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Single mom Vanessa Holt has a daughter she loves, a supportive family, and her art. Having given up on finding true love—if that even exists, which she doubts—she’s content to put romance on the back burner. But not everyone agrees. Those nearest and dearest are ready to see Vanessa let down her long blonde hair and have some fun.
To put their grumbling to rest, Vanessa agrees to date the first man who asks. Luckily for her, that man is Cameron Thomas, her daughter’s extremely handsome science teacher. She’d felt a spark of chemistry the first time she’d laid eyes on him. Now she’s ready to lay a whole lot more on the sexy bachelor.
But just as things get hot, they also get heavy. When the man who broke Vanessa’s heart reappears, her old doubts and fears about love rush to the surface. Will her fresh start with Cameron be over before it’s barely begun?
“Do you think Indiana Jones is hot?”
Without missing a beat, Julia answers with a question. “Are we talking before or after Ally McBeal cut off his balls and slapped an earring on his ass?”
My eyes fly open and I look at her. She’s still in complete and utter repose and doesn’t seem at all caught off guard by my question.
“What are you talking about?” I ask.
“You’re asking me if Harrison Ford is hot, yes?” I mumble a yes, and then she opens her eyes and calmly says, “Well, if we’re talking about before Ally got her hands on him, yes, he was so utterly hot it was almost disgusting. But if we’re talking about after she got her grubby little paws on him and ruined it for the rest of all womankind, then no, he’s as far away from hot as you could possibly get.”
I rack my brain for a second before saying, “Before. Yes, definitely before the whole Ally thing happened to him.”
“Well, then, you know my answer. Hot, superhot.” She closes her eyes again before quickly opening one of them to look at me.
“Why are you asking me this anyway?”
Ugh, I answered way too fast. And by the severely wicked smile that is now growing on Julia’s face, I know she knows that I know something that she doesn’t and won’t let up until she does.
“You dirty little liar,” she says and pulls her legs off of the coffee table. “Tell me everything.”
“There’s nothing to tell.” I pretend to look at the watch that doesn’t exist on my wrist. “Oh, would you look at that, time to get Josie and go home.”
I stand up and call out to Josie, then remember that she has her earbuds in, so I walk toward the television room. But that’s enough time for Julia to start following me and peppering me with a series of questions. “Who is this Indiana Jones look-alike? Where did you meet him? Are you going out on a date with him?”
Ignoring her is not an option, so I stop abruptly, which makes Julia run right into my back. As casually as I can muster, I say, “It’s nothing and no, I am not going out with anyone. So there really isn’t anything to tell, I promise.”
Starting Over is a heartfelt story about finding the courage to let go of the past and live in the moment. Sweetness and comfort abound with likeable characters in this cute story with fun family dynamics.
I went into this book expecting a romance but what I got was chick lit with romantic undertones. Vanessa’s personal issues seemed to be at the forefront of the story while the budding relationship seemed like an afterthought. As a result, I never felt the chemistry between Vanessa and Cameron. Though I was disappointed in the lackluster romance, there were many things I enjoyed.
The family drama was far more interesting and watching it play out pulled on my heartstrings. Josie was charming and she reminded me of my own daughter at times. Though she was only 12 years old, Josie was wise beyond her years. The relationship between Josie and Vanessa was easy and fun to watch and quite frankly not always easy to accomplish with tweens.
Vanessa was a bit frustrating at times. I wanted her to be stronger but I understood the hurt she carried really did a number on her confidence. I was delighted to see her find herself again by the end of the story. Cameron was sweet and incredibly patient throughout the story. I wanted more of him and more for him. While that did not happen in this book, I feel like he just might have a story that needs to be told.
Though I wanted more from this story, I did enjoy it overall. It can be enjoyed by those who enjoy stories about women working out their issues.
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
*I was provided a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Barbie Bohrman dreamed of becoming an author. Long after she had given up, a book club’s prologue contest enticed her to give it one more go. What emerged were the beginnings of her debut novel, Promise Me. Now she’s living her dream and writing stories that entice readers to escape and break away from reality. When she’s not writing, you can find her trying to get through the books on her Kindle (more than a thousand at last count) or watching Lost or Seinfeld. She currently resides in New Jersey with her husband and two children.