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Though she does not understand exactly why, Maria is not content with her lot. The prospect of exchanging dependence on her family for dependence on a husband does not sit well with this young woman growing up in late 19th Century Germany. Three generations later, on the other side of the Atlantic, Eva struggles with a similar restlessness; she is generally happy but never ...more
Paperback, 452 pages
Published October 2009 by Wings ePress (first published 2009)
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Louise
Jan 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved Starting Over for two reasons. 1) it is a nice story that kept me interested from the prologue to the epilogue and 2) its double time-line gave me more to contemplate than just a nice plot. This book is a good read that I found myself still thinking about the next day and the next week.

The novel tells the story of two women from their teens until they turn 50 as they grow up and carve out their place in the world. Maria is a German woman born at the end of the 19th Century wh
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Ruth
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Starting Over operates on an interesting premise - that the lives of two women, related and separated by more than 70 years were strikingly similar. It follows the lives and loves of Maria, who leaves her native Germany for New York and Eva, generations later who leaves Seattle for a new life in Australia.

Through the process of the story, which switches back and forth between the two women, we see the choices made by each of them, both independent and looking for something they never
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Laura Rittenhouse
Jan 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: Everyone
I loved it - but then I'm a bit biased as I wrote it :-) My goal was to probe the different ways society and technology impact choices people make; specifically two women who migrate on their own - one from Germany to the US in the early 1900s and one from the US to Australia in the late 1900s
Lynette
Sep 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
Two women, one story. Maria is a woman coming of age as the twentieth century dawns. Her great-granddaughter Eve is coming of age in the 1970s as new opportunities for woman emerge. Despite the generational gap, Maria and Eve face the same challenges in life as they make decisions about their careers, love, and the future.

STARTING OVER has a very compelling premise that will keep you turning the pages. I personally loved the idea of following the story of Maria and her great-granddau
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Ruthie Jackson
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a very interesting story about a woman and her grandmother, set many years apart. Through the process of their lives there are many similar occurrences - particularly in their search for romantic happiness. Neither of these strong women are prepared to make the compromises that their men expect of them and in the long run find it mostly best to go their own way.

Full of descriptions of life in early 20th Century Germany and New York and in the later parts of how a young woman
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Karen Rittenhouse
Jun 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing

I loved this book. I did have insight, however, as one of the main characters is my Great Grandmother and many of the stories as told by my Grandmother are included. It's juxtaposed with a story that we all believe is about my sister and her young move to Australia, though she says only the locations are the same... Have you read it yet? What do you think?
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Starting Over 1 6 Jun 06, 2010 11:45AM  
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I'm an Aussie now. I left the US back in 1988 for an extended visit and have based myself in Australia ever since. IT was my career and in the end I found it profitable but unrewarding. So I've switched gears and now write as a passion, hobby and "job". It is the opposite of IT, not profitable in the slightest, but VERY rewarding.

I hope some of you manage to read one of my books, START
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