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Finding love is all a matter of timing in a surprising, complicated, and funny memoir by the author of A Marriage in Dog Years. When a mysterious woman summons Nancy Balbirer to a Russian restaurant in New York City, the near stranger’s shocking purple hair and even more shocking news send Balbirer simultaneously reeling back to her past and hurtling toward a future that, a Finding love is all a matter of timing in a surprising, complicated, and funny memoir by the author of A Marriage in Dog Years. When a mysterious woman summons Nancy Balbirer to a Russian restaurant in New York City, the near stranger’s shocking purple hair and even more shocking news send Balbirer simultaneously reeling back to her past and hurtling toward a future that, at almost fifty years old, she never dreamed possible. This romantic-comedy memoir tells the true story of how a pack of Hollywood television writers and the denizens of a fabled but cursed Manhattan apartment building helped the author and one of her best friends turn a thirty-two-year almost romance into a real one. Witty and heartfelt, Nancy Balbirer’s sublime memoir proves that love is possible anywhere, anytime, and at any age.


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Finding love is all a matter of timing in a surprising, complicated, and funny memoir by the author of A Marriage in Dog Years. When a mysterious woman summons Nancy Balbirer to a Russian restaurant in New York City, the near stranger’s shocking purple hair and even more shocking news send Balbirer simultaneously reeling back to her past and hurtling toward a future that, a Finding love is all a matter of timing in a surprising, complicated, and funny memoir by the author of A Marriage in Dog Years. When a mysterious woman summons Nancy Balbirer to a Russian restaurant in New York City, the near stranger’s shocking purple hair and even more shocking news send Balbirer simultaneously reeling back to her past and hurtling toward a future that, at almost fifty years old, she never dreamed possible. This romantic-comedy memoir tells the true story of how a pack of Hollywood television writers and the denizens of a fabled but cursed Manhattan apartment building helped the author and one of her best friends turn a thirty-two-year almost romance into a real one. Witty and heartfelt, Nancy Balbirer’s sublime memoir proves that love is possible anywhere, anytime, and at any age.

30 review for Almost Romance: A Memoir

  1. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This a completely self-indulgent, pretentious memoir that should have been self-published and shared with the author's friends instead of being unleashed on an unsuspecting public. Here's the entire story: Nancy Balbirer reconnects with her friend Howie after 30+ years and they realize they are soulmates. It takes 200 pages for this small amount of plot to play out because Balbirer has to discuss the situation in overwrought prose with all of her fabulous friends (including of course her gay bes This a completely self-indulgent, pretentious memoir that should have been self-published and shared with the author's friends instead of being unleashed on an unsuspecting public. Here's the entire story: Nancy Balbirer reconnects with her friend Howie after 30+ years and they realize they are soulmates. It takes 200 pages for this small amount of plot to play out because Balbirer has to discuss the situation in overwrought prose with all of her fabulous friends (including of course her gay bestie, and her colorful Latina hairdresser), exchange long rom-com-like emails with the object of her affection (who, we are never allowed to forget, is the creator of the hit Netflix show Grace and Frankie), and in general ruminate about her life as a rich, divorced woman whose friends and neighbors are all completely enamored with her. The amount of privilege in these pages is enough to choke a horse. There certainly is something to be said about finding romance after pretty much giving up on the idea of true love, but the whole book could have been reduced to a "Vows" column in the New York Times. In fact, it was.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Zibby Owens

    In her latest memoir, Balbirer writes about the unlikeliest romances, one that was over 30 years in the making. Peppered with her life as an actress and the long friendship with her college love, Howie, this book reminds us that 50 is never too late to find romance. I loved the light tone of this memoir, the refreshing rom-com intimacy, and reading something fun and hopeful in a time of struggle and doubt. It was fun to read about a true romantic story from inside the perspective of Hollywood wr In her latest memoir, Balbirer writes about the unlikeliest romances, one that was over 30 years in the making. Peppered with her life as an actress and the long friendship with her college love, Howie, this book reminds us that 50 is never too late to find romance. I loved the light tone of this memoir, the refreshing rom-com intimacy, and reading something fun and hopeful in a time of struggle and doubt. It was fun to read about a true romantic story from inside the perspective of Hollywood writers. Sometimes, all you have to do is look right in front of you to see the way forward and find true love. Witty, vulnerable, and a little bawdy, this book made me feel like I was sitting down for drinks with a friend who had quite a story to share. To listen to my interview with the author, go to my podcast at: https://zibbyowens.com/transcript/nan...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Blankfein

    Loved this heartfelt and humorous account of a romance in the making that took 30 years to come to fruition! With hysterical emails back and forth between Nancy and Howard, her NYU classmate and current Grace and Frankie producer, their love and support for each other shines through every step of the way and makes for a compelling, quick read that answers the age old question “is there love after love?” Preorder now - available Feb 2022 💕

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This is a sweet story about the evolution of Nancy and Howie's soul-mate/friendship to deep romance/love story for the ages. Nancy has a good sense of humor and I found many scenes quite funny. I especially appreciated the inclusion of several email exchanges between the two of them. It was an interesting story-telling mechanism especially for a modern long-distance relationship/romance. I gave it 3 stars because I thought she included too many long-winded passages that did not enhance the story This is a sweet story about the evolution of Nancy and Howie's soul-mate/friendship to deep romance/love story for the ages. Nancy has a good sense of humor and I found many scenes quite funny. I especially appreciated the inclusion of several email exchanges between the two of them. It was an interesting story-telling mechanism especially for a modern long-distance relationship/romance. I gave it 3 stars because I thought she included too many long-winded passages that did not enhance the story. It was a parenthetical style that left me feeling confused at times. I think this story would be more powerful as a short story with more focus on the relationship between Nancy and Howie. I would also appreciate more exploration and interpretation around the issues that prevented them from realizing their deep love for one another. That said---I am glad I read it because I am a sucker for a good love story and this is definitely a good love story!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Diane (Books and Tequila Blog)

    Almost Romance is a memoir chronicling Nancy and Howie’s relationship from flirty friends to soulmates. Told with humor and emotion, the story was an interesting look at love and friendships evolving. “…doesn’t wistfully referring to someone as “the one that got away” suggest that this person “got away” completely of their own accord, slipping out through an unattended portal? But what if “the one” “got away” because, in fact, they were shoved out the door, bum’s-rush style? That’s the story I r Almost Romance is a memoir chronicling Nancy and Howie’s relationship from flirty friends to soulmates. Told with humor and emotion, the story was an interesting look at love and friendships evolving. “…doesn’t wistfully referring to someone as “the one that got away” suggest that this person “got away” completely of their own accord, slipping out through an unattended portal? But what if “the one” “got away” because, in fact, they were shoved out the door, bum’s-rush style? That’s the story I remember.” The story felt a bit drawn out as Nancy sometimes seemed to run off a tangent… but don’t we all? -3 Stars-

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay LaBrecque

    What a great story! This book is hilarious while maintaining its heartfelt musings and reflections about the author’s tumultuous journey with love leading up to her own happy ending.

  7. 4 out of 5

    txncupcake

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. The book is about Nancy's life and how she has a connection with her college friend, Howie, throughout her adulthood. He likes her, and she likes him. Life goes on until they decide to take the friendship to the next level. This book could have been condensed to a way shorter version if the unnecessary (and confusing)"fluff" had been removed. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. The book is about Nancy's life and how she has a connection with her college friend, Howie, throughout her adulthood. He likes her, and she likes him. Life goes on until they decide to take the friendship to the next level. This book could have been condensed to a way shorter version if the unnecessary (and confusing)"fluff" had been removed.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I wavered between giving this memoir three and four stars, because the writing is uneven, the author constantly and sometimes annoyingly name-drops (mostly celebrities a younger generation will not know & plays they won’t have seen/read), and her style is frenetic and long-winded. However, even though we know how this romance ends, or rather, truly begins, this memoir is hard to put down. And it contains some delightfully funny episodes interspersed with deep emotional insights into the nature o I wavered between giving this memoir three and four stars, because the writing is uneven, the author constantly and sometimes annoyingly name-drops (mostly celebrities a younger generation will not know & plays they won’t have seen/read), and her style is frenetic and long-winded. However, even though we know how this romance ends, or rather, truly begins, this memoir is hard to put down. And it contains some delightfully funny episodes interspersed with deep emotional insights into the nature of romance. Nancy Balbirer, an actress-turned-writer, and Howard Morris, writer of the popular streaming series “Grace and Frankie,” first met back in college in New York City. In classic movie rom-com style, it was boy meets girl…again and again and again. For 32 years, they teeter-tottered between an abiding friendship and romance, despite each eventually living on separate coasts. But they never really fully connected or committed to one another. They each lived separate lives, married different people, had children, worked hard at their craft, divorced their respective spouses, yet never lost touch. This is the story of how Nancy and “Howie” finally chose one another—and who intervened on their behalf (it’s a large cast!) to help them see they were made for one another, as the saying goes. Readers who like breezy reading, witty dialogue, and theatrical references will enjoy the snapshot moments into the romantic intrigue that lies beneath this couples’ many encounters over the years. Balbirer also creates poignancy through the inclusion of email exchanges between herself and Morris that reflect their states of mind throughout the decades. Given that this is a galley with only a few photos, it’s hard to know if photos of the couple through the years and finally together will be included in this memoir. But they would certainly enhance it and save readers from having to Google images, as this reviewer did, to enjoy the spark and sparkle that seem to emanate from this couple at long last. This review is based on an Advance Reading Copy provided by the publisher.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Lamont

    Easy, entertaining read by a very talented--and very smart--writer. Who accomplished something very nearly impossible.....she made me think I might enjoy being in Los Angeles if I were in the company of her and her friends! I told my husband that and his jaw dropped, quite literally (he has had to endure my "I don't like Los Angeles in books or real life" monologues for decades now). I hastened to explain that it's because Nancy Balbirer is a New Yorker and most of the book was set in New York. T Easy, entertaining read by a very talented--and very smart--writer. Who accomplished something very nearly impossible.....she made me think I might enjoy being in Los Angeles if I were in the company of her and her friends! I told my husband that and his jaw dropped, quite literally (he has had to endure my "I don't like Los Angeles in books or real life" monologues for decades now). I hastened to explain that it's because Nancy Balbirer is a New Yorker and most of the book was set in New York. That put his mind to rest. Giving Almost Romance 4 stars not because it's great literature nor because it had any kind of strong emotional impact on me. Nope, it's because I enjoyed the time I spent with Ms Balbirer and her now-husband, TV producer Howard Morris. Definitely plan to read her other books. IN THE CATEGORY OF IT'S A SMALL WORLD So, I'm reading along, thinking about how this is the second book in a few weeks I've read that has been written by someone who writes/has written for TV, and how I can totally see this being a series, AND how there's something about the pacing these folks use that make the books "compulsively readable" (aka "bingeable"). And then about 100 pages later Mr Morris shared an experience he had had with the other author whose book I'd just read! Wild.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I wavered between giving this memoir three and four stars, because the writing is uneven, the author constantly and sometimes annoyingly name-drops (mostly celebrities a younger generation will not know & plays they won’t have seen/read), and her style is frenetic and long-winded. However, even though we know how this romance ends, or rather, truly begins, this memoir is hard to put down. And it contains some delightfully funny episodes interspersed with deep emotional insights into the nature o I wavered between giving this memoir three and four stars, because the writing is uneven, the author constantly and sometimes annoyingly name-drops (mostly celebrities a younger generation will not know & plays they won’t have seen/read), and her style is frenetic and long-winded. However, even though we know how this romance ends, or rather, truly begins, this memoir is hard to put down. And it contains some delightfully funny episodes interspersed with deep emotional insights into the nature of romance. Nancy Balbirer, an actress-turned-writer, and Howard Morris, writer of the popular streaming series “Grace and Frankie,” first met back in college in New York City. In classic movie rom-com style, it was boy meets girl…again and again and again. For 32 years, they teeter-tottered between an abiding friendship and romance, despite each eventually living on separate coasts. But they never really fully connected or committed to one another. They each lived separate lives, married different people, had children, worked hard at their craft, divorced their respective spouses, yet never lost touch. This is the story of how Nancy and “Howie” finally chose one another—and who intervened on their behalf (it’s a large cast!) to help them see they were made for one another, as the saying goes. Readers who like breezy reading, witty dialogue, and theatrical references will enjoy the snapshot moments into the romantic intrigue that lies beneath this couples’ many encounters over the years. Balbirer also creates poignancy through the inclusion of email exchanges between herself and Morris that reflect their states of mind throughout the decades. Given that this is a galley with only a few photos, it’s hard to know if photos of the couple through the years and finally together will be included in this memoir. But they would certainly enhance it and save readers from having to Google images, as this reviewer did, to enjoy the spark and sparkle that seem to emanate from this couple at long last. This review is based on an Advance Reading Copy provided by the publisher.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gabi Coatsworth

    I loved this book! Laugh-out-loud funny in parts, it also tells the kind of story we'd all like to hear. I listened to the audiobook and I'm so glad I did. Nancy Balbirer trained as an actress, and her delivery was, of course perfect. I can't imagine that reading the actual book could be an improvement. I loved her sense of humor, the times when only a Yiddish word will do, and the way she protects the privacy of her daughter and some of her less delightful boyfriends. If you need cheering up - I loved this book! Laugh-out-loud funny in parts, it also tells the kind of story we'd all like to hear. I listened to the audiobook and I'm so glad I did. Nancy Balbirer trained as an actress, and her delivery was, of course perfect. I can't imagine that reading the actual book could be an improvement. I loved her sense of humor, the times when only a Yiddish word will do, and the way she protects the privacy of her daughter and some of her less delightful boyfriends. If you need cheering up - this is the book that will do it. And it has a happy ending - who could ask for more? PS Not for the prudish

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Blankfein

    If you love romantic comedy, you are sure to enjoy author Nancy Balbirer’s witty sense of humor and her candid observations as she peals back the layers of her true to life love story in her new memoir, Almost Romance! Falling in love is not always easy, can take some time and may need a little help from friends. We witness Nancy’s budding almost romance of 30 plus years with young Howie, now Howard J. Morris, the producer of the wildly successful tv show, Grace and Frankie, as their relationship If you love romantic comedy, you are sure to enjoy author Nancy Balbirer’s witty sense of humor and her candid observations as she peals back the layers of her true to life love story in her new memoir, Almost Romance! Falling in love is not always easy, can take some time and may need a little help from friends. We witness Nancy’s budding almost romance of 30 plus years with young Howie, now Howard J. Morris, the producer of the wildly successful tv show, Grace and Frankie, as their relationship get pushed to something more with a little help from the Netflix show writers and the residents of a Manhattan apartment building. There is everything to love in this heartfelt and humorous account of a romance in the making that took what feels like a lifetime to come to fruition. With hysterical emails back and forth between Nancy and Howie, her NYU classmate, we see their relationship wax and wane while experiencing bad timing and missed opportunities over and over. Marriage, a child, divorce, cross country moves, successes and failures and life happened, but a spark between the two of them refused to remain hidden. Their authentic love, from NYC to Hollywood, built over time from years of friendship and heartfelt support for each other shines through every step of the way and makes for a compelling, quick read that answers the age old question “Is there love after love?”. You will root for Nancy and Howie and the possibility of love after 50…a perfect, uplifting story of romance that delivers hope for all, recognizing that finding your person can take time, and reminding us that “falling off the path is part of the path”. For Author Q & A visit Book Nation by Jen.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Loll

    This was super boring and just felt like a self indulgent piece of writing. I forced myself to finish it … I think I read most of it while walking on a treadmill or waiting for my kids to fall asleep. Just not my thing and I didn’t get much if anything out of reading it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bader Reynolds

    Love triumphs! As a fan of “it all should work out in the end” this story bears witness to 2 people who had to live and shed the hard and difficult in order to love one another. To expect things easy is to overlook and not appreciate the wonder of life. Wonderful story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Fiona Macdougall

    A story of what ifs I love the story of 2 people who are in love but can’t quite get it together enough to be in love. It is a love story but also funny and painful too. Great book

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

    I normally don't write reviews for books, but I felt compelled after this one. I will say I started out absolutely adoring this book. I'm a romantic at heart and loved the idea of two people finally finding their way to one another after decades spent circling each other. However, right near the end of the book the author angered me. She spent the entirety of the book "hiding" the identity of several of her lovers, including one of which she affectionately names "Darth Vader." And even had a not I normally don't write reviews for books, but I felt compelled after this one. I will say I started out absolutely adoring this book. I'm a romantic at heart and loved the idea of two people finally finding their way to one another after decades spent circling each other. However, right near the end of the book the author angered me. She spent the entirety of the book "hiding" the identity of several of her lovers, including one of which she affectionately names "Darth Vader." And even had a note at the beginning of the book about changing the names and identifications of characters to protect their privacy. But then, 10 pages from the end of the book, she publishes an email from "Howie" that reveals he's received a communication from a woman that he claims to be a stranger calling him "the One" who went to great lengths to try and find him to tell him this and then goes on to humiliate her by not only publishing the title of one of her books but bolds it, as to give it even more emphasis. So, she hides the identity of her BDSM-loving partner, who allegedly has a not-so-great reputation about town, to protect his identity but blatantly calls out a woman looking for love. So much for women having women's backs.

  17. 4 out of 5

    M.K. McDaniel

    Delightful It took a few pages to warm up to the Author's "voice", but then I found myself enjoying the rather fast-paced dialog and quirky characters. By the finale, I was wiping tears of joy for her. A unique and wonderful experience. Delightful It took a few pages to warm up to the Author's "voice", but then I found myself enjoying the rather fast-paced dialog and quirky characters. By the finale, I was wiping tears of joy for her. A unique and wonderful experience.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

    Thank you to Netgalley and Little A for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. The cover and title of Almost Romance caught my eye, and I expected a contemporary romance until I read the description. When I saw the book was a memoir about a heartfelt, decades-spanning-friendship-turned-maybe-romance, I was just as interested. It was clear from the first few pages that Nancy and Howie had a once in a lifetime, soulmate connection even if they convinced themselves they were meant to be jus Thank you to Netgalley and Little A for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. The cover and title of Almost Romance caught my eye, and I expected a contemporary romance until I read the description. When I saw the book was a memoir about a heartfelt, decades-spanning-friendship-turned-maybe-romance, I was just as interested. It was clear from the first few pages that Nancy and Howie had a once in a lifetime, soulmate connection even if they convinced themselves they were meant to be just friends. VERY When Harry Met Sally. After reading, my opinion is that the author Nancy is clearly overflowing with personality and someone I’d love to know in real life. I pictured her as a later-in-life Cher Horowitz: likeable, intuitive, effervescent. The kind of person that makes those around her feel at ease, and someone who sees the best in nearly everyone. That being said, I also feel that Almost Romance read more like a blog than a book. That’s not necessarily a criticism – the author’s personality translated well to the page, and had a kind of familiarity that made me root for her and Howie from the start. Their friendship and subsequent relationship was described beautifully, and even though the ending is hardly a surprise, it was rewarding to experience it vicariously through Nancy. Without giving too much of a spoiler, I wish we got to see more of their lives after where the story ended. Things I liked: inspiring yet light story, great humor, fun flashbacks, fast paced, decent length, great descriptions of NYC and the wonderful people in Nancy's life there, the way she let us "meet" her family but also protected their privacy Things I didn’t like: some parts felt lacking in structure, many run-on sentences that were hard to follow, excessive Hollywood references I wasn’t familiar with

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    I was given an ecopy of this book in the hopes that I would read it and write a review. I would not normally have read this book, and could have lived my whole life without reading it and not felt like anything was missing. However, the book was enjoyable. The author is likeable and has a sense of humor that I can appreciate. If this were a fiction novel, it would be lacking in tension. But, it is a memoir, so the sometimes hum-drum can be excused. There are no spoilers - I was kept in suspense I was given an ecopy of this book in the hopes that I would read it and write a review. I would not normally have read this book, and could have lived my whole life without reading it and not felt like anything was missing. However, the book was enjoyable. The author is likeable and has a sense of humor that I can appreciate. If this were a fiction novel, it would be lacking in tension. But, it is a memoir, so the sometimes hum-drum can be excused. There are no spoilers - I was kept in suspense up until the last pages, wondering whether the fated couple would work out or not. I think a large number of people wonder about a relationship from their past that never quite took off. This book did not inspire me to make any radical life changes and go seek out a potential lost-love. I think inclusion of numerous emails, formatted as such, was helpful in keeping the reading interesting. I was frustrated though because Balbirer seems to be in the realm of fame, yet names were only hinted or suggested, as if we all had the inside knowledge to know to whom she was referring - or if not then we weren't worthy of being let in to the circle. So she invited us into her life, but kept a large part of it closed off. I understand that this might have been done for privacy reasons of the others involved. But, at the same time, I'm listening to Jim Carrey's "Memoirs and Misinformation" and he does not hesitate to tell us when he has a conversation with Nic Cage or Anthony Hopkins or any number of people. Typically I would read a book like this because I, too, wondered about a might-have-been and I want to get a sense of how it could work out. In the end I feel like I was given a road map without even a compass rose or any street names - not really sure which side is north.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cat-Klig

    Just finished Almost Romance thru 1st reads. What a great find. Thank you Nancy for sharing your very inspiring real life romcom. A true gem highlighting themes of starting over, embracing your true self and bravely putting yourself out there. A fun read that it has got all the feels and tingles of first love, overlayed with the contemplativeness of two protagonists in their 50s having the confidence to be brave and bold and go for everlasting love. So nice to (finally!) read a positive and uplif Just finished Almost Romance thru 1st reads. What a great find. Thank you Nancy for sharing your very inspiring real life romcom. A true gem highlighting themes of starting over, embracing your true self and bravely putting yourself out there. A fun read that it has got all the feels and tingles of first love, overlayed with the contemplativeness of two protagonists in their 50s having the confidence to be brave and bold and go for everlasting love. So nice to (finally!) read a positive and uplifting story of a 50 year old woman embracing all of who she is and confidently and unabashedly going for and getting her HEA.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda Lomazow

    For all they’ve hopelessly romantic this charming funny love story of Nancy the actress /authorand Howie now the producer of Grace&Frankie Will tug at your heart.They met as students in New Yorkbboth sensed there was something special between themNancy said he was the love of her life Howie said he loved her but for thirty years they lived seperate lives she married he lived with women and then one day things change.Absolutely loved their story their hilarious emails congrats to them true love c For all they’ve hopelessly romantic this charming funny love story of Nancy the actress /authorand Howie now the producer of Grace&Frankie Will tug at your heart.They met as students in New Yorkbboth sensed there was something special between themNancy said he was the love of her life Howie said he loved her but for thirty years they lived seperate lives she married he lived with women and then one day things change.Absolutely loved their story their hilarious emails congrats to them true love conquers all.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Loved this! Audio Version - After finishing Nancy's first Memoir, A Marriage in Dog Years (which I loved), it made sense to listen to her second book which is a continuation of her life after divorce. This one follows how she felt after her separation from her husband and how she feels in general about love. I think you will either like it or not. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I also liked the fact that Nancy narrated these books as it made them so much more real and you can feel the emotion. I would Loved this! Audio Version - After finishing Nancy's first Memoir, A Marriage in Dog Years (which I loved), it made sense to listen to her second book which is a continuation of her life after divorce. This one follows how she felt after her separation from her husband and how she feels in general about love. I think you will either like it or not. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I also liked the fact that Nancy narrated these books as it made them so much more real and you can feel the emotion. I would definitely recommend.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Webster

    Actually DNF. 2.5 rounded to 3 stars.It's not a bad book, and the writing is fine. I just couldn't bring myself to care enough to keep reading. If I were the author's friend perhaps I would want to hear this story in its entirety, but I'm good just knowing that she and her now-husband finally got together to live their happily ever after after over 30 years. Happy for them but really don't need the self-absorbed, name-dropping blow-by-blow. 🥱 Actually DNF. 2.5 rounded to 3 stars.It's not a bad book, and the writing is fine. I just couldn't bring myself to care enough to keep reading. If I were the author's friend perhaps I would want to hear this story in its entirety, but I'm good just knowing that she and her now-husband finally got together to live their happily ever after after over 30 years. Happy for them but really don't need the self-absorbed, name-dropping blow-by-blow. 🥱

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda Mellons

    A romance I wasn't crazy about this book; however, I did love it. I know... there were times when she was describing a memory for her, but for me it seems to go off to the rabbit trail. I did love her love story, though. Very much so!!! I'm so glad she and he mate have found true happiness. I'm a romantic at heart, so I just cried. Best wishes for all you go through in life. Thank you for sharing a glimpse A romance I wasn't crazy about this book; however, I did love it. I know... there were times when she was describing a memory for her, but for me it seems to go off to the rabbit trail. I did love her love story, though. Very much so!!! I'm so glad she and he mate have found true happiness. I'm a romantic at heart, so I just cried. Best wishes for all you go through in life. Thank you for sharing a glimpse

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ellen Roddy

    all at Once, You See This is a story of two flawed people who love each other through the years. They both have other relation ships but there is always a thread that connects them. Finally, they agree to meet after along interlude. They see what they failed to see for so many years; they love each other. Finally, they are brave enough to try what they were afraid of for so many yeas.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    I agree with one reviewer who wrote "this should have been self-published and shared with family and friends." Besides being a short book that would have half the number of pages if all the vulgarity was removed, some parts were witty and funny enough to keep me interested enough to read, then scan, then read until I reached the end. Nancy and Howie seem like they were meant to be a couple all along. I'm glad they finally realized it. I gave A Marriage in Dog Years many more stars. I agree with one reviewer who wrote "this should have been self-published and shared with family and friends." Besides being a short book that would have half the number of pages if all the vulgarity was removed, some parts were witty and funny enough to keep me interested enough to read, then scan, then read until I reached the end. Nancy and Howie seem like they were meant to be a couple all along. I'm glad they finally realized it. I gave A Marriage in Dog Years many more stars.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Valentini

    Effortlessly enjoyable I honestly loved the writing style and the “story” of their love. It felt like sitting around a table at a dinner party with a group of newer friends and someone nudges, “oh nance, you’ve got to tell you and Howie’s story!” And then she does, and it’s whimsical and heartwarming and it ends with everyone cheersing and feeling inspired with the possibility of a later in life forever love.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    Partly enjoyed, partly annoyed (especially as my Kindle kept jumping around for some reason, messing up the page order!) The author's world is so far removed from my own and it's this constant sassy, privileged media in-crowd where everyone has to be endlessly witty... I think I'd run screaming if I was in the same room as them! So to me it feels very surface and inauthentic as a way of life, which dilutes the emotional impact. Partly enjoyed, partly annoyed (especially as my Kindle kept jumping around for some reason, messing up the page order!) The author's world is so far removed from my own and it's this constant sassy, privileged media in-crowd where everyone has to be endlessly witty... I think I'd run screaming if I was in the same room as them! So to me it feels very surface and inauthentic as a way of life, which dilutes the emotional impact.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Dominick

    I won this book in a GoodReads giveaway. I didn’t know much about the author going in but the premise sounded appealing to me. This memoir felt… a little pointless? I didn’t find myself rooting for the author and was struggling to finish but it was so short I pushed through anyway. I laughed a couple of times. The author has a good sense of humor but that’s kind of where my praise ends.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine Shouse

    Falling off the path is the path. At times, this book felt like reading something my mother wrote with the witty wordplay and interwoven life snippets. I probably would have enjoyed it more had I understood more of the references. As it stands, I'm glad Nancy got to explore a long-awaited question and that she was able to share that experience and hope. Falling off the path is the path. At times, this book felt like reading something my mother wrote with the witty wordplay and interwoven life snippets. I probably would have enjoyed it more had I understood more of the references. As it stands, I'm glad Nancy got to explore a long-awaited question and that she was able to share that experience and hope.

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