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Taking Back Mary Ellen Black

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Taking Back Mary Ellen Black by Lisa Childs released on Jul 26, 2005 is available now for purchase.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 26th 2005 by Harlequin Next
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Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mary Ellen is a typical woman who lets people run her over all the time. From her cheating husband, to her critical mother, she takes it. When she discovers her husband has cheated on her, she learns that not only is he unfaithful but he has run them into debt...the car is repossessed, the house is foreclosed on, and he leaves her with nothing but her clothes and her two daughters. Moving back home is horrible for Mary Ellen with the constant critical comments from her mother. But her dad and ...more
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Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Enjoyed this story of a divorced mother of two trying to find a life for herself.
Christina Eder
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it
This slow-to-start book is worth the build up to find out it's a fresh come-back-from-life's-sucker punches story. The characters and relationships are realistically solid and blended with a slight unpredicatibility. Fun-spirited and a refreshing break from heavy reading.
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Taking Back Mary Ellen Black was disappointing. The book promised to be about getting up after hitting rock bottom. However, the book started right after Mary Ellen moved back into her parent's house. So just why it took about half the book to actually take her first taste of success is beyond me. To be fair, the first half of the book though boring, had potential and explored all the different characters and the adjusting.

It is the second half of the book which makes the first half worse
Mar 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Pretty good story.

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"A starter marriage hadn't been the first act Mary Ellen Black had meant to script for herself, but bowing out provided hard-won perspective: The most important things in life were not things at all, but the people she held dear. In her case, the lovable eccentrics she called family, the ones who were more than ready to support her leading role-if only she'd step into the spotlight. So now Mary Ellen's drafted act two-her return home-and she's pretty sure she's
Aug 28, 2008 rated it liked it
One of the earliest NEXT books--I really liked a lot of the stories in this line, and hope these authors find new places to publish them. Mary Ellen Black is just divorced and had to move back in with the folks. She's got a strained relationship with her mom, no job skills and an ex-best friend to make up with. It's just a good "Taking back myself" story. Liked it a lot.
Jan 21, 2009 rated it liked it
A nice story about a mother of two putting her life back together after a divorce and falling in love with a hot young guy in the process.
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was a good story about a woman that has to move back home with 2 daughters becaise her husband has lost everything they had and moved in with a 20 year old. It was witty as well as happy sad.
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Lisa Childs was born on 31 October, a Halloween birthday predestined her to a life of writing suspense. Born soft-spoken into a big, boisterous family where only he who speaks loudest is heard, she learned early to express herself through the written word. She has been