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Leaving Normal | [Stef Ann Holm]

Leaving Normal

After ending her marriage, 43-year-old Natalie Goodwin opens the floral shop of her dreams. But pouring all of her energy into her new enterprise doesn't keep her from noticing the ruggedly handsome fireman across the street, 34-year-old Tony Cruz, though he's married and safely unavailable. When Tony's philandering wife dumps him, however, Natalie begins a friendship that gradually evolves into more. But soon Tony's desire for children complicates Natalie's ideal romance.
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Publisher's Summary

USA Today best-selling author Stef Ann Holm's Leaving Normal features the growing relationship between two divorced neighbors. After ending her marriage, 43-year-old Natalie Goodwin opens the floral shop of her dreams. But pouring all of her energy into her new enterprise doesn't keep her from noticing the ruggedly handsome fireman across the street, 34-year-old Tony Cruz, though he's married and safely unavailable. When Tony's philandering wife dumps him, however, Natalie begins a friendship that gradually evolves into more. But soon Tony's desire for children complicates Natalie's ideal romance.

©2005 Stef Ann Holm; (P)2006 Recorded Books LLC

What the Critics Say

"Holm's delightful romance...shows that that you are never too young or too old for romance." (Booklist)

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    Maria Brighton, CO, USA 02-28-08 Member Since 2005
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    "A Disappointment"

    I had high hopes for this book due to its 3.75 rating. However, I had to force myself to finish it. Talk about slow moving and boring! I walk half an hour everyday and clock myself on my pedometer. The initial sex scene of the main characters lasted longer than that. It was so detailed that the sexual tension the author had built up for more than half the book dissipated. It wasn’t hot, it was tedious. The narrator didn’t help. This was not a performance, but a read. Check out books read by Barbara Rosenblat if you like your books performed, rather than read to you in a semi-monotone.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen Sterling, United States Minor Outlying Islands 02-20-07
    Colleen Sterling, United States Minor Outlying Islands 02-20-07 Member Since 2006
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    "horrid narrator"

    This book just drones on and on and never finishes the small subplots. The main character also contradicts herself on more than one occasion. Add to this an absolutely horrid narrator who sounds like "Rose" from the tv show "Golden Girls" and you have got yourself a story that you just can't wait to end! I am making a note to remember NEVER to listen to this narrator again!

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    Sarabalcombe 01-06-07 Member Since 2012
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    "Great"

    loved it! heart warming, sexy, romantic etc. Great book, couldnt stop listening! Cheers

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    rosalee schraeder 02-02-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Nice Surprise"

    This one was a nice surprise. Good story and good ending.

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    "Hard to listen to..."

    The narrator of this book is horrible. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. She drags this book out it could and should be read in a few hours!! There is NO PLOT either. Don't waste your money!

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