D-I-V-O-R-C-E by Lynne Marshall

Remember that wonderful Tammy Wynette song?

Yes, it was only two weeks ago that I talked about my thirty year wedding anniversary, so you may be wondering why I’ve chosen Divorce as my blog topic this week.  I’m here to tell you my marriage is fine, and there is a method to my madness.

Do you know anyone who married the same person twice?  Follow this link to see a list of six celebrity couples who have tied the knot twice with the same person.  I remember thinking how romantic it was when Liz Taylor remarried Richard Burton and when Natalie Wood remarried Robert Wagner.  Sigh.  Well, we all probably also remember that neither of those remarriages worked out. That’s not the point of this blog, though.  The point is, sometimes people get divorced when they shouldn’t have, and maybe if these celebrities had stuck it out the first time they would have made it to the end.

And that’s the method to my madness.

I love reunion stories between couples, even if they’ve been divorced.  I love the second chance to get it right, and putting the characters back together when they’re a bit older and a whole lot wiser.  That’s exactly what I’ve done in TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT, my soon-to-be-released single title from The Wild Rose Press.

Too Close for Comfort by Lynne Marshall

Joy Waltham and Paul Donovan were married for twenty-three years before divorcing. They have two grown children and a truckload of shared memories. The book begins three years later, when Paul has left Los Angeles PD and taken a job as the chief of police in his old hometown, Comfort, Maine. Their daughter Edie is an MBA junior business mogul working with her mother, their son Michael is serving his country in the Army in theMiddle East.  With this type of story, I couldn’t ignore the whole family dynamics.

Do Paul and Joy get back together, you may be wondering?  I hope you’ll read this book to find out.

As my good friend Robena Grant put it so succinctly and nicely: This book, set along the Maine seaside, will sweep you up and into the unexpected reunion of an over-forty panic prone business mogul and her small town Chief of Police ex-husband. A two hundred year old B&B is the backdrop for the thrill of second chances, unresolved family issues, an unsolved drug case, a snoopy journalist, and a dog named Roger. Pull up a chair, join me for a cup of tea, and I promise you a fun ride.

And here’s what Romantic Times had to say about Too Close for Comfort in the November 2012 issue: Marshall has a knack for writing stories that target her middle-age audience to a tee. The finely detailed characters and situations may even lead readers to believe parts of the story are based on their own lives…the finish is as warm and satisfying as a bowl of fresh “chowdah.”

Coming October 19th to an online store near you!

Until next week, make it a great one.




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8 Responses to D-I-V-O-R-C-E by Lynne Marshall

  1. Dee J. says:

    I loved Joy and Paul. They are so good together. I love that they found each other again after their separation. (It didn’t hurt that I pictured Bruce Willis as I read Paul either. LOL.)

    I’m a few years behind you on the anniversaries… by about 7… but I plan to catch up!

  2. Yay on your 23 years of marriage, Dee J. I also pictured Bruce Willis (from ten years ago) when I wrote Paul. 🙂

  3. robena grant says:

    How sweet. You quoted me. : )
    Having had the honor of reading an ARC of Two Close for Comfort, I just have to say that I loved this book. I’m a sucker for second chances because often times dumb stuff, like pride, can get in the way and prevent two people who should be together from repairing the rift.
    Glad the release day is nearly here. Happy sales! : )

    • Hi Robena – you did such a wonderful job of summing up my little book. Oh, and that’s the beauty of writing, we get to make things turn out the way we want them to!

      Now you’re making me nervous about my official TCFC launch day. Woo hoo!

  4. Donnell says:

    Whew! So glad it’s not you, Lynne! Love the idea to Too Close for Comfort and I’m a huge fan of reunion stories, so off I go to order!

    • admin says:

      Hi Donnell – I’m glad it’s not me either, Donnell. In fact, I dedicated the book to Sweet William – my hubby. 🙂

      I’m so glad to know you enjoy reunion stories too!

      Thanks for commenting.

  5. Robyn says:

    My grandparents were married twice! Sadly, they also divorced twice. But they loved each other deeply to the end of their days, even though they had gone on to marry others — both disastrous choices, I might add. Too bad they didn’t live in a time or place where it was acceptable to not reside with your spouse full time. I know a couple who found each other late in life, long after widowhood, living across the street from one another. When they married, they chose to keep their individual homes, having collected many treasures and settled into their own personal routines. Now, they spend their days (and nights) either at his place, her place, … or when they need to, separately in their own personal sanctuaries. If my grandparents had had that opportunity, I’m certain they would never have gone through the first divorce. Like oil and water, they made a wonderful blend; but all to often, they were divided by their opposed natures.

    I look forward to meeting Joy and Paul, and discovering how they handle their post-divorce relations.

  6. Hi Robyn,

    What a fascinating story! I know of some married people who do not live with each other, and that works for them. Obviously it works for your relatives.

    Thanks so much for sharing.