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The Shop on Main Book Cover The Shop on Main
Comfort Crossing #1
Kay Correll
contemporary
Rose Quartz Press
(14 July 2014)
208

Sometimes, doing the right thing backfires... Bella Amaud is desperate when she learns her business and the home she lives in with her two boys is about to be whiskedout from under her. As shescrambles to maintain her fragile financial security andindependence, she fears she may lose more than just The Shop on Main and her home. Nothing is working out like Bella planned-she finds out the man she is falling for, Owen Campbell, is the businessman at the center of all her problems. Owen has secretly longed to belong-somewhere-anywhere-his whole life. When he decides to give his long-lost brother, Jake, back his birthright, he unknowingly thwarts his briefly held hope of a place where he can put down roots and a family he longs for. Nothing is working out like Owen planned-neither Bella nor Jake wants anything to do with him. How can a man who is used to being in control and a woman determined to make it all on her own find a way to happiness? The Shop on Main is Book One of the Comfort Crossing series. Bella and her best friends, Jenny and Becky Lee, navigate the heartaches and triumphs of love and life in thesmall southern town of Comfort Crossing, Mississippi.

This is another storyline which doesn’t make logical sense and was never explained.

If her husband wanted the divorce, and she was not in any way in the wrong:

  • Why wasn’t he paying her sufficient alimony and child support to enable her to live in the style to which she and the children were accustomed?
  • And, why wasn’t she still living in the family home?

Any good divorce lawyer/judge would have allocated these items to her without fail.

So bearing that in mind, the remainder of the story doesn’t make sense as the original premise on which it is based doesn’t.

At no point does she even fight for herself – any lawyer would take on her case for a percentage as she was so clearly in the wrong.

This type of story, where the women are lacking in spine and any ability to think logically and clearly annoy me.

 

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Divorces, marriages, and just what about those policemen?

Divorced, Desperate and Delicious by Christie Craig

In this book it mentions that the mother AND grandmother had both been married some 6 times – or were about to embark on their sixth marriage. Which made me think. Just what was the divorce rate like in the US? And was 6 marriages a very unusual sum? Or not?

So I trolled the trusty internet and found the various government databases such as the census and looked up the US divorce rates. It made interesting reading, so I am adding some tables below.

Firstly –  the divorce rate for the very first marriage that anyone has is now over 40%.

  • The divorce rate in America for first marriage is 41%
  • The divorce rate in America for second marriage is 60%
  • The divorce rate in America for third marriage is 73%

So by the time you come to your 3rd marriage it really is hope over evidence bearing in mind that over 70% end in a further divorce!

I then thought well, just who are these people who marry more than once. Turns out that they – perhaps o surprise considering – were older rather than younger people.  According to the census (http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/p70-125.pdf), the percentage of people being married 3 or more times is at age 18 to 19 years – 0; 20 to 24 years – 0; 25 to 29 years  – 0; 30 to 34 years  0.8; 35 to 39 years 1.9; 40 to 49 years 3.8; 50 to 59 years 5.9; 60 to 69 years 6.2; 70 years and over 4.4%.

And yet the census publication also states that marriages are most susceptible to divorce in the early years and after 5 years, approximately 10 percent of first marriages overall had ended in divorce. How quickly do people remarry?  In 2009, first marriages which ended in divorce lasted a median of 8 years for men and women overall. The median time from marriage to separation was shorter—about 7 years. Half of the men and women in all of the races and Hispanic-origin groups who remarried after divorcing from their first marriage did so within about 4 years.

Here are some very interesting statistics that show you where, if you don’t want to get divorced, where you should live. And that yes, the figures also show, that once past that dangerous 5 year marker, the older you are now, the more likely you are to stay married for longer. Take the 10th anniversary. If you married between 1960 and 64 you had a 93% chance of reaching this goal, whereas if you married between 1990-94 (the worst record) you had only an 87.1% of reaching this goal in your first marriage.

Divorce Statistics in America for Marriage

Description Statistics
State with the lowest divorce rate Massachusetts (2.4 per 1,000 population)
State with the highest divorce rate Nevada (9.1 per 1,000 population)
Percentage of US population that is divorced 10%
Mean age at first divorce For Males: 30.5 yrs.
For Females: 29 yrs.
Median age at second divorce For Males: 39.3 yrs.
For Females: 37 yrs.
Median number of years people wait to remarry after their first divorce For Males: 3.3 yrs.
For Females: 3.1 yrs.
Average length of divorce proceedings 1 year.

Bearing all this in mind we still find that some women in the
US never marry and more only marry the once.

  • Never married – 27.2%
  • Married once – 57.5%
  • Married twice – 12.1%
  • Married 3+ times – 3.2%

So this book is the first in a series about divorced women and their lives after divorce.  They are ‘desperate’ because they want to date again and are scarred by their divorces and first marriages. They also, some of them at least, have really cute dogs and then they get involved with really sexy policemen.

I must say that I find policemen in uniforms are much higher on the sexy scale than plain clothes. I have met several just recently here in the UK and they are uniformly  tall (but then I am very short) with nice broad shoulders. They look really hunky and are charming and with a good sense of humour too – at least those whom I’ve met and not all young either – the Superintendant was well over 40…  So I get why they might like them – I guess under-cover cops have that added essence of danger due to their circumstances. But plain clothes – well they could be anybody. Except that policemen, like firemen, need to keep fit – or should if they want to pass their physical exams – and at least when young, have a good physique with nice muscles.

Delicious of course refers to what the men think of the women – the new men in their lives that is – and of course, these are not really you and me with all our faults but they have good skin, nice curves and pretty faces at the very least. Our fantasy of what we might look like – sigh…

I checked out the author’s blog – just to find out about her daughter’s feet and she looks a fun person – just as her books are a fun read. Not serious, and great to read when you are having a duvet day! 4 stars and I’ll read some more in due course – when my ‘to read’ pile gets a little smaller…

 

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