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Spinning Forward (Cedar Key) [Kindle Edition]

Terri Dulong
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In a debut novel brimming with warmth and wit, Terri DuLong spins a tale of new beginnings, old friends, and lives forever bound. . .

A New Englander born and bred, the last place Sydney Webster expects to find herself starting over is on an island off the coast of Florida. Yet here she is in Cedar Key, trying to pull herself together after her husband's untimely death--and the even more untimely revelation of his gambling addiction. Bereft of her comfortable suburban life, Syd takes shelter at a college pal's bed and breakfast, where amidst the bougainvillea blossoms and the island's gentle rhythms, a plan begins to form. . .

Syd never considered the possibility of turning her passion for spinning and knitting into something more than a hobby, but when the unique composition of her wool draws attention, a door is opened--the first among many. Yet even as she ventures out of her comfort zone, Syd finds herself stepping into the embrace of a community rich with love, laughter, friendship. . .and secrets. And as long-hidden truths are revealed, Syd faces a choice: spin a safety net--or spin decidedly forward and never look back. . .

"Poignant, absorbing, humorous. . .a debut that tugs at the heart."
--Sophia Nash, author of A Dangerous Beauty

"Captures the essence of what often lies in each of our hearts. Don't miss it!"
--J.L. Miles, author of Cold Rock River

Born and raised in north of Boston, Terri DuLong now resides with her husband, two dogs, and three cats on an island off the west coast of Florida. A retired Registered Nurse, she began her writing career as a contributing writer for Bonjour Paris, where she shared her travel experiences to France in over forty articles with a fictional canine narrator. Terri's love of knitting provides quiet time to develop her characters and plots for her future novels.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 746 KB
    • Print Length: 321 pages
    • Publisher: Kensington; Original edition (30 Oct. 2009)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B002RTIN4M
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    • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #254,724 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Farfetched 23 Feb. 2015
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    Disappointing and thought it expensive to others of similar storylines.
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    0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars An okay book 5 April 2010
    Although i did read the book to the end I did skip pages.It started out a really good book but after a few chapters it started to to bore me>The characters were predicatable and the story incredulous.I shant spoil the story but the chances of moving to a new town and discovering relations you didnt know you had is so remote it was rather pathetic.However it was still readable and I did finish it.It was a "nice" ending too.
    It was a book that could be read at the end of a busy day.Light,fairly entertaining-but nothing special.I feel that the author has more to give though and will read more from her .
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    4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful heartfelt read. 27 Oct. 2009
    By Crystal Fulcher - Published on
    I read this book during the read-a-thon and it was a true joy to read. I enjoyed the character of Sydney. She's a fifty-something that has just lost her husband and her house and has to start over completely. Who wouldn't be floundering after all of that? Add to it that she was just going through the motions of life and doesn't really know what to do and you have a great character who struggles to grow and change through the book.

    I was captivated by the small town of Cedar Key. I live on the coast myself and even though my area is growing, it once had that small-town feel, so I felt right at home. I adored the supporting characters. Allison, her best friend. Dora who ends up being a big help and even the eccentric characters in the story really make it. Everyone plays a role in Sydney's new life and they are all interesting characters themselves, who I look forward to reading more about.

    There are several things that contribute to the storyline and I don't want to give away anything about the plot. But suffice it to say it's very engaging and interesting the whole way through. I couldn't put it down and I enjoyed every minute I read. Sometimes you get bogged down when reading a book straight through during a read-a-thon, but that did not happen with Spinning Forward. When I finished I immediately wanted to go back and hear more about the characters which since this is book one in the Cedar Key series, I guess I will get to and I look forward to it.
    29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars A little contrived... 5 Nov. 2009
    By Ami - Published on
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    This book is a quick read, mostly due to lack of depth as far as character development or plot goes. It makes for a nice story, but oftentimes seems to be very fairy tale-ish in which there is the predictable plot twist, the heartbreak, and then the happy ending. Maybe it's because I've read too many books of this genre that I'm slightly disappointed in this debut. One HUGE editing mistake is near the end of the book, when something happens at the time of Sydney's birth: the time noted at the end is vastly different than the time mentioned earlier in the story.

    If you're looking for a "fluff" read and a happy story, go for it. Personally, while I liked it ok, I'm still glad I got it when it was free for Kindle.
    15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars 2 1/2 Stars 20 Jan. 2010
    By Lynn McNamee - Published on
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    Plot/Storyline: 1 Star

    If you enjoy a well-thought out plot with an intriguing or interesting storyline, I suggest that you skip over this tedious, predictable offering. I must admit that I was only able to get through about 70% of the novel. I didn't see any point in boring myself any longer to try to get to an ending I no longer cared anything about.

    Even though the entire story was told from the viewpoint of the main character, Sydney, I was still able to ascertain every event prior to it happening, with the notable exception of some idiotic things that had no bearing in real life. For instance, Sydney, being adopted as a baby, decides to start searching for her birth mother. From her own observations and some dialogue with others, it is obvious who her mother is, yet she takes months to figure it out. I won't even go into the absurd coincidence of her finding her mother on a small island with minimal population that is nowhere near where she was born.

    Sydney decides to start a rather intriguing business of weaving animal fur. Even though her business set up was unrealistic, even to the point of ending up with an unpaid employee, the concept was interesting. At one point, Sydney's brand new computer breaks down. It never seems to occur to her to call the company, or a computer repair person, or even to return it under warranty. She also rents a newly built building for her business, which seemed rather extravagant and unnecessary for a starter business of that type.

    The `romance' portion of the storyline was unrealistic and without any real spark. It especially surprised me when Sydney was showing interest in men only two months after her husband passed away. It's not as if they had a bad marriage, or her husband had been abusive. As a matter of fact, it appeared that her husband went to great lengths to keep up her in the lifestyle she was accustomed to by hiding his gambling addiction. Now, I'm not saying that he should be commended for that by any means, just that she seemed to have wiped out twenty years of a good marriage in her mind because of the gambling problem she discovered after he died. Had he died in the arms of another woman or something like that, it would have been more believable.

    Overall, the storyline dragged out interminably, with very little of interest occuring.

    Character Development: 1 Star

    Sydney was not just naive, but she was also rather stupid. She left everything up to her husband before he died, which cost her everything. After his death, she doesn't seem capable of even taking care of herself. She makes bad decisions on the spur-of-the moment and, at times, is just plain rude to the man she is attracted to, for no apparent reason. She was unlikeable and unbelievable, earning no empathy at all.

    The other characters are just cardboard cut-outs with no depth or dimensions.

    Writing Style: 3 Stars

    The writing style was simplistic to the point of almost making this book sound like a Young Adult novel. The dialogue was stilted and too formal for the setting. The descritpions were good, though.

    Editing/Formatting: 5 Stars

    Both were of professional quality.

    Rating: PG for Adult References
    25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Woman's Celebration of Life! 31 Oct. 2009
    By MSEreads - Published on
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    I do not read a lot of women's fiction but I am very glad I read this wonderful book! I would love to have a half dozen copies to give to family and friends!

    Sydney has discovered that she is lost when her husband dies. As she learns the true extent of his gambling addiction she learns that even their house is gone in foreclosure. She discovers that not only did she never really know her husband but she doesn't really know herself. She is feeling defeated by fear and doubt.

    The story proceeds to follow Sydney through the next year as she grows from a depressed, abandoned, helpless woman to a joyful and assured business woman! Her business has a uniqueness that is charming - I have to check to see if they really do use that source for yarn!

    The story includes a group of really wonderful secondary characters who are instrumental in their own ways in making Sydney face reality and find her own inner strength. There is best friend and B&B owner, Alison; determined and independent daughter Monica; sweet, helpful friend Dora; the very strange and eccentric elderly Sybile; and the elderly and oh so sweet Saren Ghetti! And of course a sexy male friend, Nick!

    The setting is a beautiful place, Cedar Keys, in Florida but it is background to this character driven story. Although the story includes the male and female romantic relationship, with ups and downs, I found this to be a romance of spirit. This book celebrates life and a woman finding her own center and contentment. The writing is easy and flows. I did not want to stop reading and kept wanting to find out what would happen to Sydney next - what she would uncover or learn about others or herself. Will Sydney learn to fully soar? Read this wonderful book to find out!
    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Lackluster and Shallow 28 Mar. 2010
    By E. E. Blabac - Published on
    I purchased this book because the teaser sounded very interesting. Who wouldn't want to read a book about a woman in her mid-fifties, thrown into tragedy, in search of her self and family? Sounded compelling.

    Unfortunately, the book was anything but. The writing was choppy and the descriptions boilerplate. To make matters worse, the same, sophomoric expressions were used repeatedly throughout the book making them highly repetitive and cliche.

    The character development was non existent. I feel this was because the author was trying to create too many relationships. The main character was trying to build a relationship with: herself, her daughter, her long lost birth parents, her friends and a man. There were entirely too many characters for any of them to be developed fully in such a short book. As such, all the character and plot development suffered.

    The only character that was developed was Sydney, the main character, and she was unpleasant. She was whiny, lacked self esteem and respect, over-reactive, immature and very very hard to root for.

    Finally, the "foreshadowing" by the author was so obvious that the reader was left knowing exactly what was going to happen next. The only thing worse than a lackluster and shallow book is knowing exactly what two dimensional act will happen next.

    If you are looking for a book that celebrates women this isn't it. Try The Secret Life of Bees or something like that. This stank.
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