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Actually a fun book to read and quite different than what I expected. I thought I had a romantic comedy to review, and while that existed, it also had some very poignant parts. Dealing with any kind of weight problem, be it gain or loss, can be traumatic. It affects so much of our psyche. Our confidence, our constant wondering of how people perceive us, our ups and downs. Many of these things were addressed here, and I must say there were plenty I identified with.
But above it all, there was a long stream of humor which made a difficult problem a little lighter to read about. The same humor made us able to laugh at ourselves a little, and we all know we need that. This is an author who can define her characters well enough to become your friends. Making this a nice comfortable read.
Eat Your Heart Out is Book 2 of a series titled “Starting Over”. Both books have good reviews.
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read an excerpt...
“So, this is what it’s like being on a date with you.” Dana hesitated—caught herself. “This isn’t a date, is it?
Her voice flattened and she took a sip of wine. “Oh, I’m not belittling your gesture, bringing me to this fine establishment. But it isn’t a date because you’re seeing that woman, aren’t you? The one you asked me for advice about.”
Alex fidgeted. Idiot. Asking Dana how to recognize the signs a woman was interested––what had he been thinking? What could be more awkward? This. This was definitely up there on the list of more awkward moments.
“You’ve always been straight with me,” she said, holding the wine glass in midair.
That little flash of skin whenever she raises her arm. He picked up his wine glass. At this rate, he’d have to order a second bottle, simply to block his mind from going where it shouldn’t.
“Alex, do it again, be straight.”
He leaned in, took the glass from her hand and put it on the table. “Come closer,” he said. “I want to whisper sweet somethings in your ear.”
She bent toward him, a puzzled but amused expression percolating, her face glowing in the subtle lighting.
“Yes?” Her voice throaty, challenging.
“This is a date,” he said and tilted his head, brushed her lips with his, pulled back slightly, and did it again.
about Shirley Goldberg...
Shirley Goldberg is a writer, novelist, and former ESL and French teacher who’s lived in Paris, Crete, and Casablanca. She writes about men and women of a certain age starting over. Her website http://midagedating.com offers a humorous look at living single. Her books FINISH THIS and dating in mid life, and her friends like to guess which stories are true. Eat Your Heart Out is the second book in the series Starting Over. Middle Ageish, the first, is available now. Her characters believe you should never leave home without your sense of humor and Shirley agrees.
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