Sunday, September 27, 2009

First Amazon Customer Review - Hooray!

5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable Romance!September 27, 2009
New Beginnings was a very enjoyable novel. It involves everything in life: family, heartbreak, sacrifice, friendship and love. The main characters are very likable and conversations between them seem like real life. I feel like I could have the same conversations in my back yard. The author also includes many humorous situations in this novel, which also makes it fun to read, and you find yourself having a hard time putting the book down. A few times, I found myself laughing out loud, and at other times, crying.

The story centers around two love stories. One romance begins with love at first sight, and centers on their struggle to be together. The other love story is about two people who start their relationship as friends, and then that friendship grows into love.

The main characters:

John Stanton: a widower who had lost the love of his life, Jenny, to cancer. At the beginning of the book, he has been re-married for three years, but it is a loveless marriage. Everyone who cares about him has been telling him to throw in the towel, including his two children from his first marriage. He is determined to make it work, even though he knows in his heart that it is hopeless.

Maggie Stanton: John's daughter. In the beginning of the book, she is 16, and at the end she is 18. She experiences much change in to book, going from an innocent and immature teenager to a confident young woman. She is curious about love and relationships, and knows what she wants.

Wendy Burke: A waitress that John meets and he is instantly attracted to. Wendy has made some mistakes in her past, and although she is close to her family, she has decided to live on her own. When faced with a tough decision she returns for the support of her family, and sacrifices her own happiness for the man she loves.

Michael Burke: Wendy's cousin and best friend. He has had a history of one-night stands, and has avoided serious relationships like the plague. His forbidden attraction to a younger woman sends his life into a tailspin, and may affect the happiness of his cousin. He struggles with this attraction, and tries to do the right thing. He is forced to ignore his instincts and choose what he thinks is best for everyone else. 

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