Treading Water, Treading Water Series, Book 1 by Marie Force

Treading Water, Treading Water Series, Book 1

By Marie Force

  • Release Date: 2012-05-04
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
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Book 1 in the Treading Water Series

Love is the last thing on Jack Harrington’s mind when he sets out to meet Andi Walsh’s flight. Recently back to work after spending more than a year tending to his comatose wife, Jack is focused on getting through each day and caring for his three daughters. However, the moment he sets eyes on Andrea Walsh, the interior designer who has come to decorate the hotel his company is building in Newport, Rhode Island, Jack begins to wonder if Andi might be his second chance. After a disastrous marriage, Andi, single mom to a hearing-impaired son, isn’t exactly looking for love, either, but that’s what she finds with Jack. The two embark on a long-distance relationship fraught with challenges as they balance the needs of their children and dueling careers while Jack continues to care for his wife, Clare. Just when Jack thinks his life is once again settled, he is confronted with a new challenge that tests him in ways he never could've imagined, leaving him to wonder if "happily ever after" is in the cards for him.

"This isn't your typical romance where you're positive you're going to get the happy ending you were hoping for at the beginning. It will rip your heart out at times and having you weeping for joy at others. A stunning story about learning to love again and learning when to let go to those you love." A Reviewer Top Pick at Night Owl Reviews.

"Treading Water is a definite must read! Treading Water creates an emotional firestorm within the reader. It shines the light on the good and the bad in life and proves that one moment can change everything and it’s never too late to find love. Marie Force grabbed my heart and squeezed every ounce of emotion out of it but most importantly her monumental story left me blissful. Treading Water may be fiction but it gives me hope; hope in everyday people and happily ever after. I cannot wait for the next book in this trilogy, Marking Time." —Joyfully Reviewed, a "Recommended Read" for November 2011!

The Treading Water Series
Book 1: Treading Water (Jack & Andi)
Book 2: Marking Time (Clare & Aidan)
Book 3: Starting Over (Brandon & Daphne)
Book 4: Coming Home (Reid & Kate)


  • Wow

    By MrsGonsalez
    I stumbled across your Gansett Island Series. Loved it so much, I read The Quantum books. Now I come across this because it just has to be good; it’s written by you!! Wow, this book was phenomenal. Heartbreakingly beautiful. Gave me anxiety, super highs and lows, made me laugh, cry- the whole gamut of emotions. What a book
  • Absolutely LOVED it!

    By She who hardly complains
    I don't say this about most reads but this one was spectacular. The character development was wonderful & in depth for almost all the characters. The love & romance of Jack & Andi was perfectly paced. The family dynamics were intriguing. I was never bored. There were sappy parts but they weren't to hard to swallow when you looked at the overall picture. They were good people in unfortunate situations & I rooted for them all the way. Walked away very satisfied.
  • Treading Water

    By BayouBelle8
    Lovely & nice--maybe too nice. Have liked other Marie Force books much better. Don't get me wrong, the book was fine if you are looking for a 'vanilla' story.
  • Happy story but too long...

    By oldbballwife
    Great beginning story with lots of human elements. Moves into a true romance with a snag. But along the way things drag as you wonder how the snag get be resolved to everyone's satisfaction.
  • Fantastic Book

    By Marianne791
    Marie's first book! I couldn't put this book down! That is how it is when I read anything by Marie Force; I highly recommend this author!!! I can't wait to start reading Marking Time, Starting Over, & Coming Home!!!
  • Treading Water

    I loved it. Very unique story. It had me on edge. It made me happy and sad all at the same time. I was reading the other reviews and wonder what the ones complaining about Jack's lack of commitment to his wife. I think it was amazing. I wonder if he was supposed to quit living. What happened with Claire and being told she would never recover. That would have been terrible for all of them. Who's to say that they would stay married anyway. Be realistic people.
  • Paige1

    By Paige53
    Great book can't wait to read the next book in the series.
  • Another Marie Force home run!

    By marlovesreading
    This book was fantastic! I laughed, I cried and now I can't wait for number 2!
  • Treading Water

    By MzDiamondGirl
    Wonderful book, hard to put down. Wonderful characters. It's really hot hot hot
  • Amazing

    By Pittprinceas
    One the most amazing books I've read in a very long time. For the first time in recent memory I finished this book without wanting to rewrite some part. Very tastefully written, this book solicits genuine emotions and leaves the reader feeling fulfilled! I can't wait to read the rest of the series.