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HUMOROUS COMING-OF-MIDDLE-AGE WOMEN’S FICTION

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The Widows’ Gallery, part of the new Lobster Cove series

From The Wild Rose Press 

Childless heiress Abigail Adams Longley and three other widows bond over a Renaissance masterpiece in Florence, Italy, and find love, friendship and joy in their joint venture to open an art gallery at the Longley mansion in Lobster Cove, Maine. Since the death of her husband, Abigail has been lonely and drifting in a house that’s too big and a town that’s too small. When she literally runs into sexy widower and whale-watching excursion captain Tack Garrity on the dock, she’s entranced by his adorable five-year-old daughter. But will Tack, who has harbored a secret crush on Abigail for almost two decades, be able to capture her heart? A secret pact her husband made with Tack could either tear them apart or bring them closer together and change their lives forever.

 

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STONES

ISBN-13: 978-1628304411

When Julie Paver’s husband Matt moves his business to Atlanta, she is forced to leave behind her thriving jewelry boutique, Stones. The move threatens their twenty-five year marriage, because now if Matt isn’t out of town negotiating a merger, he’s spending late hours on overseas phone calls with his sexy-sounding second-in-command.

Feeling neglected and unloved, Julie seeks closure by reconnecting with her first love, Manny, when he pursues her with his Internet innuendos. Manny is unaware he is the father of Julie’s son, and Julie contemplates revealing the secret to him on the eve of their son’s wedding. But would such a walk down memory lane be worth the cost?

Julie and Manny finally meet at her oceanfront condo—in the midst of a hurricane—and elements collide to create the perfect storm in this coming-of-middle-age crisis.

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SIGNIFICANT OTHERS

ISBN-13: 978-1628301106

For Honey Palladino, the holidays have lost their magic. She is sure her husband is cheating on her. Her daughter plans to spend the time with a friend. Her widowed mother sees the image of Jesus in a live oak tree. As if that’s not enough, her mother is also talking about going on a Christmas cruise with some old geezer, without benefit of marriage. That would be right after she signs away the family business — the real estate agency Honey’s father built into a company worth millions, the job to which Honey has devoted her life.

At her mother’s condo in Boca Raton, Florida, many have recently lost a spouse and are now with “significant others,” and Honey is intrigued by the promise of new love even at an old age but doubts she’ll ever find another significant other after her inevitable divorce. When her mother reunites with a lost love from years before, Honey is completely undone, but the “Jesus tree” puts into motion a series of holiday miracles. Discovering what’s important in life brings a message of hope for lovers of all ages.

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From Mrs. Condit & Friends Read Books, A Review of Significant Others by Petra:   

GENRE: M/F, holiday
RATING: 4 Sweet Peas!

BLURB:For Honey Palladino, the holidays have lost their magic. She is sure her husband is cheating on her. Her daughter plans to spend the time with a friend. Her widowed mother sees the image of Jesus in a live oak tree. As if that’s not enough, her mother is also talking about going on a Christmas cruise with some old geezer, without benefit of marriage. That would be right after she signs away the family business — the real estate agency Honey’s father built into a company worth millions, the job to which Honey has devoted her life.

At her mother’s condo in Boca Raton, Florida, many have recently lost a spouse and are now with “significant others,” and Honey is intrigued by the promise of new love even at an old age but doubts she’ll ever find another significant other after her inevitable divorce. When her mother reunites with a lost love from years before, Honey is completely undone, but the “Jesus tree” puts into motion a series of holiday miracles.

PETRA’S OPINION: This book was unusual in that the main story revolves around Dee Dee, a lady who’s age you are never given (NEVER ask a lady her age!) but has to be in her late sixties. It is basically set in a retirement community in Florida although Dee Dee is just there visiting her sister, and having visions of Jesus in a tree, not something Jewish women claim everyday apparently! Her daughter Honey comes to visit from Atlanta to get her Mother to return home and back to the family business which her Mother is currently set on selling. Honey is also having relationship problems, in fact this story encompasses the whole family, the POV did start to jump around a little which could be a little confusing but it was just nice to read about older people having relationships and not just being written off. The story does not really jump into the past as many do but there are some wonderful letters that were written during WWII that are in there that do create a great nostalgia. There is also a very small part of the story that is a mystery, good job one of Dee Dee’s suitors is a retired police detective!
For me the problem was that the book just wasn’t very christmassy, I know that being set in the Florida sunshine I was never gonna get snowball fights but it was hardly ever brought up and there seemed to be a great lack of festive spirit or decorations. So yes this is a good and enjoyable read, but at anytime of the year!

Title: Significant Others
Author: Marilyn Baron
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: November 27, 2013
Cover Art: Kim Mendoza
Length: 276 pages

 

 

 

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THE EDGER

ISBN 978146597621-5
The Edger, by Marilyn Baron and Sharon Goldman, is a humorous Women’s Fiction about landscape artist Alexandra Newborn’s shocking reunion with her college art professor, Nick Anselmo—once a celebrated Italian artist, now a homeless lawn man—which sows the seeds for murder, mystery and romance.  In gratitude for food, art materials and company, Nick, or The Edger, as Alex comes to think of him, drops off a new sketch in front of Alex’s house every week when he comes to do her lawn.  Nick’s provocative artwork is the key to revealing a dangerous liaison between Alex’s husband, Mark, and Bitsy Diamond, owner of the gallery where Alex dreams of having a   one-woman show.  When a deadly hurricane takes a dangerous turn the night of Nick’s opening, Mark’s body washes up behind Bitsy’s beach house, leaving readers to wonder whodunit?

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From RT BOOK REVIEWS:

THE EDGER
by Marilyn BaronSharon Goldman

Genre: Mainstream, E-book

RT Rating 4 1/2 stars

Baron and Goldman offer a bit of everything in this superb novel. There’s humor, infidelity, murder, mayhem, and a neatly drawn conclusion. The secondary characters are varied, and the maturation of Nick and Alex is gratifying.

Nick Anselmo was Alexandra Newborn’s art professor in college — until he spurned her advances, and she dropped out of school. Now he’s her lawn man, whom she nicknames “The Edger” from an implement he uses to trim her lawn. Their reunion is awkward, but as Alex makes welcoming gestures of cookies and lemonade, the homeless Nick begins to leave exquisite drawings at her doorstep. Alex’s husband is a workaholic, and her twin daughters are away at school, so she takes advice from Nick to further her own painting career. Her good intentions backfire after she arranges a showing of Nick’s drawings at a gallery. His sketches bring to light the affair between her husband and the gallery’s owner. When Alex’s husband is murdered later that night, the list of suspects grows.

Reviewed By: Donna M. Brown

THE EDGER KEEPER KASE™ CARDS FOR E-BOOK FANS!

The KEEPER KASE™ Cards are here for fans with e-Readers. New York Times bestselling author Dianna Love created this fun, new program to complement the electronic libraries of her fans who want “something for their keeper shelf.”

You can use any photo album that holds multiple signed and personalized 4” X 6” book covers of your favorite e-Books. Start collecting from your favorite authors today! Dianna’s Web site lists other authors who are participating in the program and have cover cards ready to send.  To find a list of all the participating authors, go to www.KeeperKase.com

To receive a free 4X6 book cover card of THE EDGER (signed by coauthors Marilyn Baron and Sharon Goldman), send a SASE (with one first-class stamp in a #10 legal size envelope (4 1/8” X 9 ½”) to:

Marilyn Baron
Baron Communications, Inc.
P.O. Box 767912
Roswell, GA 30076

 

HAPP-E-READING!

Marilyn at the Romance Writers of America “Readers For Life” Literacy Autographing July 17 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

 

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