With No Regrets by Julie N. Ford
Publisher: White Star Press
Publication Date: PB - May 26, 2015 / eBook - June 1, 2015
Format: Paperback - 340 pages
Kindle - 3329 KB
Nook - 4 MB
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women's Fiction
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Living With No Regrets Is Harder Than It Seems
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.
Praise for With No Regrets: “The imagery is beautiful, the romance very well done and realistic.” Rachel Ann Nunes. Finley is a spunky and snarky Southern woman with a lot of sass! The romance is swoon-worthy and satisfying. And underneath it all, it's got a great message. Definitely worth a read!
My Book Review:
With No Regrets is a wonderful Southern romance / women's fiction story that will tug at the heartstrings and leave you with a smile!
Author Julie N. Ford weaves a delightful tale set in Nashville that follows forty year old new divorcee Finley (aka Finnie) Harrison's journey of self discovery.
After dropping her daughter Royanne off at Vanderbilt University for the summer session, Finley comes home and catches her husband Roy on the couch with fellow garden club member Macy Wallace. After twenty-one years of marriage, and a loveless marriage at that, Finley files for divorce and has to figure out how to restart her life.
When Finley commits a Southern faux pas at the monthly garden club luncheon, think of the Julia Roberts movie, Something To Talk About, Finley's mama thinks she should join a divorce therapy / support group because she's not handling the divorce very well. After attending her first meeting, Finley's not taken with the whole "Divorce Is Not An End But A New Beginning" philosophy, and is reluctant to return to the group. But best friend Cathyanne Morrow has other plans to help jump start Finley's life ... that is her love life to be exact! Cathyanne's plans are to get Finley hooked up with her reclusive country star and friendly neighbor Quinton Townes, but a monkey wrench is thrown into the plans when Finley has her eyes on the hunky gym trainer Josh, who is ten years younger than her, and oh lord add in ex-husband Roy to the list because of Finley's unresolved feelings for him ... and what you get is a middle aged Southern lady trying to figure out how to find her true self, find love and happiness, and to live life with no regrets!
With No Regrets is such a fun story to read! The author weaves a poignant story that mixes humor, drama, friendship, and Southern charm that easily draws the reader into Finley's story. I love to read Southern romantic / women's fiction stories, and this story thoroughly captivated me from the beginning. OMG, I snorted when I read about Finley's garden club incident, a la the Julia Robert's movie, Something To Talk About, which is one of my favorite movies, so this scene in the book got two thumbs up!
There is something special about a story that is able to captivate a reader and take them along the character's journey from beginning to end. With No Regrets does a wonderful job of engaging the reader while getting them to laugh, smile, have their heart strings pulled, and embark on a thrilling roller coaster ride where they will feel like they have experienced the full gamut of emotions. From the sassy sisterly friendship between Finley and Cathyanne; to Finley's romance dilemmas with Quinton, Josh, and Roy; to the crazy antics from the divorce group members; to the ups and downs of Finley's journey towards self-discovery; the reader is in for a special treat when they read this Southern charmer of a story!
RATING: 5 STARS
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.
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