Two of a Kind

Two of a Kind

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by Yona Zeldis McDonough
     
 

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Ten years after losing her husband, Christina Connelly has worked through the pain, focusing on raising her teenage daughter and managing her small decorating business. But her romantic life has never recovered. Still, it’s irksome to be set up with arrogant, if handsome, doctor Andy Stern at her friend’s wedding. If he wasn’t also a potential client… See more details below

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Ten years after losing her husband, Christina Connelly has worked through the pain, focusing on raising her teenage daughter and managing her small decorating business. But her romantic life has never recovered. Still, it’s irksome to be set up with arrogant, if handsome, doctor Andy Stern at her friend’s wedding. If he wasn’t also a potential client, needing his Upper East Side apartment redesigned, she would write him off.

This is never going to work, Andy thinks. Still grieving his wife and struggling with a troubled son, he’s not looking for a woman, and certainly not someone as frosty and reserved as Christina. Their relationship will be strictly business. Yet to everyone’s surprise—including their own—these two find themselves falling in love.

But if reconciling with their pasts is difficult, blending their lives and children to create a new family is nearly impossible. They’ve been given a second chance…but can they overcome all the obstacles in the way of happily ever after?
 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
McDonough (A Wedding in Great Neck) crafts a complex romantic tale of two families, skillfully developing multidimensional characters. Widow Christina Connelly desperately needs interior design work to pay for the mortgage on her Brooklyn home and her 14-year-old daughter’s expensive ballet classes. Arrogant widower Dr. Andy Stern, Manhattan’s top ob-gyn, struggles with his 16-year-old son’s moodiness, which is caused by two years of grief and mystical thinking that his mom will come back. Andy hires Christina to redecorate his apartment; she dislikes him at first, but as they get to know each other, Christina comes to admire Andy, and he finds her captivating. McDonough draws strong pictures of N.Y.C., from the glitz to the drug scene, and includes interesting supporting characters, including Andy’s Jewish mother and the gay couple renting the top floor of Christina’s house. Multiple points of view show the complications of dating for parents, the compromise of interfaith romance, and the unforeseen consequences when lives get out of balance. Readers will delight in this layered tale of friendship and love. (Sept.)
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Praise for Two of a Kind

"McDonough crafts a complex romantic tale of two families, skillfully developing multidimensional characters. . .Multiple points of view show the complications of dating for parents, the compromise of interfaith romance, and the unforeseen consequences when lives get out of balance. Readers will delight in this layered tale of friendship and love."—Publishers Weekly

"Honest and engrossing, this novel explores the intricacies of unexpected attraction, falling in love after losing a spouse and combining two resistant families. The characters are complex and captivating, adding depth to an already engaging plot, which culminates in a surprising twist. Four and a half stars."—Romantic Times 

“Every now and then I stumble upon a truly delightful piece of women’s fiction. Two of a Kind falls into that category. . .A one of a kind tale.”—Romance Reviews

Praise for Yona Zeldis McDonough and A Wedding in Great Neck

“A born storyteller.”—Laura Jacobs, author of Women About Town

“[McDonough is] an author at the top of her form.”—Megan McAndrew, author of Dreaming in French

“Prose as sparkling as a champagne toast.”—Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

“Spirited, entertaining, and a delight to read.”—Lucy Jackson, author of Posh

"McDonough’s skill is to be commended. A tender, clever story with emotional heft.”—Booklist

"Fans of women’s fiction about weddings and family drama are sure to enjoy.”—Library Journal

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451239532
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
1,313,104
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for Two of a Kind

"McDonough crafts a complex romantic tale of two families, skillfully developing multidimensional characters. . .Multiple points of view show the complications of dating for parents, the compromise of interfaith romance, and the unforeseen consequences when lives get out of balance. Readers will delight in this layered tale of friendship and love."—Publishers Weekly

"Honest and engrossing, this novel explores the intricacies of unexpected attraction, falling in love after losing a spouse and combining two resistant families. The characters are complex and captivating, adding depth to an already engaging plot, which culminates in a surprising twist. Four and a half stars."—Romantic Times 

“Every now and then I stumble upon a truly delightful piece of women’s fiction. Two of a Kind falls into that category. . .A one of a kind tale.”—Romance Reviews

Praise for Yona Zeldis McDonough and A Wedding in Great Neck

“A born storyteller.”—Laura Jacobs, author of Women About Town

“[McDonough is] an author at the top of her form.”—Megan McAndrew, author of Dreaming in French

“Prose as sparkling as a champagne toast.”—Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

“Spirited, entertaining, and a delight to read.”—Lucy Jackson, author of Posh

"McDonough’s skill is to be commended. A tender, clever story with emotional heft.”—Booklist

"Fans of women’s fiction about weddings and family drama are sure to enjoy.”—Library Journal

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