Madeline Rose is a beautiful woman of 25-the daughter of a prominent Philadelphia neurosurgeon. Despite her family's support, she battles formidable insecurities, thanks to a recent, bitter break-up and a turbulent adolescence. Unsure of her future, she struggles to live up to her potential and her highly educated pedigree. Adjusting to civilian life after four years in thMadeline Rose is a beautiful woman of 25-the daughter of a prominent Philadelphia neurosurgeon. Despite her family's support, she battles formidable insecurities, thanks to a recent, bitter break-up and a turbulent adolescence. Unsure of her future, she struggles to live up to her potential and her highly educated pedigree. Adjusting to civilian life after four years in the United States Navy, handsome, affable and ambitious Ken Lockheart has two major goals: to rise above his blue-collar, Shore town roots and to marry his true love. Though the epitome of the all-American male, he retains a basic humility borne of a relentless work ethic and an inner drive to succeed. When a chance encounter in a Somers Point nightclub initiates an unexpected relationship, neither one of them is prepared for the ensuing odyssey of heartbreak, personal growth and spiritual development that leads them full-circle to a Divinely guided conclusion....
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Water Signs Reviews
This is a beautifully written book about a good woman in a confused time in her life. Her wholesome gentleness is both attractive and at times, a little irritating. Her male counterpart is the man every woman dreams of, strong, straight, true and a rugged handsomeness that fulfills the role of a Bodice Ripping protagonist.He still maintains enough imperfection that she can fix him or, does he fix her? You'll have to read to find out. This is as gentle a love story as they come. It's an Earl Gray and fireplace book, enjoy.
I just spent some particularly wonderful hours, reading this contemporary romance by Daria DiGiovanni. To begin, the heroine, Madeline Rose, is an engaging character. She deals with the same issues most real women deal with at some point or other during the course of an average American, middle class, family oriented, and traditional life. I myself, though from a blue-collar background rather than an upper middle class family like Maddy's, have been exposed to many of the same situations portrayed in the novel, albeit second hand, through the eyes of my sister, who dealt with the same sort of dating woes as Maddy, before she married in 1990. These issues (being stood up by selfish men, insecurity on the dating scene, and worries about weight and self esteem) are portrayed in a realistic manner by DiGiovanni.The Rose family reminds me of my own; the novel is set in Southeastern Pennsylvania, near my neck of the woods, as well as the Jersey Shore, Philly, and Florida. I loved reading about the family dynamic similar to mine, with Italian food, sisters who share bedrooms, parents who love and protect their children, (sometimes a little too much), and aunts who love to gamble in Atlantic City. Madeline's Down Syndrome brother and her battle with anxiety were additional themes that spoke to me. I imagine thousands of other women will relate to Maddy in some way or other; her story is of the American girl next door, only deeper. Cliques, cattiness and backstabbing women are not to be found in Maddy's world. What we find are love, laughter, family, hard work, professionalism, beautiful clothes, and pop music. The hero, Ken, Maddy's true love, comes across as very down to earth, and a bit insecure about his blue-collar roots and upbringing in a Jersey Shore town. The couple's sweet beginning turns sour after a series of misunderstandings, missed chances, and over-thinking of average situations. Initially, I was sad. I wanted Maddy and Ken to get married within two years of their initial meeting, have a family, and live happily ever after. But...this was not to be, and that's what makes the story.The separate courses these individuals take, their experiences, (good and bad), and the relationships they nurture with their own families and new friends along the way, make for an exciting ending to this charming novel. Ken and Maddy spend long years living separate lives, making their own choices, building careers, and yearning for each other throughout; the happy ending is worth waiting for.
Maddie Rose is a true heroine of modern, realistic life.I'll start with a disclaimer: I am a friend of the author, who I first met as a guest on her excellent radio show, WriteStream. (Great show for aspiring authors, fyi). I am so glad to have met Daria because otherwise I would never have known this book existed. I am a huge fan of the protagonist, Madeline Rose. Like all of us, she has trials and tests throughout her life, sometimes heart breaking, sometimes just irritating, but kudos to the author for not overdoing it with the drama. (A refreshing lack of untimely deaths, violence, and so forth is one of the things I love about this book.) The result is a very believable and true-sounding tale. The best part of Water Signs is the way Maddy lives her life; with optimism, faith, class, and a wholesome, positive attitude. She has a lovely spirit. I wish there were more characters like her in contemporary literature. It's inspirational to see a positive model of attitude and behavior when we have our own ups and downs.As a twenty-something, Maddy meets Kenny unexpectedly and they are bonded immediately. Indeed, they turn into the annoying couple we all know who are too cutesy-in-love. I laughed when Maddy herself says the same thing about her boyfriend's touchy-feely attentions. Obviously, they both have some maturing to do. The result is a sometimes-wrenching tale of love found, foolishly thrown away, painfully thwarted, sacrificed to pride, and finally, when both partners are truly ready, resolved. I admit that I was sometimes frustrated with the decisions people make in this book but when I sit back and think about it, I know plenty of real-life examples of the same sort of thing. The conclusion of the story is all the more satisfying because of the history this couple shares.I loved DiGiovanni's descriptive style of writing. Since this story takes place over a period of nearly 20 years, times change and styles and attitudes change along with them. Through the detailed descriptions in the book, I could easily picture every scene. I also enjoyed the descriptions of the dramas that play out within all families, even those as apparently privileged as the Roses. Again, so relatable. I found the dialogue to be a little trite at times but mostly it worked. Overall, the story arc is strong, cohesive and relevant. I think I heard that the author is working on a sequel and I really hope so. The characters in Water Signs have become dear to me. I wish I knew them in real life but since I don't, a sequel would be much appreciated.
Hmmm, how do I say this kindly and tactfully...My husband gifted me this book because we are acquainted with the author and her family. What I enjoyed the most was recognizing the characters as the real people I know. The story's main character was raised in the town where I currently live, and many of the place names are actual locations. All that familiarity made the read fun. However, the actual telling of the story was another matter. It was not a polished work that flowed easily, and I even spotted several typographical/proofreading errors. It was often tedious and repetitive. In one chapter, the established style of describing minutia suddenly shifted to the story's jumping ahead by years, subsequently covering months and months of possibly pertinent action in only a sweeping few sentences. I wanted to like the book because the author's family is lovely, but the truth is that I couldn't wait to be done with it.
This was a darn good book! I really liked it alot! In fact check out my review at Temeritymagazine.com
What a rollercoaster ride...
Good book but too many repetitive statement
This is a pleasant read by a first-time author. While not my usual genre, it was well-written and engaging.Water Signs website
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