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Marking Time (Treading Water #2)

4.43 of 5 stars 4.43  ·  rating details  ·  1,892 ratings  ·  94 reviews
“Marking Time” continues the story begun in “Treading Water” as Clare Harrington begins a new life. She’s considered a miracle, but everything that’s happened since she recovered from a three-year coma has been something less than miraculous. Now left to grapple with the aftermath of a selfless decision, she is home from the hospital and trying to figure out what the next ...more
Published November 28th 2011
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Overall rating: 4 "Old Lady" stars!

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Warning- Contains SPOILERS for the first book in the Treading Water trilogy!

Wonderful read. I read this in one day and hated every time life got in the way and I had to put Marking Time down. I loved seeing Clare (Jack's comatose wife in the previous book, Treading Water) get her happy ending- oddly in Treading Water I was mad that Clare woke up from her three year coma and almost ruined Jack's relationship with Andi. In Marking Time I was pissed at Jack and Andi for making Clare's life difficu
3.5 stars

Although I kinda felt sorry for Clare in the last book, Treading Water I wasn't convinced that I needed to read about her new romance. But of the two romance storylines that take place in this book, hers felt the realest.

One of the things I notice in Marie Force's books is that a lot of times her characters fall in love really fast. I mean, right away the ILY's are dropping fast and furious. As a reader I am not always convinced that these couples are in love. I didn't feel as if I went
WOW! Marie does it again! I loved this book. I saved this trilogy until they were all out and I am devouring them one after another.

I loved seeing Clare regain her strength and to get a little angry. Her actions seemed a little too good to be true in Treading Water, not that I didn't understand her motive I just doubt I would be that big a person :)

I loved Aidan, so much depth hidden by a sexy, grumpy exterior. I thought he was perfect for Clare, she has been through so much she needed a man who
**SPOILERS for Treading Water, book 1** Beware don't read further if you don't want to know

Another heartbreaker by Marie Force. This is the 2nd book in the series and you must read the first, Treading Water , which has an incredible, heartwrenching premise (especially since Clare, the h in this story, is made out to be the bad guy in book 1). Marking Time has two love stories and follows the timeline directly after Treading Water. I had so many choke up moments in the first half of the book that

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Dec 11, 2011 A Tasty Read Book Reviews rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves Second Chance Romance
In this Continuation of Treading Water, we follow Clare Harrington while she tries to find her place in the world after missing the last three years of her life. She heads to Stowe, Vermont in hopes that some time away from "her home", will help her with her recovery, mind, body and soul. What she doesn't expect is to meet Aiden O'Malley, the handsome man she hired to restore her bothers vacation home. While Clare and Aiden learn more about each other, her middle daughter Kate heads to Nashville ...more
Anne OK
"Marking Time" follows up where the first book in this beautifully written series left off. Clare is now faced with moving on and starting anew after awakening from a coma and making some decisions that she may regret. Her eighteen year old daughter is likewise starting on a new adventure of her own in Nashville. New characters are introduced that will tug at your heartstrings and elicit emotions that make you yearn to know more and more about their lives. With the third book, "Starting Over" to ...more
This second book of the series is focused on Claire, Jack's ex-wife and her try to get back in control of her life. Her daughters are flying out of the nest and she's alone. His ex-husband has a new wonderful family and she feels she has nothing left. So she leaves the home of her marriage and goes searching a new meaning in her life.

She meets a great Irish man with a wonderful family and he meets Clare's daughters and maybe a new family for himself.

Great family story!
Two very unique and different love stories of mother and daughter.

Clare a very kind-hearted and selfless divorced mother of three in her mid forties, finds love once again in seven years younger man Aidan who lost two people he loved the most in a spam of two days over 10 years ago and so far hasn't been able to move on.

Kate, Clare's daughter, who just turned 18 is off to Nashville to chase her dream of becoming a country music star. What she finds there is not only a road to fame and fortune in
I loved this book. I was glad that Clare came to terms with everything. I loved Kate's story and being someone that lives in Nashville, loved reading about this area. I didn't love the ending for Kate and Reid. I wanted more. It left me sad.
Suzanne Barrett
Marking Time is the second book in Marie Force's Treading Water series.

After waking from a three-year coma and discovering Jack, her husband, has a lover and they are expecting twins, Clare Harrington makes a selfless decision to let him go. But what's she going to do with her life? Not caring to stay in the home Jack built for her and left to her, Clare decides to spend time in Stowe, Vermont, helping her brother renovate his house. She hires carpenter Aidan O'Malley to do the work.

Aidan has s
Joyfully Reviewed
Marking Time is a Joyfully Recommended Read

Clare Harrington woke up from a coma to discover her life has changed in more ways than she can count. Two of her daughters have grown into adults while she was in the coma. He husband fell in love with another woman and is getting ready to have babies with her. Not only must Clare face the changes but she must also face the tragedy that landed her in her hospital bed. Clare did the honorable thing and let her husband go so he could marry his new love b
Really just flat out depressing that Jack had to go and marry Andie. I just can't get over the fact that this family went through so much and he comes out with an instant new family. I did love the talk they have before she leaves for Vermont. I Will Always Love You, really 3 years went by and you didn't. Grrrrr......

So the saving grace for me was Kate and Reid. I super loved him, oops I mean them lol!!! The age thing never bothered me but I can see how it would effect their families. This seco
Emily Steinmetz
Wow! I really loved this story. My heart broke for Clare, so much at times I wasn't sure if I would be able to finish. Then there was Kate in Nashville. Since it's where I live, I loved all the landmark, town, and interstate mentions. And I LOVED Reid! I was really rooting for their relationship, although I'm not sure why, considering their age difference. I'm hoping she will touch on that in the next book. Aidan seemed wonderful and I really enjoyed the ending with his relationship with Clare. ...more
What a great book! I stayed up most of the night reading this one, could NOT put it down. This was another emotional story filled with a wonderful cast of characters. Marie did it again! LOVE IT!
I am so glad we got some closure to Clare's story. She happens to be one of my favorite heroines of all time. Her selflessness knows no bounds.
First of all...who cares about Clair? could she brake up Kate and Reid? *dashes of to cry in her pillow*
Another emotional, amazing hit from Marie Force!
Kris H.
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Pulled me in right from the beginning, even had me in tears a time or two, read it in a day. Loved the Clare/Aiden story. Happy for Clare’s HEA after all she’d been through. Didn’t care for the creepy Kate/Reid story. Would have loved Reid for Clare, or Ashton for Kate. Couldn’t get past virgin Kate having just turned 18 having instant sex/love with someone her father’s age (definite need for some in depth counseling there!). You knew it would end badly from the get go. The 46 yr old Reid’s firs ...more
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4.5 Stars

I was so looking forward to this book and I was not disappointed. This book takes us on a journey with Clare and her middle daughter Kate.

Clare has been in a coma for the last three years and when she recovered as a miracle she finds life has changed and moved forward without her. Kate has had to grow up fast in the last three years with her mom's accident. The last three has been anything but normal for Kate.

We now find Clare struggling with he
WOW!!! What a book.. Marie you have done it again. LOVED IT!!!!!

Where do I begin... it was heartbreaking, emotional roller coaster and touching and loving... all wrapped up in one book..

Claire.... sacrificing the one thing she treasured and loved the most she deserved to get away for some "me time". Lets see she was raped, scared for her children's lives, hit by a car, left in a coma for three years and when she woke up life was not as she had left it... her girls were grown and her husband wa
So YAY, the Clare, Jack, Andi situation is now happily resolved (did we doubt that? I do not thing that we did.) I can't decide how I feel about the Kate/Reid angle. It's not that I'm repulsed by the 28 year age gap, but really how much in common does an 18 year old girl have with a man that much older? I did feel as if perhaps Jack got a WEE bit out of control over the situation, but then again it's not my baby girl boinking my college buddy so.....
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Jen Emig
So so so in love with this series. I will admit I was kind of unhappy at the ending and I wanted more. So I'm glad book 4 continues with Kate's story. I'm flabbergasted that book 4 was an add on. If that book didn't exist I'm be really really sad.

Marie just writes such a good story. The storylines and characters have good depth. I get hooked and can't put the books down. I read them too fast and suddenly it's over and I want to cry.
In Marking Time we follow Clare as she rebuilds her life after coming out of a three year coma. She finds her husband in love with another woman and expecting twins. Andi is good to him and her girls, so she lets Jack go. Her three daughters have grown into wonderful young women and knowing that Andi was there to help them along the way hurts. So she needs to take some time to get over missing her past life and figure out how to make a future for herself like everyone else around her. So she goe ...more
Beautiful sequel!
Marie Force rally knows how to grip the heart strings. Going in the story, I knew Kate was to be paired with someone older, but it felt so genuine, and not perverted, you don't choose who you fall in love with? I love the story for Claire and Aidan, that Claire got to start a new great chapter of her life.
This series is so interesting and heart tugging, I loved Clare's journey, she was in a coma three years, wakes to find her life has left her behind so she takes a journey of discovery that leads to new love. Highly recommend this book and Read all the Trading water series.
Kerry Richardson
Another fabulous story in this series. It was lovely to see how Clare progressed after the accident and divorce. All the characters are strong and you can easily get lost in their lives and dramas. These books are so well written and I can't wait to read the next instalment.
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Treading Water (4 books)
  • Treading Water (Treading Water, #1)
  • Starting Over (Treading Water, #3)
  • Coming Home (Treading Water, #4)
Maid for Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island, #1) Fool for Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island, #2) Fatal Affair (Fatal, #1) Ready for Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island, #3) Falling for Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island, #4)

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