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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Simon and Fig (April 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985352000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985352004
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
An adult story which should have been written as a YA. Sept. 16 2012
By Wanda (Good Choice Reading) - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
When Nancy Scrofano emailed GCR and requested a review. Upon reading the blurb for her novel, I was quickly intrigued. I'm a huge sucker for a romance and happily ever after stories. So I quickly accepted to read and review it. However, as I began reading, I felt a little frustrated. For one this novel was very predictable. And towards the first half of the book, I felt I was reading a YA rather than an adult contemporary.

The main character Marlo was hanging on to her past, to a guy who left her 12 years ago with not even a goodbye. Now I understand how someone may need closure to let go of someone or something. But in my opinion this main character acted and thought like a teenager. Her ex came back into town and requested to see her and instead of thinking about to seeing him to clear things out, she was thinking about how she can get things back to the way they were before he left. That way of thinking is too immature for an adult. Now if this was a YA, then this wouldn't have bothered me so much because young adults aren't always mature enough to make a smart decision.

The author however does shake things up a bit and this helps Marlo in my opinion grow up a bit. This is when I actually start enjoying the main character and her story. She becomes more mature and start making wise decisions. She finally opens her eyes wide enough to see what or rather who is she has before her. That's when the story became what I expected, a true love story. I fell in love with two characters in this story, which is Nik (her best friend) and her Aunt Madge. Those two characters made the story so much better.

I know I kind of rambled on in this review but the main character really annoyed me throughout the first half of the book. But after she matured and opened her eyes, I started enjoying the story more. I was rooting for Marlo to find her closure and to find True Love's Way. I give this book a 3 stars because of the frustration I felt towards the main character towards the first half of the book. But after that the story picked up and I really enjoyed myself.

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
It's the story of a girl named Marlo ... Sept. 23 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I remember watching The Brady Bunch and other sitcoms of the '70s and '80s. And when I Love Lucy is on, I'll still watch an episode every now and then. But my interest in these shows pales next to that of Marlo Spencer, a devotee whose love of all things retro in television knows no end.

Fortunately, Marlo's best friend, Nik, indulges her passion. He even accompanies her to dinners with her wacky aunt. Nik's sister, Savannah, is Marlo's other best friend, and lives with her precocious daughter in the friends' hometown of Napa. It isn't that Marlo's life in Malibu is idyllic, but it's peaceful. That is, until she receives a message from Josh, her high school boyfriend who she hasn't heard from in over a decade: he'd like them to discuss the promise they made before they broke up after graduation.

Marlo is stunned. Yes, she and Josh promised each other that if they were 30 and not married that they would marry each other, but the last she saw of him, he left Napa and headed to France to culinary school. Even though Marlo broke up with him, she's still hurt that he never invited her to visit him in France, much less kept in touch. She agrees to go to Napa to see him when he heads back home, and Nik decides to drive and accompany her.

To say that Nik does not like or trust Josh is a fair assessment of his feelings. And we know why: Nik loves Marlo for himself. When we meet Savannah and see her reaction to Josh's return to Napa, our suspicions ignite, far more than Marlo's. In fact, if there is one thing about Marlo that vexes us it is her penchant for overlooking the obvious. We see the connections long before she does, so by the time her outrage hits, our shock has worn off and we're kind of over it.

Yet you can't help but like Marlo, and you can't help but really like Nik, just as you can't help but distrust Savannah and Josh. Nancy Scrofano presents Marlo's kitschy devotion to classic sitcoms with just the right touch: any firmer, and we would find Marlo annoying and obnoxious. There is a reason why people like Marlo, and it has everything to do with her open, sweet disposition - a disposition Nik adores but Josh attempts to manipulate.

You can see the ending of this book from its opening pages, but that doesn't mean that Scrofano does not make the inevitable an enjoyable turning of the pages. She clearly likes her characters, and we in turn come to care about them as well. For those of us who came of age in the '70s and '80s, there is the added bonus of flashing back to television shows we recall with a nostalgic glow.

True Love Way is much like its characters: cute, adorable, and sweet.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great debut! April 22 2012
By KV - Published on
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True Love Way is the debut novel by Nancy Scrofano, and what a debut it is! I immediately could relate to the main character, Marlo, and her difficulties in giving herself freely in love due to her past experiences. The settings of Malibu and Napa are just as much a part of the story as the other characters you will meet and appreciate along the way. This would be a perfect beachside read over the summer.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Silly and Tiresome Nov. 9 2012
By DeeDee Brown - Published on
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There are two 3 star reviews that sum up my feelings about this book. One states that this book should have been written and marketed as a YA work and the other points out how the suspense supposedly builds around The Big Secret when it's glaringly obvious what the secret is from very early on.

I held out hope until about 15% but it became extremely tiresome after that. The main character's obsession with vintage television goes way beyond the normal spectrum. I like classic TV as well, but not to the point of hoarding memorabilia, referencing old shows as if they parallel my life, and having every dream featuring me as the star of such shows.

The protagonist was impossible to relate to. She is immature, petulant, and quite honestly delusional...harboring a 'love' for her high school boyfriend until she's almost 30 and being so emotionally stunted that she's just been waiting for contact from him so they can reconcile and spend the rest of their lives together. Might I suggest intensive therapy?

The remainder of the book is just a lot of flailing around describing clothing, food, social outings, crying before, during, and after said outings, and of course referencing old television shows ad nauseum. There is absolutely no opportunity for the reader to piece things together for themselves; rather we are hit over the head with obvious points again and again.

My opinion is that this author needs to rethink her target audience. I think she could be a decent YA author if she wrote age appropriate material and realized that even very young readers don't require the level of obviousness she employs.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I Had to Just Give Up Dec 2 2012
By FrancesG - Published on
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I'm giving this book two stars even though I couldn't finish it. The writing was actually pretty good, scenes and places were vividly described, and the characters were well-drawn. I just didn't like any of them though with the exception of Savannah, Marlo's best friend. But, talk about immaturity on the part of Marlo! I don't want to give the plot away, but obviously Josh was a cad and still Marlo kept agonizing over whether or not to marry him. The guy tried to propose with a major secret that should have been out front immediately. He also lied to her. Marlo continually cried and carried on like a 16 year old. I finally just said, "Put your big girl panties on and DEAL with it." He said, she said, you did, you didn't, wah wah wah. This would have been a fairly good book for young adults, although the subject matter might be a bit intense. But at 67% I just gave up because I didn't want to spend any more time with these people, and it looked as though even Savannah would wind up being an idiot as well. Obviously not my cup of tea, but maybe enjoyable to others, so do read the good reviews before you decide up or down.

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