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Sometimes Mine

By Martha Moody

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Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Published In: United States, 04 May 2010
From the nationally bestselling author of the novel "Best Friends," an emotionally affecting story of midlife romance and learning to value the people in your life. Genie Toledo is a spitfire who too young married the wrong guy, had a daughter, quickly divorced, and now, in her forties, has filled the emotional gap by throwing herself into her work and holding friends and family at arm's length even her college-age daughter. The only person to penetrate her thick shell is Mick Crabbe, with whom she's had a decade-long affair. He's a charming guy famous even, a well-known college basketball coach but the fact that they live in different states and see each other only once a week, and that Mick is committed not only to his wife and kids, but also to his basketball team and all those fans, suits Genie just fine. She can take care of herself. She doesn't need him. That is, until Mick becomes fatally ill and the nature of their relationship is forced to change. Genie sets her heart free for the first time and is ultimately altered by the experience. As she becomes intimately involved in Mick's care, and makes herself known to his family, Genie finally understands the importance of making connections with others, and earns, even from the outside world, the extremely moving validation of her significance in Mick's life. Narrated with the warmth, humor, and compassion that readers have come to expect from Martha Moody, "Sometimes Mine"is an emotionally engaging story of learning to appreciate the value of the people in your life, and the realization that sometimes the most meaningful relationships are those that go unrecognized."

About the Author

Martha Moody is the author of the national bestseller "Best Friends" and the novel "The Office of Desire." A practicing physician, she lives in Ohio with her family.

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Outwardly confident and witty, divorced cardiologist Genie Toledo has come to a midlife crossroads. A determined workaholic, she leads a life driven by the needs of her patients first, then the needs of her family and friends. Genie's longtime affair with married college basketball coach Mick Crabbe is her only complete escape. Her vacillating emotional needs and well-hidden insecurities ruling her interactions come to a fore when Mick's daughter needs medical help and Genie meets his wife and children. Then Mick reveals his own fatal illness, and she begins to see new aspects of her bond with Mick. She also starts evaluating her role in other relationships, especially in a particularly strained one with her own grown daughter, Claudia. VERDICT Moody (Best Friends; The Office of Desire) captures the desperate feelings of a mistress caught between her love and her sensibilities. Unfortunately, the plot is occasionally disjointed and the ending is predictably trite. A disappointment after her acclaimed previous novels. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 4/1/09.]--Joy St. John, Henderson Libs., NV Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Doctor-novelist Moody (Best Friends) again zooms in to examine the many facets, features and fissures of a relationship, this time in the story of Genie Toledo, an Ohio cardiologist who has a 12-year-long affair with a married college basketball coach. From medical technology to billing bureaucracy, saving lives to losing patients, Moody shows the demands of medical practice and then treats readers to an almost equal display of insight into the world of college basketball as Genie's lover, Mick Crabbe, prods and nurtures his team to national prominence. Their time together expands from a weekly two-hour tryst after Mick's daughter becomes Genie's patient. Mick's wife further complicates matters when she begins confiding in Genie. And when Mick is diagnosed with cancer, Genie becomes further enmeshed with his family. Moody probes new layers of emotion and personal connection as Genie the heart doctor comes to understand the intangible aspects of the human heart. Instead of applying the cliches of traditional romance to a midlife heroine, Moody introduces readers to a woman who never stops learning about work, family, people and possibilities. (Aug.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

EAN: 9781594484681
ISBN: 1594484686
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Dimensions: 20.27 x 12.9 x 2.26 centimetres (0.25 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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