Review: Starting Over by Barbie Bohrman


Single mom Vanessa Holt has a daughter she loves, a supportive family, and her art. Having given up on finding true love—if that even exists, which she doubts—she’s content to put romance on the back burner. But not everyone agrees. Those nearest and dearest are ready to see Vanessa let down her long blonde hair and have some fun.

To put their grumbling to rest, Vanessa agrees to go on a date with the next man who asks. Luckily for her, that man is Cameron Thomas, her daughter’s extremely handsome science teacher. She’d felt a spark of chemistry the first time she’d laid eyes on him. Now she’s ready to lay a whole lot more on the sexy bachelor.

But just as things get hot, they also get heavy. When the man who broke Vanessa’s heart reappears, her old doubts and fears about love rush to the surface. Will her fresh start with Cameron be over before it’s barely begun?

My Review:

I really enjoyed this book! You can expect some humor, swoon-worthy moments, and a bit of angst, and when all combined it makes for a perfect read. I must admit, I loved the secondary characters, sister in law & niece, so much that I honestly think that they made the book better and without them I’m not sure I would have liked the book as much as I did.

Vanessa Holt (the main character), I didn’t like her most of the time. She was a bit wishy-washy to me! I found myself saying, “MAKE UP YOUR MIND WOMAN!” Then I thought about it maybe this the appropriate reaction for someone who has gone through all that she has been through in her past and she’s just trying to protect the relationship she currently has with her daughter as single mother. It seems that it was really hard for her to make a drastic change in her life and let someone new in. Her family was so ready for her to date but they didn’t understand her feelings since they hadn’t gone through what she had been through. I like that this books gives a fresh perspective on how single moms feel and think when deciding who and how to date again.

Cameron Thomas was an amazing character. I liked him but he was too patient with Vanessa! I felt like he should have wanted better for himself at one point. She just wouldn’t make up her damn mind, so freaking wishy-washy. I wanted him to give her a little bit of tough love. This tough love, in my opinion, would have lit a fire under her ass and forced her to bring forward her true feelings and emotions much faster. Cameron was amazingly patient and sweet and I really liked that about him. They just seemed to be a good fit for each other!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I did think it was a bit short and I could have easily read another 100 pages. The whole, single mom dating the daughter’s science teacher is a great story line. Also, I love reading books where a man (or even a woman) will take on his or her significant others child or children as their own. It’s a ready-made family and it’s humbling that someone is okay with all of the challenges that come along with this in order to be with someone and part of this ready-made family.

“Life is all about the moments that make up the big picture. Sometimes those moments can be as big and vast as a clear blue sky on a bright, sunny day. And sometimes those moments can be so tiny and unremarkable that they slip through your fingers before you realize they will come to mean something to you greater than you ever imagined.”


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