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The Merry Go Round – Donna Fasano

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010


Paperback: 212 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (July 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1453688013
ISBN-13: 978-1453688014
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Lauren E. Hunkavic Flynn – Attorney
Greg Flynn – Lauren’s Estranged Husband
Lew Hunkavic – Lauren’s Father
Norma Jean Pruitt – Lauren’s Assistant
Scotty Shaw, Jr. – A client of Lauren’s.
Scott Shaw, Sr. – Scotty’s father.


Can a divorced couple find some common ground to stop the animosity between them? We meet Greg and Lauren Flynn on the eve of their divorce. The reasons for the divorce at first are not clear. The judge’s decision begins the pivotal plotline for The Merry Go Round.


I liked this story. It was brief, but the characters were well drawn. The character of Lew I found lovable. He actually reminded me a lot of my late father.

Some of Lauren’s cases were extremely funny. One in particular involved a woman and toilet paper. Scotty Shaw’s story was also funny, I could actually see the events that happened to him, happen.

As the story progressed, my view of Lauren and my view of Greg did complete turnarounds. One minute I was routing for one, the next I was cheering on the other. In a he-said she-said world, we get to see both sides, and I liked that.

I recommend this for those looking for an easy, beach read, or just those into some light, romance.

See our interview of Ms. Fasano here.

About the Author:

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.

Donna sold her first manuscript in 1989, and since then has become a bestselling, award-winning author of over thirty novels and four audio books. She writes under her own name, Donna Fasano, as well as under the pen name Donna Clayton and is known for her “smooth, polished” writing style and for creating “strong, complex” characters. Reviewers have described her stories as “poignant,” “richly textured,” “enticing,” and “absorbing.” The writing process can be extremely engrossing for Donna, so much so that she’s missed appointments with dentists and doctors, lunches with friends and family, and once she even forgot her carpool run. Luckily, the people in her life make allowances for this quirk.

Still happily married to her high school sweetheart, she is the mother of two grown sons who have flown the coop. She and her husband share their home with Jake, a black and white, couch-potato border collie, and Roo, a spotted red and cream Australian cattle dog that looks (and acts) like a wild dingo. Donna’s spare time is spent reading, walking the countryside and beach, or trying out new recipes from one of the many cookbooks she has collected over the years. Oh, and one night a week she and her hubby nab some alone time from their busy schedules, enjoying a nice glass of wine and a video—preferably a romantic comedy. Donna also volunteers loads of hours to her small church.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Ms. Fasano for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review.

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