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Spinning Forward (Cedar Key #1)

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In a debut novel brimming with warmth and wit, Terri DuLong spins a tale of new beginnings, old friends, and lives forever bound. . .

A New Englander born and bred, the last place Sydney Webster expects to find herself starting over is on an island off the coast of Florida. Yet here she is in Cedar Key, trying to pull herself together after her husband's untimely death--and
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2009)
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Diane
Yes, I read the whole book. I wish I had spent my time doing almost anything else.

Two things, among a multitude of bits that annoyed me, stood out in particular. One is the sentence "Thank God this was the shipment of my worsted yarn and not the alpacas and cashmere." Umm... worsted is a yarn weight and alpaca and cashmere are yarn fibers. Either can be worsted, and worsted can be made of just about any fiber.

The other, and much more annoying bit was a scene where the main character, an adoptee
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Crystal
I read this book during the read-a-thon and it was a true joy to read. I enjoyed the character of Sydney. She's a fifty-something that has just lost her husband and her house and has to start over completely. Who wouldn't be floundering after all of that? Add to it that she was just going through the motions of life and doesn't really know what to do and you have a great character who struggles to grow and change through the book.

I was captivated by the small town of Cedar Key. I live on the coa
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Stefanie Helbich
I read this book over two days, and while it was a quick read and I found the premise of the story interesting, there were HUGE issues for me with the author's writing style and the way that she jumps around in time. There were massive inconsistencies in time in the story, and I found that careless lack of attention to detail to be distracting, and forced me out of the story.

In addition, the characters had no depth and often flip-flopped in characterization. It seemed like the author was unable
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Ronna
Dec 04, 2014 Ronna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: audio
After having read the fifth book in this series and really enjoying it, I decided to return to the series beginning. I also enjoyed this book, but DuLong has grown much more interesting by the last book. I always like to see where everything began and am glad to have gone there in this book, and will probably continue with the series.

This is basically a woman's friendship and communications book, with a touch of romance. Sydney Webster has been thrown for a loop. Her husband just died, forcing S
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Michelle
The plot to this novel was both highly predictable and far-fetched at the same time. The whole birth mother plot line was extremely far-fetched, and hello, why didn't anyone want to get a DNA test just to really be sure? I found the main character, Sydney, to be more annoying than likable, and her love interest, Noah, was just as bad. They weren't the kind of couple that you could really root for to make it in the end when they both just acted so obnoxious.

Even though the character development
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Bookaholics
Spinning Forward by Terri Dulong
Contemporary Romance- October 27th, 2009
4 stars

Spinning Forward is about new beginnings. Syd Webster moves to a small island after her husband dies. Things work out just when you don't expect them to sometimes. And this is the case with Syd. Somehow finds herself: opening a yarn shop, getting to know her biological mother with the little times she has left, and meeting a wonderful man. These were all things that Syd never expected, especially since she has a 26-y
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Sandra
It was like reading a fairy tale…too good to be true. It was a pleasant enough book. It’s problem was that it’s obvious. As soon as you are introduced to a character, you know exactly who the character is and what’s going to happen. (I’ll try not to be a spoiler here, but everything is so instantly knowable in the book I would hardly be giving away any secrets if I did tell.)

Sydney, a fifty-something doctor’s wife suddenly widowed, finds her husband was hiding gambling debts. Now without funds
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Julie Barrett
Spinning Forward Cedar Keys Series by Terri dulong
Syndey Webster has just buried her physician husband and finds a sheriff at her house with an eviction notice to take effect in 5 weeks time.
Her husband had gambled the house away without her knowing it. She had relocated to a B&B in Cedar Cover, Florida along with her dog Lilly.
She had met Allison in college and she advised her to move into the B&B where she was the cook.
To relax she took out her spinning wheel and other locals saw her a
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Mary
Sydney was living a comfortable life until her husband died in a car accident. Soon after, a knock on the door signals the end of that life and sets her on a new path. She visits her college friend (who just happens to own a B&B) in Florida. Ali ends up being not only a great friend but also a guide of sorts - to Sydney finding her true self. Not an easy task.
There are also surprises in store for Sydney. She discovers information that brings new layers to her life. She meets wonderful people
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Claire
Oct 18, 2009 Claire rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Someone who wants a quick read with a bit of a bite.
Shelves: grownup-books
This book has an interesting premise. Sydney has been drifting along in her marriage- happy that her husband provides well for her and does not demand a lot of attention. When he suddenly dies, Sydney must face some hard truths, her husband is not the upstanding doctor that she thought she knew, he had in fact gambled away everything that he had access to and died of the stress knowing everything was coming due. Now homeless and poor, Sydney is staying with a generous and energetic friend who lo ...more
Nicole
This is a great first book by the author. I'm glad she has continued with the series. I agree with some of the other reviews that parts of the storyline were obvious. That's ok with me. If I wanted a suspense or mystery, I'd read a different author.

I read this series out of order so I knew a little bit about some of the characters from the other book, but it didn't take away from the story. Even though I could figure out how the story was going to end, I was still compelled to read it to find ou
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Maria
This is a really good book. It is story about a woman who finally has to come to terms with who she is and what she really wants out of life.
She looses everything she is comfortable with at the beginning of the book and with the help of her friend finds what is truly important.
She also finds real love at the age of 53. I enjoyed that the main character wasn't a 20 something barbie shaped person but someone who has been thru life, had a child, had disapoointments and had to do alot of innner sear
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Mary
Terri Dulong isn't called the Debbie Macomber of the south for nothing. Oh, to be a woman who bounces back after the death of her husband and loss of her house as quickly as Sydney does. And, of course, she has a beautiful place to live, free of charge, and starts a business that can support her after only a year. So why do I like these books? Because I like the people in them, and would like to think that in some ways we are all as kind, brave, generous and physically attractive as they all see ...more
Stephanie
I thought this book was terribly predictable. The main character is adopted and it didn't take much guessing to realize that her finding her biological parents was going to play a big role -- and I knew within the first couple of chapters who they were. It was an OK chick lit book, but I like more intricate plot lines.
Tess
formulaic - blah
Victoria
Having grown up going to Ceder Key in the 70's I learned to really love this quaint village on the Gulf of Mexico. So when I found out there was a writer who lived in Ceder Key AND wrote stories about people living there I was over the moon. I always said Ceder Key was the perfect place to write a novel.

I read one of Terri's later books first and realized that some of the characters had been introduced in earlier books, so, I decided to start with the first and hopefully continue the logical or
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Rachel
The style of the relationship between Sydney and whatshisname reads like a typical Mills & Boon, at least the ones I used to read in my teens. It's formulaic: there's a silly woman who generally behaves as if she is still in her teens (in all areas of life, not just romance which is sort-of explained by her rather sheltered life because of marrying the first man who came along) and a handsome, more knowledgeable wordly-wise man who patiently waits for the woman-child to come round to his way ...more
WifeMomKnitter
Sydney Webster finds herself having to start her life over again at the age of fifty-two due to the unexpected death of her husband.....and the aftermath of his gambling problem.

Her best friend from college, Alison, offers her sancutary at the bed and breakfast she owns in Cedar Keys, Florida. Sydney is an avid knitter and spinner and one night, while being observed spinning with some pretty unusual fiber, by one of the other guests, she is offered an opportunity to do something that she is alre
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Julie P
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Dorrice
Extremely well written - surprisingly so for a first novel. I was attracted to this book initially for two reasons. It is based on a place I have visited, which is not far from the place I lived in Florida for many years. And secondly I love to knit so Sydney's love for the needles and her decision to open a yarn shop were an added attraction.

The story is well knit together - and I am not trying to be cute here, but there is one major disappointment, no, two. The near-constant use of strong lang
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Lynda
Spinning Forward is an excellent prologue for the rest of the series set on Cedar Key, FL. The main character Sydney Webster finds herself a widow after 25+ years of marriage. She is being evicted from her home due to her surgeon husband's hidden gambling problem. She moves to Cedar Key upon the urging of her college roommate and best friend. Sydney realizes that she has to find employment. She waits tables until she can get a knitting store up and running and weaves dog hair into yarn for custo ...more
Brenna
Although I really enjoyed the story line of this book I thought the book to be written a bit choppy. It seemed to be lacking some character development which made the characters seem a little translucent and lack a core SENSE of the character. In addition, I thought it unusual that when the character received a call or made plans for a later date... the VERY next scene arrived at that moment. It happened often enough for me to notice. Most novels will spend the time in between furthering the plo ...more
Amelia Felci
Spinning Forward Book 1

I fell in love with this book from the very first page. All the characters have come alive to me and made me wish I lived among them. I have no interest in knitting and wasn't sure if I would like this story. However, knitting is a backdrop in this story. It is written with compassion, honesty and tastefully done. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Traci
This book combined the love of knitting and yarn with the tragic loss of our main characters husband, which leads her down a path she never thought she'd take.

I have to admit, this book had some pretty cheesy moments; it also had some moments where scenes ended sort of strangely, but other than that, it was a pretty good book. I was happy to see a character that had a love of yarn crafting and even a more unusual hobby of spinning pet hair to create skeins of yarn. This is something that is popp
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Cupcakencorset
How nice to find a (now) north central Florida author who is writing about relationships and life in the framework of my part of the country and (at least partly) in the setting of a yarn store! I believe this novel is DuLong's first full-length fictional work and there are places where it shows, but overall the book is solid. The main character's background details are drawn pretty directly from DuLong's own biography, with significant changes to serve the story (of course). The setting is fami ...more
GoldenjoyBazyll
They say that when one door closes another opens. The question is how brave are we to walk through??? This book is about exactly that. Sydney finds herself a widow in the blink of an eye. The life she tohought she had was not as clear cut and tidy. After her husbands death her life shakes up dramatically- the final blow is realizing that her husband had a gambling problem and lost the house. Now she is alone and without resources so she takes to the road. She goes to stay w/ her college roommate ...more
J. Ewbank
This book by DuLong is an interesting and quick read. The main character draws you to her because of her problems, etc. but the plot is fine and when you finish it is with a feeling of accomplishment. A nice, easy read.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" and "To Whom It May Concern"
Barbara
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Diana
A great premise, but very poor execution. The main character is just obnoxious, as are a couple of other characters. The story makes little to no sense at times & the book needed a lot of editing to become cohesive. I cringed at many of the "finding your inner female" scenes. This book just did not come together for me.
Deborah
Nice story, although all the female spirit stuff had me rolling my eyes. Very predictable plot--every single bit of it, and way too unbelievable. However, in spite of all that, I still found it fairly enjoyable.

If you are able to turn off your inner cynic/critic, and you enjoy light boomer romance, you may really like this.
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