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Treading Water (Treading Water #1)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  3,444 ratings  ·  277 reviews
Love is the last thing on Jack Harrington’s mind when he sets out to meet Andi Walsh’s flight. Recently back to work after spending more than a year tending to his comatose wife, Jack is focused on getting through each day and caring for his three daughters. However, the moment he sets eyes on Andrea Walsh, the interior designer who has come to decorate the hotel his compa ...more
Paperback, 370 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Createspace
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I liked this book quite a bit despite some the moments when I wanted smack some of the characters upside the head. Hard.

So here's the thing, Jack's wife of 20 years, Clare, gets hit by a car and goes into a coma. Everybody except Jack are basically saying "she's had it." After about year and a half, where Jack doesn't give up on his comatose wife, sits by her side everyday (luckily he's super rich so he doesn't have to work or anything) his family basically tells him he needs to start living aga
Solid 4 1/2 stars. Wow, such a intense heartbreaker with so many wonderful characters. I was on the edge of my seat reading this one. I felt the themes were very difficult. Jack's wife is in a coma after a horrible accident, Jack's perfect life and family is ripped apart. He is the perfect husband and takes care of her, refuses to give up on her. You get glimpses back into their young love story and feel their connection, as well as, see their beautiful family life. A year later Jack decides he ...more

3 Stars! Different, but a little too sweet for me and soap-opera-ish for my taste!

I'm in the minority here, I know a lot of readers love this book. So, here's my dilemma, I listened to the book on audio and the narrator was...meh...she read slowly and sounded nasally. There was very little distinction between the characters voices. Would I have liked this better if I read the book? Not sure, because even though I thought the storyline was very unique, I didn't care for the way some of the issues
Today I just found myself telling a friend about this book and how I was so dazed and blown away by it. Most reads in contemporary and historical (even in most paranormal) romance genre tend to be shallow. Probably because it's not easy to write about taboo topics and make the readers comprehend things in exactly the way an author wants or needs to. So every time I find a good read, one which makes me re-think about every value that has ever been thought to me, one that makes me see things -I wa ...more
Let me start by saying that I absolutely love Marie Force's books and I am a HUGE fan of her McCarthy's of Gansett Island Series. This book had a very interesting story and one that makes you question what you would do in a situation where you are happily married with a loving family and all of a sudden your spouse falls into a coma and you accidently find love in someone else while your spouse lays lifeless on a hospital bed. (Not exactly the kind of stuff most folks consider very often). This ...more
Dear lordy lord...

People went on and on about the heroe's comatose wife and how unfair it all was to her...
Booohhooo,(view spoiler). The person I did feel sorry for was Andi. (view spoiler)
jack is such an ass**** if all heros were like jack i would quit reading romance novels,andi for a woman who had a failed marriage to go and have an affair with a married man(yes it was an affair clare was still alive even though she was in a coma)jack and andi move in the same bed that he used to share with clare,even though the are other bedrooms in the house.when poor selfless clare told jack to end their marriage never mind that poor clare was sick jack had to rush and marry andi.i hate a bo ...more
Linda Sims
There are three main characters to this story, Jack, Clare and Andi. Jack and Clare have been married for years. Then Clare has an accident and is in a coma, for a year Jack dutifully attends her bedside. His family urge him to move forward with his life, here's where Andi enters the picture, it's not long before they're an item, he moves Andi into the home he and Clare had shared, everything is going along swimmingly. But then Clare wakes up!

This story made me laugh, what a waste of space Jack
☆°•..  Jillie Anne ..•°☆
This book made me feel ill .... There were so many moments of REALLY in this read that the list is to long to go into. Jack is the WORST HUSBAND. The plot has holes in it ... but lets cut to one part, the kids are not having fun at home so they MOVE the mother of these girls out of the house to make them "feel" better? From there I can just say this reminds me of my friend who was dieing of cancer and it took four years. Toward the end she knew she had been "replaced". It took her husband no tim ...more
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Treading Water (Treading Water Series Book 1) by Marie Force


Love is the last thing on Jack Harrington’s mind when he sets out to meet Andi Walsh’s flight. Recently back to work after spending more than a year tending to his comatose wife, Jack is focused on getting through each day and caring for his three daughters. However, the moment he sets eyes on Andrea Walsh, the interior designer w
4.5 Stars
Marie Force is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. She writes such wonderful and emotional romances. I really enjoyed this one in particular because the H/h weren't 20-something hard bodies. It was great to read a steamy romance with mature characters. Romance does not end at 39!

Added plus - No scary moments and no post-apocalyptic demon dogs! ROFL
Anne OK
A full review will follow soon. (Note: This is the first book in a new series by Marie Force. It is a beautiful story that will captivate romance readers without a doubt. It has some bumpy storyline and you'll need to have the kleenex handy but overall, one of the best romantic relationship books I've read.)
Marie Force has changed my view of contemporary romance. Another great bk, 4.5 stars. Even with all the twists and turns this story takes, I kind of suspected from the beginning what might happen to change things but not how it would all play out. Wonderful characters too. Jack, his family and Andi have so much to deal with mentally and emotionally. Couldn't put this bk down until I finished and knew what would happen for Jack and Andi. Adored the side story with Jamie and Frannie too. Wonderful ...more
FAST-PACED-TEAR-JERKER! I have come to love these, because the gut-wrenching-tear-my-heart-out scenes only last long enough for me to get glassy eyed but never really produce tears. Sometimes I read tear jerkers and have to have a box of Kleenex beside me while I hiccup, sniff, blot tears and finally have to put the book down. And while I LOVE a good emotional read, sometimes I put off books because I've heard they are so sad. This one most definitely has gut-wrenching-tear-my-heart-out scenes b ...more
I love love love Marie Force. I think she's terrific. This book is NOT a good example of her writing. Jack was a complete ass. This was just a meh story with a character that I wanted to slap around from beginning to end. I just never connected to it.

That being said, I feel like I need to reiterate my enjoyment of all things Marie Force. Her books generally leave me smiling like a loon.
Hope Frost
It is no secret, I am a huge fan of Marie Force, but Treading Water is my most favorite book that she has written and in the top 5 of my all time favorite book ever. Marie takes you for a ride in Treading Water, a ride with lots of bumps and several epic turns of events that impact a family to its core. I cried in several places during this book and thought several times, how is Jack going to actually get his HEA, I laughed, especially at some of the banter with the kids. And I was angry, very a ...more
Rachel Regina
Overall rating: 4 stars!

Cheating: (view spoiler)
This book was included as part of a Kindle giveaway I won from the USA Today Happily Ever After (HEA) romance bloggers.

I kept going back to the reviews at Goodreads to make sure the readers and I were actually reading the same book. I read a lot of them and wondered: ARE we reading the same book? What am I missing? With the exception of a review by someone I'm pretty sure didn't actually read the book, everyone loved it and cried buckets.

It's unfortunate that I didn't find this story or the char
Love is the last thing on Jack Harrington’s mind when he sets out to meet Andi Walsh’s flight. Recently back to work after spending more than a year tending to his comatose wife, Jack is focused on getting through each day and caring for his three daughters. However, the moment he sets eyes on Andrea Walsh, the interior designer who has come to decorate the hotel his company is building in Newport, Rhode Island, Jack begins to wonder if Andi might be his second chance. After a disastrous marriag ...more
I cannot even say how much I loved this book! This book reminded me that there are certain things I can expect from a Marie Force book: 1 - I am going to SWOON for the leading man (no one writes a leading man like Marie!), 2 - A well told story that is going to go straight to my heart, 3 - the tears I shed or sadness I feel is the result of characters and words that really touched me, not because of over the top angst intended to rip my heart out, 4 - a few more songs I just HAVE to add to my iP ...more
A very good story. I was a bit scared at the beginning because of some not so good reviews here on GR but I got my courage and read it anyway, and I'm very glad I did it!

The story is a bit hard, Jack has everything, a wonderful wife, a good marriage and three wonderful girls, when his wife falls in a come after a car accident (it seems more a suicide than an accident).

After one year attending a sleeping wife he decides to come back to life for his daughters. In the end he will fall in love with
4.5 stars

Another great story from a favorite author, Marie Force. I loved that the plot line is complicated, messy, and might make some readers uncomfortable. I can't see mainstream publishing taking on a plot where the very likable hero, Jack, makes a decision that could potentially turn some readers off. I'm so glad that Marie Force self-publishes and can tackle controversial topics.
I read this book in about 12 hours. I couldn't put it down. Thank you Marie Force for your amazing storytelling. You create characters we cannot help but love.

I'd really love to start book 2 but it is 1:15am I should probably just go to sleep. I think I'll one click and buy book 2 now so that I can start reading when I wake up!!
Treading Water does not follow the "typical" romance formula. It does have great characters, an amazing story, and tons of emotion. I loved this book!
Danielle Taylor
I really struggled with this book because I had a very hard time with the decisions the main characters made. SPOILER ALERT: Jack was married for 20 years and was portrayed as being deeply in love with his wife (except for the last few months they had been having problems). Then his wife ended up in a coma. He completely falls apart for the first year because he is so grief stricken but then meets a woman and within weeks he is madly in love with her. However, he stays married to his wife becaus ...more
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Well let me start by stating this one will really make you think. Jack and Clare Harrington are happily married with three beautiful daughters Jill, Kate and Maggie. But in one afternoon their entire world changes. Clare is hit by a car and she's in a coma. As I read this story I asked myself what would I do in this situation. Jack cuts himself off from everyone for a full year sitting by his wife side. Even though physically Clare was there but her life had stopped. What would you do in this si ...more
Kami Dodson-Perry
I have read all the books thus far in Marie Force's The McCarthys of Gansett Island series which I am totally hooked on. I see this 1st book in Treading Water very similar in the fact that each book will intertwine the characters into each other, which I love.

This first book is based on Jack's world, his 3 little girls, his wife Clare, sister Fran, best friend Jaime, & Andi's world with her deaf son.

The story made me cry. It was very sad & a little predictable at times. It was Jack's int
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With more than 4 million books sold, Marie Force is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of more than 40 contemporary romances. Her New York Times bestselling self-published Gansett Island Series has sold 2 million e-books since Maid for Love was released in 2011. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselli
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