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Just What I Always Wanted

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  138 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Cynthia Breault needs a new life.
Shes not miserable. Shes bored. Bored with her safe monotonous job; bored with her cautious loneliness.
Thanks to an unexpected financial windfall, Cynthia opts for early retirement at fifty, hoping to find a new passion. Soon, she thinks shes found it in the form of a failing boutique abandoned by its mysterious owner. And the shop is not
Paperback, 380 pages
Published August 9th 2014 by CreateSpace (first published August 8th 2014)
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Michelle Gillies
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this book. It was a lot of fun and it was totally relatable for me. There were moments when I laughed out loud. Nancy writes in a realistic style that is totally believable. I became quite attached to her characters. As I saw the pages dwindling I found myself taking breaks to make it last longer. I think I will be visiting them again. Just What I Always Wanted
Ellen Roddy
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why on earth?.

I started this book when the chief character retires at around 50 or so. She is looking for something relevant to do. She goes into a clothing store and finds the owner has run off with her paramour. She called the owner and presents a plan to make the shop more viable. As the shop becomes more successful, she forms a relationship with the man who owns the shop. She also decides to adopt a broken child who is also pregnant as she thinks she wants a family. To say that this child
Gabi Coatsworth
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I galloped through this book. I've been reading the author's blog for quite a while, so I was eager to see how she'd make out with a novel. I was very glad to realise that I was going to enjoy it very much. The characters are engaging and the ending isn't what I expected, which made it even better. I would have given it 5 stars (excellent in its genre,which is women's mass market fiction, I think). But the large amounts of bad language from both the teen character (plausible) and the 50-year-old ...more
Pippa Franks
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can honestly say this is one of the most enjoyable books I've read in a long time.

Fifty-year-old Cynthia's deep yearning for a child becomes a distinct possibility, when she meets troubled teenager, Shannon. Cynthia puts a proposition to the girl, which Shannon takes full advantage of, as only a stroppy hormonal teenager could. The dialogue and growing understanding between this unlikely pair is believable and well-written.

I was taken on a rollercoaster of emotions, from lump in the throat
Dana Kennedy
May 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Kept my interest all the way through.
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book.
Staci Suhy
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
i received this book for free as part of a first reads promotion
Stanley McShane
Poignant, emotional, and heartbreaking alternately with savage bits of humor, this might be a Greek tragedy. The narrator-protagonist, Cynthia, is at that mid-life crisis in her life and a reliable if vulnerable narrator. She is ready to stir up her pat and boring life as an accountant and retires. But to do what? At fifty and unmarried, she is also lonely. She gets that "third sign" so many of us have gotten and learned not to ignore and her life takes a ninety-degree turn--right off the deep ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really more than a 3 star book, definitely a four star for the writing. And I liked that the main character was a woman older than 25 who didn't have everything going for her. I liked her a lot until she decided to adopt the teenager for what I felt were the wrong reasons. Then I struggled. Which is how it went from a 4 star to a 3 star for me. I have to say she redeemed herself at the end let's say it's a 3.5 star after all.
Michelle Wallace
Just What I Always Wanted

What a great way to start the year off! This book is engaging, fast-paced, and emotional. It's characters are deeply flawed yet quite lovable in their honesty and in their affection for one another. I could definitely do without the vulgar language, but other than that, this is an uplifting and thoughtful story.
Stanley McShane
Masterfully Written Tale

Wit and humor combine in this classic novel. Women are very complicated creatures and Nancy Roma has written a tale most men would do well to read! Sometimes it is better to run from obsession than grasp beauty with many problems. Nancy is among my favorites and a great writer. CE Williams free from Bookbub
Sandy Samuel
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Will she or won't she?

I really enjoyed the story but the ending left something to be desired. It was a bittersweet story. The best part was all of the characters seemed truly human.
Pam Warner
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the book. Related with the main character. Liked the writing.
Debbie Zotian
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and the other book by Nancy Roman. Her blog 'Not Quite Old' is also a good read.
Pamela Liakopoulos
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story.
Alane M. King
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Real as it gets

Down to earth humor and people situations. All about choices and how often we are our own worst enemy. Authentic and realistic.
Aug 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Cynthia Breault had worked for an accounting firm for 25 years. She had done her job diligently and lived conservatively. Now, at 50, she realized that she was bored. She had invested wisely and had enough money to take care of herself if she didnt do anything too outlandish. She therefore quit her job and decided to change her lifestyle. She got rid of her professional outfits and went looking for a more carefree style. She happened upon a small shop that had interesting things but was not ...more
Donna Hopkins
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I did not want the story to end and when it did I missed everyone.The characters were captivating and I fell in love with all of them . I would have to put the book down to carry on with my day but I had to rush back to continue a few more chapters.
A great part of the book was read on the beach just me and my new found friends. When I finished reading the very last page I just had to sit back and absorb the story. I laughed and cried throughout the experience as I felt a connection to that
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a good story! Nancy Roman has created a main character about whom I'd like to read more. This story explores the mixed feelings that occur at midlife. What do you do when you think what you'd hoped for has galloped by? You attempt to recover.... And Cynthia Breault does. Unfortunately, decisions that benefit your own needs are often complicated by the needs of others.

Nancy Roman's first novel is an enjoyable read with good characters a wonderfully dysfunctional family and a few unexpected
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
I absolutely loved this book! Nancy Roman developed believable and relatable characters, that make the entire story fun to read from start to finish. This isn't one of those books you skim, instead you read for content, for dialog and for what happens next.

The story stuck with me. I laughed, cried a little and cheered for all of the characters. I hope Nancy writes another, I would love to know what happens next.
Sandy Denholm
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
A funny and sad book. I loved it! 4.5 stars.
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. I hope a sequel is in the works!!
Rickie D. Newell
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She writes a good story. Very clever dialogue. I wasn't crazy about the ending, but it was a "true" ending, not softened or romanticized.
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If I wasn't a Mom of twin 2 year olds, I would have never put this down. I am itching for a follow-up to see how their lives continue. This book keeps you glued. Great first novel!!
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Author Bio
Nancy Roman grew up in Bristol Connecticut, attending local schools and graduating from the University of Connecticut, an English major with an MBA.
Her essay, "My Perfect Mess," recounting her sweet experience with her sixth-grade teacher was included in Marlo Thomas' best-selling collection, THE RIGHT WORDS AT THE RIGHT TIME, VOLUME II.
Nancy writes weekly about aging, kindness, and

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