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Sometimes Mine

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  189 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
From the author of the national bestseller Best Friends an emotionally affecting story of midlife romance and learning to value the people in your life.

Genie Toledo is a spitfire who too young married the wrong guy, had a daughter, quickly divorced, and now, in her forties, has filled the emotional gap by throwing herself into her work and holding friends and family at ar
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 6th 2009 by Riverhead Hardcover (first published June 16th 2009)
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Jun 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
I received this book as an ARC from Penguin Books. I had read "Best Friends" by Martha Moody awhile back, so was happy to read her newest novel. "Sometimes Mine" interested me in the first few pages and I stayed interested the whole way through. I think this is Moody's finest novel yet. I liked having the novel written from the "mistress" perspective. It gave the affair a different angle. There would be pages where I felt sorry for Genie and then others where I was completely frustrated with her ...more
Feb 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Karen, this is her best so far! The premise of the book, that a cardiologist is satisfied with her relationship with a college basketball coach whom she meets secretly once a week, is a strange basis for such a good book, but there you are! The main character, Genie, is so realistic and well developed that she nearly walked out of the book and into a nearby doctor's office. The description of her doing a cath on her lover's daughter was so well done that I will avoid such a procedure if at all p ...more
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I found this very enjoyable and for myself hit a very personal note. This showed the side of the other woman, the love and companionship she shared with the man she could never have but could never stop loving. They both filled needs for each other that one might never understand unless it has been experienced. This showed the other woman as human and loving rather than an horrible person. In the end she gave the biggest sacrifice...sending him home.... when all she had ever wanted was at her do ...more
Jul 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2009
Got this from Pengiun Books as an Advance Reader's Copy.

This novel is narrated by the other woman in an eleven year affair. I'm sure my view of this book was colored by being married, but I found the narrator hard at times to sympathize with. She was a workaholic with tendencies to the obsessive.
Nov 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
Really weak. Almost didn't bother to finish it.
Sara Strand
Jul 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Now this book was recommended by someone's online books-to-read list and I can't remember who's so if it is one of my faithful followers, thank you.

I will admit I had a hard time getting into this book because of a few reasons. Number one, I was determined not to like the main character, Genie Toledo who is a cardiologist who has been the once a week mistress to Mick Crabbe, a married man with children who is a college basketball coach. Number two, I really don't like sports (ok...I'll admit to
Barbara Sissel
Sep 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of good, layered novels with well-drawn and believable characters
There’s a very interesting question posed in Martha Moody’s third novel, Sometimes Mine. What happens in mid life if the man you’ve loved for eleven years, the one with whom you have made a quasi-retirement plan, a plan that means you’ll have someone to grow old with, falls seriously ill? And what if you aren’t the wife of this man, but his mistress about whom his wife knows nothing? At least not yet. As you might imagine, these are very fine ingredients for a delicious fiction stew. Especially ...more
May 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
This book served its purpose for me as a "time distractor" while traveling by plane - especially on one with a two-hour delay! Not exactly a high recommendation, huh?! I found most of the characters rather shallow. Each couple mentioned seemed to be mismatched to me. I had a hard time buying into the long relationship between the married basketball coach(Mick) and the divorced cardiologist(Genie). I also found many parts unbelievable - how the affair could last this long without the wife(Karn) k ...more
Oct 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
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May 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Jane, I re-read your review because it's been awhile since you read this book, and I agree with you on all your points! What a strange premise for a book, and it almost sounds like it wouldn't even be about anything, but somehow it's compelling. I hate when I'm supposed to like people who have affairs, but the two main characters were shown with all their flaws, and I never knew if I wanted to root for them or not. I found the secondary stories about Genie's medical practice and her relationship ...more
Oct 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
In this book, cardiologist Dr. Genie Toledo tells the tale of her 12 year affair with Mick Crabbe, a well known college basketball coach who also has a wife. They lead very different lives but get together every Thursday evening to not only escape from the pressures of every day life but also to be themselves for those few hours. While Mick only belonged to Genie "sometimes," their relationship changes her life and she begins to take personal and professional risks out of her own comfort zone. T ...more
Feb 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Very realistic story where not everyone lives happily ever after. Genie is a strong willed cardiologist, divorced with grown daughter - for 12 yrs she loves a married man. They see each other once a week for 2 hrs but this seems to be enough for her. Eventually wife finds out, Mickey ends up with cancer and wife and mistress come together at the end to be with Muck in his final hours.
Book was a bit too "literary " for me and rambled in some parts which left me wondering at times, was she referr
Beth Gordon
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book about a mistress to a semi-famous college basketball coach is extremely compelling. If you're looking for plot, this book is rather weak. If you're interested in character development, there is certainly something there. I was always in anticipation of the subplots gaining more tread, which they never really did.
Jul 20, 2010 rated it liked it
It's hard to say that you enjoyed a book about infidelity. That being said, this book did keep my interest but I just wasn't left with a good feeling at the end. In addition, the subject matter of the illness hit a little too close to home for me so I couldn't completely enjoy this book.
Nov 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: decent-reads
The last year of a woman doctor's 11 year affair with a married man is the focus of this novel. It has a sad ending (no spoilers here), but I felt the author never told me why these 2 individuals stayed together. The characters seemed only to be drawn on the surface, without much depth.
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
About halfway through this story I found myself wondering what the point was, why this clearly intelligent gal was so stuck for all those years. Moody's ending pulled it all together for me..., 'gathering her team' - She got it.
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"If you've ever loved someone you shouldn't, you'll identify with this book. It's a good, quick read about a smart, sensible woman who gets herself involved in a situation to which most of us can relate."
May 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
I found this book to be confusing.The plot was based around an affair between an married college basketball coach and a divorced cardiologist. I found it rather odd how accepting the supporting characters were of their relationship.The college basketball twist was interesting at best.
Jul 12, 2013 rated it liked it
not sure what to think about this book. I liked the Dr. but as a wife I can't stand what she did. Coach needed to be more honest with his wife and work on their relationship not just short change it. The ending was not realistic but this is a work of fiction.
Mom2jngncna~ Stephannie
Good story base, hard to keep with at times,
Elizabeth Schmidt
Apr 18, 2011 rated it liked it
I enjoyed it - made me think about basketball and extramarital affairs in new ways. :) Plus the author is from Dayton and really a neat person. I'll definitely read more of her books.
Sep 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I liked her writing style...another book that was an easy read for me and one that I really got into.
Lindsay Murphy
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
The main character is so selfish I couldn't stand her. There was too much sports talk. I stopped reading it.
Sep 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Bargain book at B&N - very well-written, but just not my kind of book. Much more chick lit than I thought it would be. And I'm kind of confused by the ending...
Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, read-in-2011
I enjoyed this book a lot. While the second half may not have been very realistic, I think it was an unexpected and entertaining twist.
Apr 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
I loved the first book from this author, but I haven't liked her last 2 (including this one). There was way too much sports in this book.
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
This story had the potential to go places but didn't. I was really disappointed. Well written but not a good story.
Apr 25, 2015 rated it liked it
An affair with a married, somewhat celeb, man that spans over a dozen years left me ofttimes bored. Last quarter of book more meaningful but, for me, not enough
Julie McGinty
Jan 04, 2010 rated it liked it
You should definitly check out this author
Oct 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010-books-read
Not worth reading in my opinion. The characters are shallow and hard to identify with. The whole premise is unbelievable to me. Very disappointed in it.
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