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Years after Leah Lynch's divorce, she's grown tired of dead-end affairs and yearns for a lifelong mate. Although she's a sassy, independent woman living in New York City, she fears attending her daughter's upcoming wedding as an unattached woman. To reflect on her past and invent a new lifestyle with a committed man, she books a flight to Madrid for a soul-searching trip. ...more
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Linda Kissam
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This travel story is an arm chair adventure via Judith Glynn’s book, “A Collector of Affections: Tales from a Woman’s Heart.” It’s going to grab you by the throat, make you laugh, cry, mumble out loud with frustration, and finally give a fist pump or two for an inspirational ending. It’s a book that speaks to a woman’s soul – especially the maturing woman who might want a bit more sass and edge in her life.

The book is set in three fabulous places: Spain, New York and Rhode Island. It reflects th
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Melissa Seng
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's 3 am. My review will follow. I could not go to bed until I finished this book!!
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I hate to say this, but I'm unsure of where I won this book and another by the same author. She sent me a cute little note with her two books when I won them, but I misplaced it. As soon as I locate it, I'll be sure to give the giveaway proper credit.

In the meantime, I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this book at the b
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Susan Montgomery
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly lost myself in this beautiful, well-written story, which I classify as both a travelog and a literary romance. I think it touches a heartfelt place within many women who are strong and independent, like Leah, but also would love to have a romantic interlude in their mostly ordinary lives. Do we need a man in our lives? No. But would we like a man and some romance in our lives? Yes. I also really appreciated the travel details in Spain since I have never been there. Now I definitely ...more
Jessica C.
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. In fact, I honestly couldn't put it down. I finished it in two days then passed it along to my mother to read. The main character Leah is admirable. She goes after what she wants even though it may not be the acceptable norm. I think her desires are relatable no matter the age of the reader.

For me, traveling brings thrill of opportunity, it's a natural high, the feeling that anything is possible. This story completely captivated that feeling for me.

I think the author did a goo
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Cassie Kabrick
Nov 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-smut
The book had some really intriguing romantic parts...who doesn't dream about running away to Spain with a man you just met. I was extremely disappointed with the fact that the heroine claimed to be this strong independent woman, but didn't want to go to her daughter's wedding without a man on her arm. Where is the independence in that? I think I would have enjoyed the story a lot more if she hadn't been so hung up on that fact. And the "hero" was nothing more than a player...and old enough to kn ...more
Marybeth Coudal
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this juicy and sexy book. I read it on a plane, a perfect escape from turbulence (real and imagined!) It made me want to travel. Badly. Delish
Claire Gem
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was an out-of-the-ordinary romantic story. And the premise, at first glance, was off-putting: A fifty-something travel writer who walked away from her family to pursue a writing career struggles with her penchant for temporary romantic liaisons. I was pleasantly surprised to discover the "heroine" was not as seedy as she at first appears.

This is a story of Leah Lynch, a brave, introspective woman who has risked it all to pursue a more fulfilling life. What she realizes some years late
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Angie
Nov 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ri-authors, romance
Synopsis: "Years after Leah Lynch's divorce, she's grown tired of dead-end affairs and yearns for a lifelong mate. Although she's a sassy, independent woman living in New York City, she fears attending her daughter's upcoming wedding as an unattached woman. To reflect on her past and invent a new lifestyle with a committed man, she books a flight to Madrid for a soul-searching trip. Not included in her plans is meeting Miguel Santiago, an intriguing seatmate, who sidetracks her straight into bed ...more
Jayne Gordon
Sep 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
I read A LOT--at least three or four books a month. I rarely put a book down--especially if I've read a third of it, or more importantly, if it's gotten good Amazon reviews. I trust my Amazon peers to steer me in the right direction. However, I am finding more and more, and especially with free or inexpensively priced books, that some of my Amazon peers are a little too generous with their stars. Perhaps they aren't expecting much for their money (or lack thereof).

This story starts off well enou
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Marlene
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Leah’s in need of some much needed soul searching. Since her divorce, she’s enjoyed the company of several men; has had laughs, some great sex and was even engaged. But Leah’s life has become a bit stale and she’s hoping that a trip to Spain is just what she needs to give it a kick-start.

On the flight to Spain, Leah bonds with her seatmate, Miguel. A native Spaniard whose conversation catches her attention immediately. Although marriage is not a road that Leah anticipates travelling again, the
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Regge Episale
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Leah is a 50-something-year-old woman who deserted her family at the age of 40 to move to NYC and write. She is successful but now believes she needs a man on her arm at her daughter's wedding, so she sets out to find one. Her ideal man turns out to have a live-in partner but they proceed to have an affair as she works to convince him that she should be his one and only.

Unrealistic, gratuitous dialogue; forced and contrived sex scenes; setting descriptions that leave you with a lot of history an
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Jennifer Mills Kerr
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I couldn't put this book down. I didn't know what would happen, and I was amazed at how it turned to unexpected places. I found Leah to be a realistic character with conflicted feelings around love which made her more authentic to me. She questions her own motivations, she seeks higher ground, and yes, she'd like a life partner. In my opinion, a woman can be courageous, independent, and yet have a vulnerable side. Plus, I really enjoyed all the descriptions--of Spain and NYC. A visual feast. ...more
Kira
Jun 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ugh
This was supposed to be a later-in-life/middle age love story. I'm sorry to say but it just felt very tired. Cliched characters and a very slow plot meant I ended up skipping to the end after about half of it just to see what happened. I'm glad I didn't waste any more time on this. ...more
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After writing freelance travel articles for decades, I wrote my first novel. "A Collector of Affections: Tales from Woman's Heart." That long effort surprised me but I kept going. The sensual story is aimed at the middle-aged woman reader. It entwines fiction with reality, travel experiences, seatmates and lovers, Spanish moons and memories.

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