Turning Thirty-Twelve

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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. ...

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Overview

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
Aspen Gold Readers Choice Winner
Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence Finalist
HOLT Medallion Award of Merit - Best First Book
Heart of Excellence Readers' Choice Finalist

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Editorial Reviews

Night Owl Romance - Diane Coyle
Reviewer Top Pick-- I found myself laughing out loud...
Long and Short Reviews - Val Pearson
Best Book! -- This book grabbed a hold of my heart and did not let go until the very last page.
CoffeeTime Romance - Maura M
5 Cups -- This story is full of the emotions, courage, insecurity and humor of a real woman.
Romantic Times - Donna Brown
Snappy dialogue, plot twists and endearing characters enhance this wonderful story of middle-aged angst. There are laugh-out-loud moments and tearful ones too... 4 stars
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781940295077
  • Publisher: James Gang Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/18/2014
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,185,113
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandy lives in a quiet suburb of Indianapolis with her husband of thirty years and is a high school social studies teacher. She and her husband own a small stable of harness racehorses and enjoy spending time at the two Indiana racetracks.

She is published through Forever Yours, Carina Press, and BookStrand, as well as self-published. She has been an Amazon #1 Bestseller multiple times and has won numerous awards, including two HOLT Medallions.

Please visit her website at www.sandy-james.com for more information or find her on Twitter (twitter@sandyjamesbooks)or Facebook (www.facebook.com/sandyjamesbooks)

Represented by Browne & Miller Literary.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

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    What reviewers are saying about Turning Thirty-Twelve...

    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

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  • Posted November 13, 2013

    3.75 stars:  TURNING THIRTY TWELVE by Sandy James  Jackie Delgad

    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  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Funny and touching!

    I really enjoyed this book! Not only did it have humor, the story was endearing. Mark is a hero to die for, and I see so much of myself in Jackie! LOVE that the story was about a woman in her forties!

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