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A Year of Samantha [Paperback]

B D Gardner
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1 Jan 2003
Samantha Van Holt—a clothing store assistant manager—collects male admirers as avidly as she does trendy belts, while her under-appreciated beau Cedric tries to convince her that marriage is a different kind of adventure. Throw in an embezzling boss at her store, a married boyfriend, a spontaneous not-quite-honeymoon in the tropics, and a case of sudden lust for a night-shift janitor, and you have A Year of Samantha. If she survives these twelve months, Samantha may never be quite the same.

A Year of Samantha is a delightful romp from the back rooms of quasi-couture to the waterfalls of Hawaii, as Cedric and Samantha swim upstream against the currents of life, wondering if they’ll wash up on the same shores.

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  • Paperback: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation (1 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401081274
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401081270
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 14.2 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,341,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Four Stars! This romantic novel offers its readers intelligence and a satisfying conclusion through its bright heroine -- ForeWordReviews.com, April, 2003

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In writing A Year of Samantha it was my intention to create a character that broke the rules that define the conventional romantic Chick Lit novel. Samantha is not a charcter that most readers will relate to and like per se, but that is part of her charm. She allows the reader to experience through this book a viewpoint different from their own, and I feel that is the point of reading novels. A Year of Samantha breaks the rules...many people have enjoyed this novel a great deal, others who enjoy 'by the rules' traditional romance novels sometimes find this book not to their taste. It is a 'love it' or 'hate it' novel to be sure, and only you will know which group of readers you belong to.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A promising new author! 20 Sep 2003
By A Customer
When I first started reading this book, I didn’t know what to expect. But after a few chapters, one begins to like the characters and wants to know more. This book is worth a read with a refreshing storyline.
The book is about Samantha Van Holt – an outgoing girl, who is not only attractive, sporty etc. but she is clever too…except maybe when choosing boyfriends! The book is written from Cedric’s perspective – a rich, refined young man. He is madly in love with Samantha, but is not sure about her feelings for her. Unlike most other authors, B.D. Gardner, has written about the insecurities of a man, and how the tiniest things his girlfriend says or does affect his feelings and emotions. In this book, Cedric is the one pressing Samantha for a commitment and not the other way around. She still chooses to go out with a number of men, even while seeing Cedric. In the end, she has to decide which one is the right guy for her - her life’s true love. Does she settle for the rich, popular guys with whom it seems she has a lot in common? Or those who are popular with her friends? Or does she realize that Cedric’s the one for her after all – Cedric, who has always been there for here, through the good times and the bad?
This is a good debut book from the author, and hopefully the first of many…B.D.Gardner is one new author to look out for!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book - By A Great New Author 26 May 2003
To be honest - I doubted that a male author could really impress me with his version of "chick lit". I was really wrong - and should be ashamed. :) Well, I admit it - I jumped to the wrong conclusion. "A Year of Samantha" by B.D. Gardner is really smart, funny and romantic work of fiction that is a perfect for a summer day at the beach.
I really enjoyed Samantha, but I have to say that Cedric was the true gem of this book for me. I really loved him and really rooted for him from the first page of the book. He was charming sweet and really loving. I loved everything about this book - and find myself telling anyone and everyone to pick up a copy.
B.D. Gardner is a really talented writer and I think he has a bright future ahead of him.... who knows, maybe he could be the US's Nick Hornby.
Give it a read -- it's a good one. CHEERS!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great realistic relationships! 3 May 2003
By Melonie - Published on Amazon.com
I first heard about A Year of Samantha from the author himself. He actually sent me a copy of his book to read. I was quite shocked at how good the book actually was.
If you are tired of reading regular "chick lit" books then I was suggest reading this book. The characters are very realistic and you really get drawn into whether or not Cedric and Samantha will actually hook up. I really loved the book because it actually came from Cedric's view and not Samantha's. It has lots of twists and turns and sometimes you do not know whether or not they will stay together. A really great book about realistic relationships!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really fun book! 12 Mar 2003
By "colleene26" - Published on Amazon.com
This was a really fun book - I wanted a light read to enjoy at the beach, and this was really great. It reads and flows really well. When I was half way through I found I was really caring about the choices Samantha was making: I'd say "No, don't do that!" and at night I'd go to sleep thinking about Samantha and wondering about all the things I might have done differently if I had her life. So I really got into it - it is a great beach read.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, some different Chick Lit!! 20 July 2003
By Kelly A. fuller - Published on Amazon.com
Chick lit, Chick lit, Chick lit, thats all you hear these days. Don't get me wrong, I love it. I enjoy reading funny, romantic books. It's nice to read something for the pure escapism. However, a person can only take so much of the same story. They are all the same, Girls meets boy, girl gets dumped, girl loses weight, boy gets jealous and girl meets new boy. Enough already! Lets get some new plot lines! Thank goodness, B.D Gardner must have felt the same way! This author has come up with a new idea.. the main character in this book has self confidence. She is already beautiful. She's friendly, she's approachable and open minded. She doesn't spend the whole time whining to her gay (male) best friend and she doesn't try to lose weight and stop smoking. She is sporty and healthy. Best of all she meets a great guy who can all root for. Buy this book, rebel against your average chick lit!!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must read book! 14 April 2003
By "speedi22" - Published on Amazon.com
I would like to say that i am a big fan of 'girly-girl' novels. I have started reading "A Year of Samantha" and so far I have enjoyed the book, it's hard for me to put the book down.
It's about a young woman named Samantha, she is in her
mid-twenties looking for a man that would treat her right but she always ends up dating a "loser." There is Cedric, who is in love with her but she doesn't want to commit at the time. In the process of dating Cedric, Samantha goes out with a CEO, who turns out to be...well let just say you have to read the book yourself to find out what really happens at the end and if so, is that the end? Enjoy :) Thank you B.D. Gardner
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For sheer summer escapism... 21 Jun 2003
By CoffeeGurl - Published on Amazon.com
...look to B.D. Gardner's A Year of Samantha. This fast-paced modern romance centers on Cedric's adoration for Samantha -- a clothing store assistant manager and proverbial Don Juan in a skirt. Cedric does all that's possible to woo Samantha; however, she strings him along as she basks in a shower of male attention. But Samantha is forced to reevaluate her feelings, especially when she discovers the selfish act of her ruthlessly ambitious boss. There are various twists in the novel.
Gardner has created an endearing character in Cedric. The aforementioned hero has the sort of sensitivity that is seldom used in modern fiction. His infatuation with Samantha is quite realistic. Samantha, however, is illustrated in a more caricature manner -- the character development isn't as vivid as Cedric's. Still, I was able to relate to some of her plights.
A Year of Samantha is sheer summer escapism... The perfect companion for a lazy afternoon in a hammock overlooking the sunset. B.D. Gardner is a promising new author -- he just has to work on bringing his female protagonists to life. Highly recommended...
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