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Play it Again, Sam [Paperback]

Maryann Miller

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Book Description

1 Dec 2000
Life as she knows it ceases to exist for Samantha Rutgers when her husband of twenty-plus years decides he no longer loves her. The challenges are myriad. Can she build a life without him? Will her daughter always blame her? Can she ever trust a man again? And what is she going to do about sex? Cover design by Dany Russell. “PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM turns the standard "The End” of a marriage into the "Once upon a time" of a genuine grown-up love story. A life- and love-affirming look into the real life events of divorce, children, exes, memories, regrets, beginnings, and the courage to love again.” Laura Castoro author of A New Lu, Icing on The Cake, and Crossing the Line “This is a poignant story of human frailties, emotions, turmoil, confusion and the sometimes, inescapable fear of the unknown. Samantha is encouraged to turn-off the familiar road of ‘what use to be’ and forge a new path of ‘what could be.’ Miller develops her characters well in this enjoyable story, giving them qualities that we would all relate to. A sensitive portrayal of romance, not of the sweet first time love, but a realistic viewpoint of life and love, and the curve ball it can throw.” Review by J.B. Scott
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Clocktower Books,US (1 Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743301153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743301152
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 1.1 cm

More About the Author

I have been writing for a long time and got my start in journalism, writing feature stories and columns, but my first love has always been fiction. It is so heartening to see that readers are enjoying my books. Getting a note from a reader who loved my story or really connected to a character is such a thrill. I write in a number of genres from mystery to mainstream, so there is something for every reading taste.

When not working, I love to read, quilt, do jigsaw puzzles and play farmer on our little acreage in East Texas. It's wonderful to go out in the morning and have my horse come a greet me with a nicker. I think it is because he loves me, but really he's telling me to go to the barn and get him some hay.

I share this space with my husband, the horse, a goat, three cats, and a dog. Our kids and grand-kids love to come out to "Grandma's Ranch" and we love to have them. Although the horse would prefer not to work as hard as he has to when they are here.

I also enjoy live theatre and have directed a number of shows at a local Art Center. A few years ago I got brave and took my first role on stage, and I am now bitten by the acting bug. One of my favorite roles was as Aunt Martha in "Arsenic and Old Lace". What a thrill it was to do a role that has been played by so many great actresses.

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About the Author

Maryann Miller is an award-winning author of numerous books, screenplays and stage plays. Her mystery, Open Season, is the first book in a new series that features two women homicide detectives in Dallas. Think "Lethal Weapon" set in Dallas with female leads. It has received rave reviews from Publisher's Weekly and Library Journal. The second book in the series, Stalking Season, was released in 2012. In addition to the mystery, Miller has a suspense novel, One Small Victory, published as an e-book and in paperback. It was originally published in hardback in 2008. Her young adult novel, Friends Forever, is also available as an e-book and paperback. Play it Again, Sam, a contemporary romance is available as an e-book and paperback, and a short story collection, The Wisdom of Ages, is also available as an e-book and paperback. Miller is the Theatre Director at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts, where she had the privilege of directing one of her original plays several years ago. She enjoys directing, especially working with young performers. When not directing, Miller likes to be onstage and has appeared in "Squabbles" as Mildred at the Main Street Theatre in Sulphur Springs, Texas, where she also appeared as Mama Wheelis in "Daddy's Dying, Whose Got the Will?" and Martha Brewster in "Arsenic and Old Lace." Among the awards she has received for her writing are the Page Edwards Short Story Award, the New York Library Best Books for Teens Award, first place in the screenwriting competition at the Houston Writer's Conference, placing as a semi-finalist at Sundance, and placing as a semi-finalist in the Chesterfield Screenwriting Competition. She was named The Trails Country Treasure in 2011 by the Winnsboro Center for the Arts. Her website is Blog: Facebook and Twitter @maryannwrites --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Tales review 13 Oct 2002
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By TT reviewer Chere Gruver [full review on our website]
Samantha, or Sam, as she prefers to be called, is about to have her life turned upside down. Her husband comes home from work that day to tell her that he has decided to move out and wants a divorce. John won't even talk to her about it. He tells her that he is unhappy while he is packing a suitcase. A few days later, Sam finds herself walking out of the courthouse a divorced woman. Sam's life as a corporate wife is now over. After 25 years of marriage, Sam finds herself at loose ends. The first person Sam decides to call is Margaret, her old friend. Margaret tells Sam that there is probably a bimbo involved somewhere. Sam calls her son and tells him what she can about the situation. Eric is very supportive and offers to have Sam live with him. Sam decides to put off telling her daughter for tonight. A little while later, Melissa calls Sam and wants to know why she forced her father out of her life. Melissa is under the mistaken belief that the divorce is all Sam's fault.
Sam decides to go visit Margaret in Houston. Margaret is single and the same age as Sam. They went to college together. Margaret finally talks Sam into going back to college to get her degree. She offers Sam a place to stay while in school. Since Sam doesn't really know what she wants to do with life, the idea intrigues her and she decides to go for it wholeheartedly. Sam goes back home, sells her house and moves in with Margaret.
Frank lost his wife to cancer. Unfortunately, she was also an alcoholic. Frank had finally talked her into going for help when the cancer was discovered. Frank moved out to Houston after his wife died. His son and his family are still back east.
Frank and Sam meet. They feel an immediate attraction for each other. Sam gets a job through Margaret with an ad agency. Frank is one of the agency's clients. They actually meet Sam's first day on the job, when Frank comes in to see one of the account executives. Sam and Frank begin dating.
Will Melissa ever forgive Sam for the divorce? Will Sam ever become independent and able to rely on herself? What will happen between Sam and Frank? How well will Sam do in school and in her career choice?
This was a very moving and touching book about how one woman rebuilds her life after the dissolution of her 25-year marriage. Her fears and successes are all very real. I especially enjoyed watching Sam flounder her way through a relationship with Frank after being married for 25 years. I loved seeing Sam grow into a independent woman, in charge of every aspect of her own life, from her career to her love life to her relationship with her two grown children. This is a book that every divorced woman can relate to and I can definitely recommend it for any age woman.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maryann Knows! 8 Mar 2004
By Jim H. Ainsworth - Published on
As only an occasional reader of romance fiction, Maryann Miller kept my interest on each page with believable characters and terrific dialogue. The plot was suspenseful, yet realistic. Real things happening to real people in interesting ways. Good stuff. Ms. Miller knows how people speak and probes the depths of how we feel in situations of divorce and starting over.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Plot+Strong Writing=Wonderful Book! 15 Nov 2001
By NaNaYa - Published on
Even the title hints at it...this is a book you are going to want to enjoy again and again. Maryann has one of the strongest literary voices in contemporary fiction today. My suggestion: Buy this book...and every work of fiction she writes!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a most enjoyable read! 30 Oct 2011
By Cynthia J Sanders - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Without being melodramatic as so often happens, Miller tells the story that so many women have lived... going through an unexpected divorce and rebuilding thereafter. It's realistic and believable as Sam works her way through the many conflicts she experiences... altogether, a most enjoyable read!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it again... 2 Dec 2013
By Phoebe Matthews - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This novel is a good example of women's fiction, diving right into the protagonist's problem with the opening lines when she says to her husband of more that 25 years:

"John, you can't be serious."
"I'm sorry."
"But a divorce! How can you...?"

He can and does, refuses to discuss his reasons other than to say he is unhappy, and away the story goes, through the emotional and legal problems, money problems, a total life change that involves their two grown children, the sale of the house, the search for stability, and misunderstandings with friends, and all the other awful things that happen in this sort of situation. Some you may guess at, others you won't. The wife who thought her marriage was a good one has to find a new self image, and it isn't easy. Well, it couldn't be, could it? This novel kept me turning the pages.
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