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The Merry-Go-Round

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  616 ratings  ·  86 reviews
When Lauren goes to court it's usually to defend a client, but now she's divorcing the man whose mistakes have cost her far too much. Little does she know that she'll be awarded a rundown merry-go-round. Maybe restoring the circus menagerie will bring her some normalcy. Or will it spin her in circles and teach her a few lessons before bringing her back to where she started ...more
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Published (first published December 2009)
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Sibel Hodge
Feb 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lauren's divorce sparks off more than she bargains for. All she wants is her husband, Greg's, signature on the divorce papers, and when the judge grants her wish, along with an old barn, she discovers a clapped out merry-go-round that is pushing her and Greg back together.

Lauren is feisty and thinks she knows what she wants from life, but it takes the divorce and the merry-go-round to make her really think about her life.

The Merry-Go-Round was a really sweet romance that was well written, pulli
Todd Fonseca
Jun 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Merry-Go-Round – Opposites Do Attract but do They Stay Together?

Rating: 4 of 5
Author: Donna Fasano
Format: Kindle

A year after being financially ruined by her husband Greg, Lauren Flynn goes to court to fight for a divorce he will not give her. The court not only grants her request, but to make up for her financial losses she is also awarded Greg’s only asset, a worthless plot of land complete with a rundown barn. Unfortunately, Lauren’s expectations of moving forward with her life are quickly das
Imogen Rose
Jun 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Touching Romantic Tale

The end of her marriage–her divorce–signals the beginning of a period of upheaval, both physical and emotional, for Lauren Flynn, a hard-working lawyer. A change in her financial circumstances puts an end to her solitary year-old post-separation living arrangements. Her dad moves in with her–her dad, who is still close to her now ex-husband, bringing him back into her life. Donna Fasano takes us on a captivating emotional ride as Lauren tries to move on with her life–she
Helen Smith
Jun 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This charming romantic comedy has been written by an award-winning romance author - and it shows. The story-telling is excellent, the dialogue natural, and the characters are well-rounded and engaging. The light, witty writing style is the kind that takes years to perfect.

I could see where this story was likely to go but not quite how we would get there. I loved the humour in it - both the exchanges between the main character, Lauren, and her friend and assistant Norma Jean, and the funny set pi
Sep 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine a generic storyline about a marriage gone astray. Then flip the male and female roles. What you’ll have is a high-level outline of “The Merry-Go-Round.” Lauren, the protagonist, is a career oriented lawyer in the midst of a divorce from husband Greg. While Lauren is trying to save her finances, Greg, the romantic, is trying to save their marriage. While Lauren is pulling out all the stops and looking out only for herself, Greg is trying to do what he thinks is right. A supporting cast th ...more
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Considered not finishing this one, but there was just enough plot to pull me through. On the whole, the writing was unimpressive, the characters one-dimensional, the story predictable, and the herione mostly annoying. Not my cup of tea.
Aug 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
It was an amusing story but not the best I ever read. So if you want a quick story and a little bit of happiness try this book.
AudioBook Review:
This was a sweet, engaging and at times, laugh out loud funny tale told through Lauren’s point of view, with the occasional interjection of sense and nonsense from the other characters. A plausible romance, with a love relationship not torn asunder by fear of vampires or pack responsibilities: no, these were real people, with honest issues that many will find applicable to their own lives. There’s nothing wrong at all with escape romance, but the profusion of supernatural and pa
Robin Landry
Jun 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It's been awhile since I read a Romance Novel so it was fun to sit down to Donna Fasano's The Merry Go Round. Her heroine is a modern woman, a lawyer, who it totally relateable even down to the way society has taught our generation of women to think. I chuckled at the flashback that Lauren has of her college years sitting around a pool with her friends, with Lauren being the only one ogling the carpenter working on the house while they sunbathe. Lauren's friends are dreaming of men in three-pi
Aug 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I'd like to preface my review by saying that I really don't like the romance genre much.

I did enjoy The Merry-Go-Round because it's not a sappy bodice-ripper. Far, far from your average low-budget romance novels' formulaic plots. This is more like a women's fiction meets romance.

The book opens in a court of law, where the protaganist is suing her husband for a divorce. She's angry and feels betrayed over financial setbacks for which she blames him, but you catch on quickly that things aren't a
Jun 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book opens in a very unconventional way. I read some of this of this genre (chicklit) and it can be kind of overly formulaic, but I was surprised and intrigued from the get go, I didn't yawn once *laughing*. The book held my attention throughout, but it is a bit predictable. I guess that's the downfall of this genre, it rarely surprises me. HOWEVER, I did like the way it unfolded. The story moved along quickly and interestingly. The merry-go-round was a nice backdrop/side story that I thoug ...more
Apr 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, loan, 2011, kindle, rhcp
I want to call this a 'cute' story... but I have to admit to actually crying in the first chapter alone! Somehow weeping doesn't fit with cute...

But I was immediately drawn into a light-hearted telling of a very serious disconnection of two people (in my opinion.) It was lovely to see reconciliation at the heart of many characters, and people stepping outside themselves... just long enough to catch a glimpse of a bigger, brighter, more beautiful picture!
so far the book is surprisingly good!
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it
The Merry-Go-Round

I have read this story before. But don't know what happened to the review. Here is a woman who thinks she is underappreciated. When her divorce from the husband she has many bumps and bruises. Her idea of marriage does not seem to be what In real life is. She is an overachiever, a lawyer. Her husband is, as she states, a blue color worker and not interested in making money. He loves her and wants to see her happy. Even give her the divorce. But when she is given the old barn th
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars
I purchased a copy of the novel The Merry Go round by Donna Fasano and this review was given freely.
A fast paced and easy flowing second chance at romance novel with a few bumps along the way but a happy ending. Just when stress over money and lack of communication with her estranged husband Greg, her delayed divorce, and her hypochondriac father bring her to the breaking point the independent Attorney Lauren receives everything she thought she wanted. Helping to restore the antique merry
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lauren Flynn an attorney is waiting for her divorce to be final since her husband Greg lost his business and most of their money. Now her hypochondriac father is living with her because he had to give up his apartment that she was paying for. Lauren is very critical of Greg and is always downing him even after the divorce becomes final. The story goes on involving her father, clients, Normal Jean her receptionist and Greg!
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun story to read

Loved this story. It was a fun story, filled with humorous moments, with an underlying message. I loved Lauren even during moments of wanting to shake her. It was an easy, quick read. The characters were real, loved Dad and who could not fall in love with Greg! Norma Jean was lots of fun also. This was a warm, feel good story, a happy read.
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a sweet read. I really like the way Lauren comes to realize what she needs/wants and the way she goes about getting it. I want more of this story. This is my first Donna Fasano book but it won’t be my last.
Janet L.
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Don't usually read books like this one, more of a mystery/horror reader, but this was a good book.
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: done
Leslee Herling
Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Easy read and very predictable.
Jeni Wilson
Mar 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Cute and predictable. Fairly clean lovestory with Hallmark movie type stylings. Good book for killing a few hours and having a light-hearted read.
The Merry-Go-Round by Donna Fasano was originally published in 2009. This is a Hard Knocks Publication, now available in digital format.

After a long separation, Lauren finally gets her ex, Greg, to sign the divorce papers. In the divorce settlement, Lauren is deeded a piece of property she was not aware Greg even had.
The other big changes in Lauren's life is that her father is moving in with her. The two of them argue a lot. Her father is always suffering from some phantom ailment and Lauren is
Margreet Asselbergs

Lauren has waited a year to try and get her husband to sign the divorce papers. She was so angry a year ago when she kicked him out of the house and she still carried around the anger. As an attorney, she had things planned and organized or so she thought, but Greg had always been irresponsible about finances and sank their ship. She needed to make a clean break and start over so she could take care of her father and herself. She has had to move her father
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2012
Independent lawyer Lauren Flynn is finally getting what she wants: a divorce from her husband, Greg. When he lost his hardware store, and all her retirement savings, Laura had had enough. A year later and she's getting her divorce and a piece of land she didn't know about, which comes with a Merry-Go-Round on it. Restoring the Merry-Go-Round becomes her project, and brings her and Greg together. But she's interested in moving on - with her teenaged client's sexy father, Scott. Will she choice to ...more
Vicki Tyley
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie
“The merry-go-round was traveling in reverse. The horses, tigers, bears, zebras were all circling tail-end first as if competing in some bizarre, backward race.” – The Merry-Go-Round

Thirty-eight-year-old lawyer Lauren Flynn harbours a lot of resentment toward her soon to be ex-husband, Greg. All she wants from him is his signature on the divorce papers. Or at least that’s what she tells herself.

While I didn’t feel that this was a comedy, it was one of the best romances I’ve read in a long time.
Linda Prather
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been years since I read a romance book, but I don't think I could have chosen a better one for a wonderfully entertaining evening. Once started, I found I couldn't stop. I found myself laughing and my eyes misting. I emphatized with the main character, Lauren, as she dealt with the day to day pressures of her job, a cantankerous old man of a father, and attempted to get back into the dating game, all the while fighting an overwhelming attraction for the man she just divorced.

By the time I f
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a perfect title for this book! Lauren is the merry-go-round! She, maybe, was a nice person once upon a time; but turned into such an arrogant bitter woman. I hated her. I wondered if there were any redeeming qualities that Greg could love anymore. She was in such a sad state, and was completely unaware. Greg had so much integrity, he deserved better. Honestly not many men would have stuck around, and they could have justifiably walked away.

I wouldn't mind reading a follow-up to this story,
Rebecca Austin
Lauren Flynn is a lawyer who is trying to settle her own divorce after deciding she was done with her ex Greg after he lost nearly $60,000 of Lauren's. This forces Lauren's dad into living with her after she can't fund his place and hers.

Greg loves Lauren and wants to make things right with her. The judge awards Lauren a piece of land she wasn't aware Greg had and on it is a merry-go-round.

As Lauren likens her life to the merry go round and begins to enter the dating scene she must discover wha
Heather Adkins
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was absolutely my favorite romance novel to read within the past year! It was so well-written and so emotional. I was completely invested in it from beginning to end.

It was definitely unconventional - the protagonist divorces the man we like in the very beginning. What follows is an inner journey of sorts as Lauren figures out who she is and what she wants out of life. By the end, I was absolutely in love with all the awesome characters, and I teared up when Lauren got her happily-ever-afte
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Growing up the third child of five—yes, smack dab in the middle and the only girl to boot—Donna Fasano had no idea she would one day be a published author. Her story-telling talents came to light when she conjured lively and elaborate tales of pure blarney (yes, she has a bit of Irish in her blood) for, first, her youngest brother, and years later, her children.

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