The Dating Do-Over

Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
Elementary school teacher Viv Nowak has a sympathetic heart and abominable taste in men. She expects an engagement ring when her live-in lover of six years lands a terrific job in a new city. Instead, she gets dumped . . . on Valentine’s Day! Her friends insist on a dating do-over to fix her life, but no one expects the choice she makes when Viv finally knows what her heart wants. More
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About Cathy Spencer

Award-winning Canadian author Cathy Spencer lives in Ontario with her husband, an actor/teacher.

Cathy is the author of the Anna Nolan mystery series featuring an amateur sleuth who works as an administrative assistant for a fictitious university. Book One, Framed for Murder, was the winner of the 2014 Bony Blithe Mystery Award. In it, Anna discovers the body of her ex-husband while out for a walk one evening, and quickly becomes the focus of his murder investigation. Book Two in the series, Town Haunts, is set at Halloween. Cemetery custodian Sherman Mason asks for help from Anna and her friends when he hears his dead wife calling to him from beyond the grave. In the third book, Tidings of Murder and Woe, Anna is looking forward to a happy Christmas when her new friend, the CEO of a big oil company, starts receiving anonymous death threats.

Cathy has also written two romances. The Affairs of Harriet Walters, Spinster, is an historical novel about a spinster whose life is turned upside when she is sent to live with a persnickety aunt after her father's death. The Dating Do-Over is a contemporary romantic comedy about a thirtyish school teacher with a sympathetic heart and lousy taste in men.

Cathy is also the author of 2 short story collections, Tall Tales Twin-Pack, Mysteries, and Tall Tales Twin-Pack, Science Fiction & Fantasy.

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Reviews of The Dating Do-Over by Cathy Spencer

oldmysfan reviewed on April 4, 2015
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Initially I did not care much for Viv. How dumb does a woman have to be to stick around for six years, be a total doormat, and actual pay off the guy's student loans?! As the inevitable breakup hits, Viv is faced with friends' and families' issues that cause further erosion in her self-esteem. Her friends think they have just the right guys for her, naturally. They stand by her, but they make some poor choices to "help" her. It is both sad and hilarious to watch her friends (who genuinely mean well) try. That guy with the preposterous car and apartment decorated all in steel, chrome and black leather? Right away, red flags and bells started going off in my head!!!

Viv does change as she goes thru trials with both her friends and her parents. These relationships are tested. Viv has to decide what her values are and what is most important to her.

The ending is definitely a surprise. But Viv is someone that is a much stronger person and someone I admired and respected. Good story. Good characters.
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)
Madonna Dolin reviewed on March 16, 2015

Who hasn't wanted a dating do over? You have a bad breakup, you look back and wonder how did you not see that coming or why did you make that choice? So now you are single and afraid to trust your judgment so you let your friends pick your dates. Well, after those disasters you realize that you are the only one who can tell who is right for you. That is Viv's story too. Laugh along with Viv as she explores the dating pool again, cry with her as she deals with family issues, rejoice with her as she finds love. This was a fun book to read because most of us have had experiences along these lines.

I received this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased feedback
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
Teresa Noel reviewed on March 8, 2015

I was given a copy of this book for my honest review. The story is about Vivian Nowack who is an elementary School Teach in Toronto. On Valentine's day she hears a message on the answering machine for her live in boyfriend of 6 years Kyle. She immediatly thinks he is going to propose to her. Instead he gives her diamond earrings and then breaks up with her. She moves in with her friend Sabrina, who with another friend Julie are determined to make Viv stop sulking and get her life back together. Her father Gabe and even her mother who she has been estranged from for 6 years try to help Vivian straighten out her life. Things go up and crash back down throughout the book until towards the end she finally finds her happily ever after. I enjoyed this book a lot it was a quick read but kept you turning the page. - See more at:
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Renee8605 reviewed on March 7, 2015

I really liked this book a lot. Its well written and I really got into reading it. Liv's boyfriend Kyle breaks up with her unexpectedly on Valentine's Day. Her friends and family do their best to console her as she figures out what she wants in life. A true inspiration for other women in similar situations.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
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