Turning Thirty-Twelveby Sandy James
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Jackie Delgado didn't want a new man in her life until a dreaded blind date turns out to be more exciting than she'd ever imagined. When her youngest son leaves for college, Jackie is hit hard by empty nest syndrome and pours herself into her work as a teacher. Bowing to pressure from friends, Jackie agrees to a blind date. But when Mark Brennan calls, she realizes the date won't be "blind." He's the father of one of her students.
Widower Mark Brennan isn't looking for love. After only a few dates with Jackie, he realizes he's quickly forming deep feelings for her. Wracked with guilt that he's "abandoning" his late wife, Mark resists the pull toward dynamic Jackie. When Mark's daughter begins to date Jackie's son, things become more complicated.
Can Jackie and Mark find the courage to leave the past behind and embrace a new love? And how will a surprise pregnancy affect all their lives?
Write Touch Readers Choice Award Winner
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Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence Finalist
HOLT Medallion Award of Merit - Best First Book
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Sandy James lives in a quiet suburb of Indianapolis with her husband. She’s a high school social studies teacher who especially loves psychology and United States history. Since she and her husband own a small stable of harness racehorses, they often spend time together at the two Indiana racetracks.
Sandy is published through Forever Yours, Carina Press, and BookStrand, as well as self-published. She has been an Amazon Bestseller and has won numerous awards, including two HOLT Medallions (Murphy’s Law and Rules of the Game).
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I adore Sandy James writing. I can't help it. I am a sucker for witty dialogue and true to life characters - and every one of her books has been chock full of both. This book was quickly added to my TBR pile when I found out that one of the characters from this book will be the love interest in Fringe Benefits, the next book in her Ladies that Lunch Series. I was super lucky enough that when I expressed an interest, Ms. James sent me a copy to review. Since I finally found an afternoon that I could just set and read with no interruptions and no deadlines looming, I dived in. 2 word - Loved It. As I get older, I find that I just can't read most books about teens or young 20 somethings, especially in contemporary romances. Most just don't have the maturity level for me to connect with. That is not the case with Ms. James books. Let's take Jackie Delgado. She has just celebrated the twelfth anniversary of her thirtieth birthday. As I am currently staring the same age in the face, I can commiserate with many of the things that she is experiencing. I too have hated admitting to forty. Add in that she is a teacher, a member of the working class and she could be a friend or co-worker. Watching as she deals with the realities of things like Empty Nest, Midlife Crisis', and life after divorce, I can totally identify with her and the issues she is dealing with. There are no uber-sexy billionaire biker/rock stars here. Just hard working people, dealing with everyday problems. Completely relatable in every way. You can see yourself in Ms. James romances. Because after all, I'm not really looking for an billionaire alpha male stud to come, sweep me off my feet and wisk me away. That's just a fantasy. But a solid dependable guy who will stand beside me day in and day out? That's a reality I think we are all looking for. This book made me snicker and cry, sometimes at the same time. An awesome 5 star read.
Jackie Delgado, a high school teacher, is a divorced mom dealing with her children leaving the nest. Her youngest son is off to live in a college dorm, so she's not sure what to do with her life now. Before school starts Jackie decides to get a jump start on buying school supplies for her Science classroom by going to the office supply store. She gives a few helpful tips to two girls and winds up meeting their hunky father. I had a hunch this guy was going to be the love interest and my hunch was firmly set in place when the younger girl turns out to be one of Jackie's students. So since they didn't exchange numbers or information I was wondering how the two would wind up chatting again. Jackie's friend sets her up on a blind date, only for Jackie to realize that it's the hunky widower from the office supply store. The two get along well, but aren't picture perfect. Both have their hang ups, which the other has to tolerate and work through. Jackie has self esteem issues, and who wouldn't considering her husband left her because he knocked up his extremely younger secretary. Mark on the other hand has issues with letting go of his past wife. Oh and I forgot to mention Mark, the sexy widower, is a police officer. I do love a man in uniform, though he does have a bit of a temper which shows in the book a few times. Nothing crazy, but gives Turning Thirty-Twelve a bit more of a realistic touch as we know men aren't the most level headed beings. I cannot recommend Sandy James's books enough. Her writing style is perfect for me, her characters are detailed and have characteristics that you can easily find yourself relating to. It doesn't stop there though, the friends, love interests, etc aren't picture perfect beings. Sandy makes them work for their relationships, and while the friendships are easy going they do have disagreements occasionally. I highly recommend this book if you're looking for a contemporary where the female is looking for another chance at love.
3.75 stars: TURNING THIRTY TWELVE by Sandy James Jackie Delgado didn't want a new man in her life until a dreaded blind date turns out to be more exciting than she'd ever imagined. When her youngest son leaves for college, Jackie is hit hard by empty nest syndrome and pours herself into her work as a teacher. Bowing to pressure from friends, Jackie agrees to a blind date. But when Mark Brennan calls, she realizes the date won't be 'blind.' He's the father of one of her students. Widower Mark Brennan isn't looking for love. After only a few dates with Jackie, he realizes he's quickly forming deep feelings for her. Wracked with guilt that he's 'abandoning' his late wife, Mark resists the pull toward dynamic Jackie. When Mark's daughter begins to date Jackie's son, things become more complicated. Can Jackie and Mark find the courage to leave the past behind and embrace a new love? And how will a surprise pregnancy affect all their lives? REVIEW: TURNING THIRTY-TWELVE is a stand alone contemporary romance storyline focusing on two-forty something adults who have both suffered through love and loss. Jackie Delgado is a high school science teacher, divorced mother of two who struggles with self esteem issues about her body and her sexuality in the wake of her ex-husband's infidelity: Mark is a detective, widowed father of two daughters who never expected to ever find love again. But the moment these two meet, their attraction is immediate and palpable and it will take the action of a fourteen year old girl to show Mark and Jackie they are perfect for each other. It is refreshing to read a storyline where the characters are not cut out perfect caricatures akin to runway models. Mark and Jackie are grown adults who have experienced life and family; raising children and falling in love who have both passed forty years of age and looking to the future. Tragedy and loss are at the forefront of their minds and starting over is a daunting reality when the heart falls in love before the mind. The relationship between Mark and Jackie is sensual; trepidatious; and understandably anxious. They struggle with issues of family and children who want nothing to do with their parent's relationship; the memory of past experiences; and judgemental but well meaning friends and family who see nothing but heartache on the horizon. Like all families, blended or otherwise, there will be complications and issues that need to be addressed; and at times a lack of trust will become the ultimate weapon of pain and sorrow, but in the end, their love will survive another loss and perceived betrayal; a dangerous situation and a threat against their love. TURNING THIRTY TWELVE is a predictable storyline with a happily ever after but it is a welcome change from the twenty something beauty and her twenty something hard bodied love who are the epitome of a Victoria's Secret and D&G model. Our leading couple have flaws, both physical and emotional, and the reality of the situation will hit close to home for many readers of romance storylines and series. Copy supplied by the author
BEST BOOK RATING: "Ms. James did an outstanding job writing Turning Thirty-Twelve. I most definitely did not see the twists and turns coming. This book grabbed a hold of my heart and did not let go until the very last page. I still find myself thinking of this book and the characters who made this book so special. I highly recommend Turning Thirty-Twelve to anyone who enjoys a laugh out loud, exceptionally written book that will keep you coming back for more. I would love to see this book either have a sequel or become a series so I can see where my favorite characters are today and how they are faring. Turning Thirty-Twelve was simply an amazing book that I would read many times over which is why I would like to give it the LASR Best Book Rating! I will most certainly be keeping my eye on Ms. James for any books she may have coming out." -- Violet, Long and Short Reviews "Turning Thirty-Twelve had me holding my breath till the very end. Sandy James truly makes you feel for the characters in this book. I could so easily see Jackie as a sister, going through these very same things. The issues in this book are so real, things that can truly happen and it delivers." -- Ashleigh Sanders, Manic Readers Finalist in the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence for 2008 Mainstream Romance Novels