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The Merry-Go-Round

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  580 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
When Lauren divorces her husband, she has one thought on her mind...stepping off the merry-go-round. However, her life quickly turns into a three-ring circus: her hypochondriac father moves in, her ex is using her shower when she’s not home, and her perky assistant is pushing her out into the fearsome dating world. She also has to decide if the dilapidated barn and vintage ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published July 19th 2010 by Create Space (first published December 2009)
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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
Sibel Hodge
Feb 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
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.
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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-pie
Aug 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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!
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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!
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Don't usually read books like this one, more of a mystery/horror reader, but this was a good book.
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it

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
Shelves: romance
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jul 27, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Joan Mueller
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Merry-Go-Round by Donna Fasano
This story had a complexity that had the reader turning the page wondering what was next. At first, it appeared to be the typical divorced woman plot but the interaction with the other characters brought unique twists. While I honestly did not like that the husband was a weak character. It does take all types in the world and not every book needs to show positive traits in the main character. It just doesn't happen often and does add to the uniqueness of the boo
Heather Adkins
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Michelle Foster
Would make a good Lifetime movie...

In the end, the author picked up the pace with wit, which is exactly what drew me to the book in the beginning. I like more dialog, especially when I know that the author is intelligent. And she's very quick with words. That's why when she's explaining how the characters felt, it made me feel as if I had gone back a couple of grades in school...I like to figure out how the characters in a book feel and what makes them tick, by myself. I like the author...I just
 Gigi Ann
I am just a sentimental sap when it comes to these light fluffy cotton candy stories, which is what this story was. It didn't have much depth melting as soon at it hit my eyes. The story was quite predictable, but it had a few fun moments, especially when they were able to get the 'merry-go-round working. It reminded me of my younger days when riding the merry-go-round. The last time I rode a merry-go-round was in December 2012, at the Mall with my daughter and granddaughter, we laughed the whol ...more
Aug 26, 2013 rated it liked it
The Merry Go Round was a quick and easily read novella. The romance and its conclusion were predictable, but that's why I read romances - for the happily ever after. I was not disappointed. The book dealt well with family and relationship issues. There was humor in the book, but not enough that I would call it a romantic comedy, it was more a light romance. Just the thing for a lazy summer afternoon.
I would be interested in reading more from Donna Fasano.
*I received my copy from in
Delene Yochum
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Donna Fasano always brings me to that place where romance is filled with love, laughter and real life emotions. The Merry Go Round took me there! Lauren, a rigid uptight right to the letter type personality. Greg the ex husband , a carpenter,a helper and giver of everything he can. Can they find their way back to each other or are there to many obstacles in front of them. Add in her quirky secretary Norma Jean, some unusual client's, Lauren's Dad and a client's Dad you soon won't forget makes fo ...more
Becky Kline
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fun read. Shows how independent women can sometimes create problems that lead to troubled relationships. In this book the female lead has just received her divorce and thinks her troubles are over. After her ex husband goes through all their married assets she has to take out her retirement money to keep her head above water. With little money left she has to move her father(whose best friend is her ex) into live with her. Not unexpectedly, as the book continues, she finds out that she may be a ...more
M.A. Comley
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
loved this book, a romance through and through with a touch of humour adding to the enjoyment pot!

Lauren is a girl who think she knows her own mind but soon realises she doesn't. She's too wrapped up in her career to see that those around her need her attention.

Great characterisation throughout, loved the romance behind the merry-go-round element too.

Highly recommended from an author who makes the reader care about the characters.
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