I picked up my grandest and we drove to Taekwondo Academy in New City, NY for her first class. The day before, my daughter took her to an introductory class with Master Jung. He was a hit. She broke a board, bowed and this opens a new vista and philosophy for our little five year old. She scrambled into her uniform called a dobo. Blond hair flying, she dived into whatever Master Yu or Master Jung ordered. Toward the end of the class, she needed a chap stick and thought she could run to me for a minute. The Master said, “Not until class has ended.” When the final bows took place, I heard her say from across the room, “Thank God, now I can get my chap stick.”
What has she learned in one class? Discipline, obedience,respect,confidence.
I remember so well when my youngest son, age six at the time, was bullied every day on the way home from school. Enrolling him in a local Judo school was the best idea. Four days a week he trained and competed, bullied no more. Seven years later his interest turned to tennis.
My book Starting Over tells the story of a widow who remarries. Her second husband is obsessed with security and insists she studies Taekwondo. Eventually this art saves her life.
Starting Over by Charmaine Gordon
Publisher: Vanilla Heart Publishing
Length: Full Length (240 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Camellia
Some days Emily Kendrick’s mind is a twisting kaleidoscope of shifting memories as she struggles to keep grief at bay after the death of her husband of thirty years. She runs on the beach to ease her mind and body. There she meets Pat Corwin who changes the directions of her life and, unknown to her, is secretly watched by another man whose warped mind dreams of possessing her.
Pat, a lawyer with mysteries surrounding much of his past, stirs a spark of life in Emily that gives her courage to be someone she’s never been before. He brings joy, fun, and love into her life, different from that which she shared with her late husband.
Input from family, friends, and the predatory Clifford Lansdale makes Starting Over thought provoking as well as captivating. It is a story with humor and complications, but most of all it is a story of a woman learning to be independent for the first time as she picks up the pieces of her past and embraces a new way of life only to have more shattering woes befall her.
The reader shares a poignant, vicarious experience with Emily that is realistic and heartbreaking at times, but joyful and full of hope at other times. How Emily handles the stages of grief is evocative. Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, Emily absorbs the blows of life, accepts the inevitable, and survives to thrive.
The secondary characters are remarkable in so many ways. They add subplots and a wealth of emotions to the main story that helps the reader realize that Emily is not living in a vacuum without support and, of course, a few adversaries.
Charmaine Gordon does much more than just tell a delightful story with romance and sizzling love scenes. She also gives the reader a peek at how grief influences a surviving partner and how that person copes. Starting Over is a celebration of life.
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