The Restarting Point
(Chammont Point #1)
Publication date: April 27th 2021
Genres: Women’s Fiction
Marketing executive and mother of two, Jade Kelly can now add cancer survivor to her list of successes. But while her life looks good on paper, four months out of treatment, Jade realizes she hardly knows her college-age children and she and her husband Nick are little more than housemates.
Determined to start over, Jade schedules a family vacation to a lakefront cabin. When her kids bail and Nick stays home to handle a last minute work crisis, Jade heads to Chammont Point alone, determined to dust herself off and figure out what to do with the rest of her life.
While she’s away, the life she thought she had unravels. Secrets, lies, and old wounds drive Jade into new adventures and new relationships. With the help of family and new found friends, Jade learns starting over sometimes means finding a brand new restarting point.
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Jade was thinking anything would be a welcomed distraction when the door swung open.
“Knock, knock,” Darby sang as she poked her head in without actually knocking. Nor did she wait for Jade to invite her in before entering. She held out a plastic container from the grocery store and lifted a bottle of wine. “I thought you might need these. I hope you like mint brownies and red wine.”
Jade had always adored both. However, she’d completely altered her diet after her diagnosis. She’d never been a heavy drinker, but as soon as she’d read that alcohol and junk food increased the risks for the type of cancer she’d had, she’d cut those indulgences from her life. She hadn’t had either in over a year. “You didn’t have to do that.”
After easing her offerings onto the table, Darby faced Jade. “Yes, I did. I am really glad your ankle didn’t get hurt worse. That’s definitely worth brownies and a moderately priced bottle of Malbec.” She grinned. “And…” She opened the door again, reached out, and then spun dramatically. “Look at these.” Darby beamed as she held up two gold-painted crutches covered in gems of varying size, shape, and color. “I dug them out of my closet for you to use as long as needed.”
Jade widened her eyes as she stared in shock. Gaudy was an understatement. The display before Jade was atrocious.
“Wow,” Jade said for lack of any other words. “Thanks.”
“I, too, sprained my ankle once.” Darby set the crutches against the coffee table and within Jade’s reach. “You should never do cartwheels on a stage. While wearing vinyl platform boots. And drinking heavily.”
“Yeah,” Jade said, drawing the word out a bit. She didn’t have to think too hard to see the image Darby had created. “That sounds like it would be a bad idea.”
“Speaking of drinking, let’s get to that wine.” Darby turned toward the table where she’d left the bottle.
“Oh, thanks, but I don’t drink,” Jade said.
Darby stopped, frozen in time for a few beats, and then spun around and cupped her ear as if she hadn’t heard. “I’m sorry, what?”
“I don’t drink. I had… It’s bad for my health. I’ll take a glass of water, though.” Jade could almost see the gears in the other woman’s brain spinning as she processed the information. Jade had almost slipped in the bit about her cancer, but sometimes the words still stuck deep in her chest like a fist not ready to release its hold. The ability to share her struggles as freely as she’d heard others with major illnesses do was not something she’d mastered. She suspected she’d get there, but that was a skill she had to work on.
“You don’t drink? How do you get through the day?”
Jade giggled as Darby stared with obvious confusion. “Slowly.”
As a teen, Marci Bolden skipped over young adult books and jumped right into reading women’s fiction and romance novels.
Marci lives in the Midwest with her husband, two kiddos, and numerous rescue pets. If she had an ounce of will power, Marci would embrace healthy living but until cupcakes and wine are no longer available at the local grocery store, she’ll put that ambition on hold and appease her guilt by reading self-help books and promising to join a gym “soon.”
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Angelica Dimeo says
Marcy Meyer says
Pretty cover. Sounds great.
Deborah D says
How long was the writing process?
Barbara Montag says
I would enjoy reading about a cancer survivor.
Thank you for sharing the review.
Debbie P says
This sounds very intriguin.
molli taylor says
i love books about dtarting over because i have done it and it is so hard.
shannon zeidan says
This has a gorgeous cover. I really enjoyed the description.
Susan Smith says
Sounds like a great book. I like the cover and the excerpt.
Gwendolyn Jordan says
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wendy hutton says
this sounds like a wondrful story
Glenda M says
Eva Millien says
Nice to meet you, Marci! Sounds like a fantastic read, thanks for sharing! Good luck with the tour and with your book!
It looks like a good read.
Joy Avery says
Really love the cover!
Latifa Morrisette says
What a wonderful book! Great cover and excerpt. Thanks for sharing.
Deb Pelletier says
Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.
Maria Malaveci says
Cindy Merrill says
This happens more often than one might expect, it’s otherwise known as “midlife crisis”.
This sounds like a good book. Love the cover!
Veronica Lee says
Sounds like a fantastic read! I enjoyed the excerpt.
Ellen Stafford says
The cover looks lovely!
JessicA c says
This book looks like a very interesting book, I love the cover an definitely would read. Thank you for sharing
Antoinette M says
Love the cover.
Karen H says
Thanks for the giveaway
christina moore says
The book sounds great, Love the cover