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The Third Friday of October

Not an easy read, but rewarding in the end.

The Third Friday of October by Dana Austin Marsh

Slowly, so as not to attract Bodie's attention and give him an opportunity to bolt, Doyle rose from the booth and made his way across the room to stand in front of the diner. "Hello, Bodie," he said softly. The other man's head came up with a near audible snap of the neck, and, for a brief instant, Doyle saw something in the handsome features he had never expected to see - sheer, unalloyed panic. "I ought to punch you right in the mouth, you bastard."


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Mar. 26th, 2011 02:32 pm (UTC)
One of my favourites...
Mar. 26th, 2011 07:18 pm (UTC)
Mar. 26th, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
Oh yes - I remembered it and read it once again now. So much hurt and joy - a good rec.
Mar. 26th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
Glad you like it too. :-)
Mar. 26th, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
I read this quite recently and enjoyed it a lot. Yes, ultimately rewarding.
Mar. 27th, 2011 06:41 am (UTC)
So nice to know you think so too. :-)
Mar. 26th, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC)
Gah, sorry my comment somehow isn't working, although it turns up alright in the preview. Weird. I'll just leave it away, too many spoilers I fear.

Anyhow, this is a good story, although I have mixed feelings about it. Well-written and worth reading though. :)
Mar. 27th, 2011 06:46 am (UTC)
I've read your spoilers in my inbox. I didn't particularly care about the children's part, and meeting one weekend a year certainly isn't realistic, but it's kind of romantic, don't you think? :-)
Mar. 27th, 2011 07:41 am (UTC)
But... but... it makes me ache for them... only once a year! I think I must be a great big softie, too *g*

Mar. 27th, 2011 08:16 am (UTC)
I may be weird, but I love this kind of ache, as long as there is hope. You remember my non-pros rec Soldiers? There it's the same. So maybe you shouldn't read this one after all. :-)
Mar. 27th, 2011 09:16 am (UTC)
Well, it's not like I disliked reading it! In the right mood, it's very enjoyable. I just have to fortify myself against the 'achy' parts ;) - I think it might have to do with the fact that I tend to ponder on things in the past and opportunities missed, a character trait I could do without I'm sure *g*
But some good things just need time, don't they ;)
Mar. 27th, 2011 11:04 am (UTC)
I have to be in the mood, too. So I really understand you. :-)
Mar. 28th, 2011 12:10 pm (UTC)
As much as I love DAM (she is a joy to know, sweet and fun and bloody gorgeous!) and she writes such wonderful stories in S&H as well, the theme in this one isn't my cuppa. I don't see romance at all. It's actually awful, meeting once a year. It leaves a big hollow in my stomach and hurts my head. Guess I'm not the "romantic" type. But then I found Brokeback Mountain annoying. *bad kat* Thanks for the rec.
Mar. 28th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
I looked up "romance" and found this definition:
According to the Romance Writers of America the main plot of a romance novel must revolve around the two people as they develop romantic love for each other and work to build a relationship together. Furthermore, a romance novel must have an "emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending."
As this leaves a lot open in between, I guess there are many different kind of "romantic" types. I'm with you, it's really awful, meeting just once a year, but as long as there's a happy ending, it works for me. :-)
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