With No Regrets

With No Regrets

by Julie N. Ford

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With No Regrets by Julie N. Ford

Living With No Regrets Is Harder Than It Seems


Readers who love stories of women finding their truths will enjoy Ford's spot-on portrayal of midlife change, friendship, and romance. -BookLife by Publishers Weekly

Finley isn't exactly sure when her life began to feel unfamiliar. She suspects the transformation started long before she caught her husband and fellow garden club member doing the white-trash-two-step on her new Bernhardt sofa. Now free from the shackles of a loveless marriage, and with her children off to college, she's finally able to go searching for the missing pieces of her heart.

Finley's best friend, Cathyanne, is already working hard to ensure that Finley finds true love this time around. But when Finley is unwittingly tossed into the arms of two men-their sexy trainer and her neighbor, a popular country star-Cathyanne fears finding the right guy will be more complicated than she ever could have imagined.

For Finley, building a new life feels as impossible as flying a paper airplane to the moon. But maybe, just maybe, with the right help, she will find her whole heart-even if it's in the very last place she thinks to look.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939203656
Publisher: White Star Press
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Pages: 342
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

A graduate from San Diego State University with a BA in Political Science, Julie N. Ford also earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama, which has only made her better able to recognize the unhealthy, codependent relationship she has with writing. Professionally, she has worked in teaching and as a marriage and family counselor. She is the author of six women's fiction novels, including Count Down to Love, a 2011 Whitney Award finalist. When she's not writing, she entertains delusions of being a master gardener, that is, when she's not killing the unsuspecting plants in her yard with her good intentions. She lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, two daughters, and the cutest Scottish fold cat you've ever seen. She loves to chat with readers. Visit her at JulieNFord.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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With No Regrets 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
SJT22 More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to love this story. In part, I identified with it. I went through very much the same thing this character did, and I also went through a great deal of ugliness trying to learn that I had a right to stand up for myself and I had a right to be treated with decency. Unfortunately, the writing itself was only just okay. I felt it was flat, more telling than showing, which means I couldn't get deeply into it because it came across as a biography written in the newspaper, not a fascinating novel. I think the author has promise, and I hope she keeps writing and comes up with something else that will let her talent shine.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty good book. I almost gave it up about 20% into it because Finnie was driving me crazy about which guy or if any guy she should pick. It was becoming rather redundant. The whole book was pretty much which guy should she pick, but thankfully it went off on other tangents and there were other plot lines than just just those three guys. Towards the end I was glad that I hadn't put it down for those reasons So if you can get through the first quarter of the book, I think it's worth reading. Thanks White Star Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It was entertaining with a few chuckles.
LittleMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
I've never read anything by Julie N. Ford before and I was excited to start this one because it's about a lady who is a little further along in life than 95% of other books. She's moving on to another chapter in her life in multiple ways: her kids are in college, she's newly divorced and quite a few other aspects that I won't get into because I don't want to spoil it for you! This is another book with alternating POV's. That seems to be the new "it" thing going on in the book community these days. But there is a bit of a twist with this one ... the alternating POV is happening between the main man, the leading lady and the leading lady's bff. That was a bit weird at first. To be honest, I wasn't totally for sure which lady was the main character. But that's my own fault, I make it a point to not read the blurb again right before I start a book ... I want a little element of surprise. But that can also trip me up sometimes. Obviously. Anyway, the POV situation was a little strange but you get used to it. I enjoyed getting to know the characters but there are quite a few that you have to meet. More than I had expected and these secondary characters actually play a pretty big role in the story, so make sure that you don't discount them. You'll need to remember them. I had to look back a few times to when the characters were first introduced so that I could remember exactly who they were. But again, that's probably just me. I pick up and put down a book a few dozen times during the day which can sometimes lead to stilted reading. I guess my main issue with this book was that it dragged. It brought the story down because it wasn't moving any faster than molasses on a cold morning. The book didn't chug along like I had hoped because the main bones of the book were actually really good. But disinterest settled in because of the pacing. I found myself skimming through the inner dialogue and just rushing to get to the parts that had something going on. With so many things happening within these pages, I wasn't expecting such a lag. I thought that it would just move right along. I wish that it had. It would have changed the story completely for me. It would have kept my interest, for sure. I don't know if I'll read another book by this author. I wouldn't be opposed to it but at the same time, I would want to know that the pacing had improved since this book. And I could be way off base. Maybe everyone else will like the slow wandering of the plot. It just wasn't for me. * I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *
Maari More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!! As you live & grow in this life, you realize that you need more than just yourself to get through the times.. Not just the rough & tough times, but through the 'breakthrough' times, as well! That is precisely what Finley does.. She grows to understand that she can be there for others, holding that umbrella to shield another, when she is going through her own storm. Yes, you may shed a new tears during this journey, but you most likely will smile & laugh, as well! What an inspiring story! I'm looking forward to reading more from Ms. Ford.
JReppy More than 1 year ago
A very worthwhile read. Finley, a proper high society Southern housewife, has done the unthinkable and not only aired her own dirty laundry (her husband's repeated infidelity) and divorced her husband, but has also alienated the other society ladies by airing their secrets as well. Having seen her life collapse around her, she is pushed by her meddling best friend to escape her comfort zone. With the help of her best friend, her attractive neighbor, her sexy trainer, and the other divorcees from her support group (who seemingly have nothing in common with her besides divorce), she must find herself and her new purpose. Finley will make you laugh, cry, feel frustrated, and cheer as she tries to figure out who she is and what she wants. And the message she finally accepts of living with "no regrets" is certainly one that many of us should adopt, as scary as it sounds. I received a copy of the ebook in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lot of women can relate to getting out of a bad marriage and starting over in what may feel like the middle of their lives. This sense of newly found freedom but also overwhelming disorientation is where the protagonist, Finley, finds herself at the beginning of the novel With No Regrets. She's blessed with a blank slate, a profound sense of purpose, and a delightful dash of gumption that spices up her character's narrative. And yet, where does she begin? Who is she? What type of woman is she capable of becoming? At first Finley goes through the motions of her new journey as she attends a divorce support group, skeptical and hesitant to open up to others. But after connecting with a slew of colorful characters, including the vivacious women at her support group, a washed-up country musician next door, and a bonafide hunk in the shape of a personal trainer 10 years her junior, Finley finds the inspiration she needs to pursue new passions, reconstruct her identity, and use her strengths to help other women whose struggles have been even worse than hers. Along with the rollicking roller coast of her romantic conquests, other highlights of the book are Finley's interactions with her best friend, the spirited but suffering-with-a-smile Cathyanne, and her pseudo-arch nemesis/sometimes reluctant ally, Nora--the book's scene stealer. A tale of friendship and self-discovery infused with Ford's trademark wit and southern charm, With No Regrets somehow manages to be a hilarious, feel-good heartbreaker that will have you laughing one page and crying the next. Read this book. You won't regret it!  
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
As with a lot of women's fiction, I was expecting some emotion, but not as much as I felt. A lot of the emotion and realizations came with the situation with Finnie's best friend. The story starts out with Finley (aka Finnie) trying to air her dirty laundry--the reason why she's in a divorce support group. She came across as awkward and distracted, but my first impressions were far from right. She has been coasting along in life and in her marriage and is finally ready to make a change and take a stand. Finley is a woman who is on a journey of self-discovery. I loved watching her find herself and taking time to figure her life out. She's got a bit of sass and is very rooted to her past and to what's socially appropriate. She's got a few different possible love interest, which made for some entertainment. Bachelor #1--Roy. Roy is Finnie's ex-husband and she wonders if she's been too hasty, since her feelings are unresolved, even though he cheated on her many times. I love the way things resolved with him and that whole situation. Bachelor #2--Josh. Josh is Finnie's personal trainer at the gym. He's cute, buff, nice...and about 10 years younger than her. They're a good balance together, since they're so opposite and he really is a sweet guy. Bachelor #3--Quinton. Quinton is Finnie's next door neighbor and is also a music star who has turbulent past. He's a little mysterious and is very creative, especially with his words. The journey to live with no regrets is a tough one for Finnie to make and I really did enjoy the ups and downs, especially the life realizations. Having no regrets seems almost impossible to do, but sometimes thinking outside of the box helps. I couldn't help but reevaluate my own life and my priorities. Content: moderate innuendo, kissing (including heavy making out), talk of affairs; mild religious elements (it's the South); mild language. *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*