in the conservative South, such as Paula's dismay when she finds out that Amy is pregnant and the horror of Amy's future mother-in-law when she discovers that Amy's parents are divorced. The university setting is equally old-fashioned: the sneering director of Paula's program assumes that she is in school to find a husband, and a graduate student claims never to have tasted beer. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781484112601
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 4/23/2013
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Swift divides her time between her native state of Kentucky and Florida. She is an award winning author of published poetry, articles, short stories, and a TV play. Linda holds an Education Specialist Degree from Murray State University with post-graduate work from U. of Alabama and was a teacher, counselor, and psychometrist in public schools in three states.
She credits her husband and adult children for providing encouragement and technical support necessary for survival in the cyberspace world.

Linda's first two books were published by Kensington. She currently has eleven e-books (also in print) available from assorted publishers. Additional books of fiction and short stories are scheduled for 2013.

For more information, please visit her website at http://www.lindaswift.net/

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