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Twice divorced, cynical Cindy Layton feels like a relic with prehistoric baggage, and doubts she can muster the courage to establish a new relationship, even if it's on her own terms.Her journey out of the Stone Age hits freaky, hilarious turbulence when she joins an Internet dating service. The scammers and weirdoes she meets in cyberspace make Cindy want to crawl back inTwice divorced, cynical Cindy Layton feels like a relic with prehistoric baggage, and doubts she can muster the courage to establish a new relationship, even if it's on her own terms.Her journey out of the Stone Age hits freaky, hilarious turbulence when she joins an Internet dating service. The scammers and weirdoes she meets in cyberspace make Cindy want to crawl back into her cave, until she receives an accidental email from Jay DeMatteo.Jay has the dating blues, too, but after meeting Cindy, reconsiders his options. Now it's up to him to convince her it's never too late to pursue a meaningful relationship, even when a couple is struggling with midlife adolescence....

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  • Mrs. D.
    2019-04-30 02:24

    How many frogs must a woman kiss before she meets her prince?If you really want to know, you should read Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems, a humorous, contemporary romance written by Susan Ricci. This is a great novel about two middle-aged people who join an online dating service and eventually fall in love. The story is written with honesty and understanding, covering every aspect of the dating journey of a broken and betrayed woman who has just completed a bitter divorce. After she stops crying and feeling sorry for her fading relationships and unhappy marriages, Cindy, the heroine of this entertaining book, is back on the dating market. In her search for the right man, she risks Internet dating, and that is where the fun begins. Ahhh, glorious dating days! Who does not remember the thrill and excitement running through the veins while waiting for a date? Rushing through the closets in search of a low-cut blouse, we do not eat for days, trying to fit into tight pants we just bought in the juniors’ department. Dropping things on the floor and nervously looking at the clock, we rush out of the house an hour before our actual date. Sitting in the car in a busy parking lot, we are painting our date in the colors of the rainbow, feeling as if we've reached seventh heaven. That is how Cindy felt just before her first date. She walked into the bar and ordered a drink to calm her nerves. Pretending to sip an ice-cold mixture, she patiently waited for him to arrive, shaking from the slightest sound of the slamming door sending gusts of the chilly air into her face. Then he walked through the door.… Ahh, a long-awaited prince! Sweet kisses!Hell, NO! Cindy would not waste one of her kisses on another frog after her bitter divorce from her former husband. This story drew me in from the first chapter and kept a smile on my face to the last page. It's a great, entertaining read for any adult! Like every woman who has experienced unlucky dating, I closely related to the main character, Cindy, who was funny and naïve, and a desperate single woman searching for true love. Through the main character, the author discusses the dating issues of middle-aged people, revealing their insecurities and fears at the beginning of new relationships.When Cindy met the right man, she changed from an inexperienced dinosaur to a loving friend and wonderful lover. Susan Ricci captures the reality of Internet dating while still providing hope for people searching for love. Overall it is a wonderful, entertaining book, which I finished reading in one day while sitting on the beach. I would highly recommend this book to any of my friends, single and married, women and men, who appreciate salty humor and are not afraid to learn something from the experiences of divorced people and online dating. Buckle up and enjoy a fun ride!

  • Albert
    2019-05-20 21:15

    Overall Feedback: Have you ever started a story and had the thought in the back of your mind that you were supposed to be doing something else? That nagging feeling that there was something that was suposed to be done but you just can not take your eyes off those pages because you might miss something. If you have not then you will with this story. Susan's tale is of love lost, baggage gained and the thrill of applying what past relationships have taught us. Point of View: A tale through the eyes of a "Dinosaur" or as society will tell you "a mature woman". You will learn the follies of the past and present through the mind of a "mental cemetary".Voice: Take your baggage and try to leave it at the door. By now you should know what to look out for in the bad relationships and be able to steer clear. Do not make the soul you find to share your life with pay for the trespasses of others, as they are capable of making their own.Character Development: Every character is unique, well defined and endearing. There is not a character in the book that you do not know someone in real life to compare to.Plot: There is something to be said about the journey one must take to understand what a relationship should be and how to ensure they do not mess it up or at least be honest enough with the other party to make progress.Dialogue: The dialogue was clear and really gave you an insight into each character and their traits.Pacing: Susan is able to propel you through her story with ease and not make you feel shoved forth.Setting: I really felt that my inner reader was whisked off to all the places the character was and I felt if I was standing there with her.Continuity: I feel that Susan tied together a perfect story for a first outing as an "Indie Author" and I can not wait for more from this brilliant new addition to the "Indie World" to be brought forth from her mind. Great work Susan!

  • Susan Griscom
    2019-05-05 23:33

    “Is that supposed to be some sort of threat, Glen? I’m damn good at my job and you know it.” He scratches his ass quite thoroughly. “Nope, not a threat, just practical advice.”It was lines like this that made this book so enjoyable for me. Here’s one more just for fun: I email Larry to go shit in his hat. This book was very amusing, to say the least. I don’t think I’ve laughed out loud from a book in a long time. It’s an easy to read book, meaning it kept my interest and I couldn’t wait to get back to it from whatever reason I had to put it down. It was very entertaining, to go with Cindy, the protagonist, on some of her wild and most often weird dates and I cringed over some of them remembering some of my own. She is a character you just can’t help relating with, particularly if you’ve ever been through a divorce. At first, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read a book about such a depression topic, having been through the process myself. However, Susan Ricci has a way of taking something bad like divorce and all the crap that goes along with it and making it an interesting and fun read and I found myself nodding with an “uh huh” several times throughout the book. I became a little annoyed with Cindy at one point but within a few short pages I was relieved to see she came to her senses.Glen was quite a character and loved hating him. That’s about all I’ll say about that guy.Jay was a breath of fresh air and I’m going to go out on a limb and say I have one of these guys for my very own. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has been through a divorce, both men and women. Men might learn something and women will surely appreciate the humor as well as the grief.

  • Melanie Adkins
    2019-04-30 02:43

    Finding out your husband is being unfaithful is hard enough, but when you hear about it from a friend... that sucks. Then to add the cherry on top, he texts you that he wants a divorce. Cindy's week was NOT going well. Now she'd have to adjust to a whole new dating world. Cindy wasn't sure she even wanted to get involved with it all after Glenn. With encouragement from her friends, Cindy begins to explore the world as a single woman. It's not all it's cracked up to be.A fun and romantic look at life after divorce. Ms. Ricci stepped into an area many are afraid to face and taught us it's okay to laugh at ourselves. She's taught us we're never to old to learn something new about life. This book is a story and guide all in one. Terrifically real characters and magnificent writing make this book a joy to read. I read this book and kept saying to myself, I've met every one of these types of men too. I LOVED IT! Ms. Ricci is right on the money with this book. You have to get your copy today!I found no issues with this one. I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because it touched my heart!~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~

  • James Jr.
    2019-05-03 20:19

    I just finished reading a delightful book that is genuine, sweet, funny, tender... and real. Sometimes we read something and can tell that the author really didn't "own" the material. They researched and did their best, but they really haven't lived it. If Susan didn't live every single moment of this storyline, than we must consider her a master, because I could find no flaws. It kept my attention throughout, driving me to turn those pages with a perfect narration that never once caused me to trip over a word or phrase. I laughed aloud a few times and even found myself tearing up at one point.Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I am pushing forty-four years old in 2013 that made me love this story. Now, I married my second girlfriend, didn't date much, and have never been divorced or separated. The only thing I really had in common with the characters is my age, and desire to be loved and to love another. In spite of all of that; however, I found myself completely engrossed with the characters and the story, finding myself right there with them.

  • Stacy Jones
    2019-05-18 20:35

    I LOVED this book! Laugh out loud funny! Susan Ricci created this wonderful story with Cindy's Crusades and the first is by far my favorite of the series. I read passages from this book out loud to my daughter while I was reading it, because she would walk by my office and ask me what I was giggling about, then I handed my iPad to her and let her read it when I was done and listened to her giggle. It was great! Just a wonderful romance and the sort of story that you don't feel embarrassed talking about with your mom. In fact, I insisted that my mom get her own copy! This is not a "sex in the afternoon" sort of book. Cindy is a three dimensional, believable character who is in her 50s and trying online dating for the first time. Her escapades are well worth the time spent reading this novel, well worth it. Can't wait for the next book in the series!

  • Margaret Radisich
    2019-05-11 03:19

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book; Cindy finds herself divorced through no fault of her own and even though hesitant, she signs up with an Internet dating site to see what is out there. Hoping against hope, that one of these men would be Mr. Right, she jumps in; her dates turn out not so great and sometimes create a humorous and/or awkward situation. She is ready to give up; after all, she is in her early 50's and maybe there is no one that will meet her criteria, but she clicks on a name before she closes the account with a glimmer of hope and begins yet another cautious dating session.The book is very well written and whether you are young or old you can appreciate Cindy's situation and find yourself cheering her on. A lovely book that needs to be in the hands of anyone that loves a good romance.

  • Margaret Radisich
    2019-04-23 02:30

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book; Cindy finds herself divorced through no fault of her own and even though hesitant, she signs up with an Internet dating site to see what is out there. Hoping against hope, that one of these men would be Mr. Right, she jumps in; her dates turn out not so great and sometimes create a humorous and/or awkward situation. She is ready to give up; after all, she is in her early 50's and maybe there is no one that will meet her criteria, but she clicks on a name before she closes the account with a glimmer of hope and begins yet another cautious dating session.The book is very well written and whether you are young or old you can appreciate Cindy's situation and find yourself cheering her on. A lovely book that needs to be in the hands of anyone that loves a good romance.

  • Bethany Aan
    2019-04-30 22:28

    Just finished reading this delightful read-it-in-one-sitting book. 'Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems' is a cute, heart-warming story of middle age, internet dating, and the hope of finding real love when you've resigned to never being in love again. I think anyone who's ever participated in an online dating site can appreciate the early tales of woe, and anyone who's ever fallen in love can appreciate the rest. :) I highly recommend this book, for pretty much anyone. :)Well done, Susan! :)

  • Donna
    2019-05-23 01:18

    Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems is a laugh out loud romantic novel. It is also a realistic look at the horror of dating at an older age. This author has captured all the joy and sorrow women of today face after a divorce, and moving on to a new life.I love the fact that not everyone was rich, beautiful, and everything turned out perfect.I recommend Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems to women of all ages looking for a fun, but realistic romantic novel.

  • Dennis Higgins
    2019-04-25 03:15

    Reading Susan Ricci's wonderful novel, Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems, It felt like I was finally privy to at least a glimpse of the secrets of how women think. I was able to get into the main character, Cindy and truly feel for her, at times wanting to rescue her from hoards of unsavory men. What a ride this novel took me on. The writing was great and flowed effortlessly across each page. Wonderful book!

  • Christy King
    2019-05-03 21:22

    I was laughing, I was crying! This book has it all. From my favorite chapters of dates gone wrong, to insightful observations of love late in life, I was totally taken in by this storyline. There is an immense amount of wise advice contained within these pages, but it's disguised with comedy and tears so that you don't even realize you've absorbed it.Recommend to others? Yes, yes, yes.

  • R.J. Palmer
    2019-04-29 22:33

    I kind of had to push myself to read "Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems" at first because I was absolutely sure that it wasn't going to be my cup of tea. Then I started reading and had to drag myself away to go take care of my day to day life. Score one, Susan, my dear. It's a lighthearted, fairly easy read and I was so very happy that I didn't have to slog through a bunch of heavy love scenes. I like to have a little left to the imagination in that department."Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems" is not so much a love story as it is a story about a journey of self-discovery and how you don't have to be in your roaring twenties to embark on such a journey. Susan calls it "midlife adolescence" and I call it "getting back on the ol' horse". Either way, it shakes down to the same thing, you're never too old to start having a little fun even if you just came out of a phase in your life where the world seems to be crashing in around you. I got a real kick out of some of the names that Susan came up with for some of the sleazy characters that the main character met while giving a go at dating again. That was just plain funny. That and showing that what goes around comes around was strangely cathartic. It gives me hope for aspects of my life.I have to say honestly, the part that I liked the most about "Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems" was that any person who has been where the main character has been can relate to the situation she's in whether male or female. The emotions; anger, jealousy, resentment, bitterness and distrust are real and come part and parcel with emotional baggage. These things are expected with someone who is emotionally scarred and getting back into the dating game. They're also confronted head on in what I can only call a superb accounting of self-identification. Anyone who has been in any kind of relationship and come out the other side is a changed person whether for good or ill and Ms. Ricci does not try to skate around this. I can only assume that she has used her own experiences to better her characters and make them more real and she's done it with a kind of forthright honesty that I applaud.Now, onto the blasted star rating which is going to be a bit of an enigma to me. Instinctively, I want to give a five star because I genuinely liked "Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems" and finished reading with that disconnected, euphoric sensation that I only get after I've gotten completely involved in a book. I'm also struggling with the idea that Susan is a close and personal friend of mine. Even with that said, I have to take away a star not because if my association with Susan, but because I want to see more. I've seen Susan's talent for description first hand and I would like to challenge her to give me more stories to devour. Keep writing, bring out the emotion and show me what you've got. Enough said.

  • Rachel Eliason
    2019-04-23 01:43

    I just realized that I rated the book but didn't put a text review. I am not sure why, I reviewed it on Amazon. Here is what I said:I really didn't need to read Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems for this review (though I did) because I had the good fortune to be one of Susan Ricci's beta-readers and got a chance to read it while it was still a work in progress.Cindy Layton is twice divorced, in her fifties and has grown children. After her marriage to Glen, an egotistical divorce lawyer, she wonders if she will ever be able to get back in the dating game as a "dinosaur". After a couple of false starts a friend talks her into trying out internet dating. She's skeptical at first and with good reason. Her first few internet dates are hilarious disasters.Just before giving up for good she meets Jay. he too is older, divorced and with grown kids. Despite almost immediate chemistry they take their time getting to know each other. Can they build a lasting relationship with so much past behind them?Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems is well written and a fast easy read. Cindy's dating foibles are told with grace and humor. Her romance with Jay is sweet and endearing. Any fan of romance novels would do well to add this to their library.

  • Jessica Elliott
    2019-05-04 01:42

    Okay, I'd actually give this three and a half stars, but this doesn't do halves so I'm stuck at three.As far as the actual story goes, I thought the idea was great. I found the characters interesting and the story had appeal, especially since I'm not much of a romance reader to begin with. I got sucked in by the title. :) I appreciated that intimate scenes were discreet and that the story truly revolved around the formation of a realistic relationship. The descriptions of the main character's flubbed dates and frustration with trying to find love again were wonderful and often amusing.My only complaint with the book was the amount of profanity in it. Now, I realize this is a personal complaint; I grew up in a home where women never swear...ever. I found the use of profanity to be distracting to the story. I can handle some profanity, but this went beyond what I am comfortable with. But, for people who aren't bothered by it, I could still recommend this book as a fun read. However, if you're like me and prefer clean language, this might not be the book for you.

  • Nancy Silk
    2019-05-05 03:14

    "A Fun, Enticing Story Of The Third Time Around"This is a very humorous story of Cindy Layton. She's been twice divorced, the last one leaving her to buy another home (more like a cottage) and having to face her ex-husband, an attorney, also her boss. Needless to say, she'll not work there long! She feels like a relic and doubts she can ever establish a new relationship, even on her terms. This is an hilarious journey taking her to blind dates, as well as internet dating sites. Nothing offers her hope. She'd rather stay home in her cave with her dog, Shirley. But ... one day she receives an e-mail from Jay DeMatteo. Can she be swayed to take the risk of starting a new relationship at her age? One reason people like to read is to be entertained. Susan Jean Ricci knows how to entertain with lots of hilarious scenes, which will make you laugh out loud. Also, her story contains many thoughts of wisdom. Highly recommend.

  • Ginger Myrick
    2019-05-18 20:13

    Dinosaurs & Cherry Stems is a fast & furious, fun little read about life after divorce in the new frontier of internet dating. The narrative conveys the full energy and enthusiasm possessed by Ms. Ricci herself and is told in the conversational tone of a weekend gabfest with your best girlfriend over wine and cheese. It is laid out in a blatantly honest fashion that pulls no punches, even relating the self-deprecating thoughts of the main character when she gets herself into hilarious, but avoidable, situations with various schmucks along her path to finding the gentle and caring man she discovers that she deserves.But it is not all fun and games. Despite the light-hearted tone, there is an underlying shrewdness and practical wisdom to be gleaned. The only caution I would render would be that if you are squeamish about language or real (though not explicit) sexual situations, beware. Other than that, pick up a copy and let yourself be entertained!

  • Angela Mortimer
    2019-05-11 02:15

    We all know how difficult it is to find a suitable book for that long flight, or to read around the pool on holiday, well this is it. I smiled most of the way through. No matter the noise I was never distracted. It was so real, the main character very human as are the others and funny. Thoroughly recommend if you feel like a good book that makes you feel good.

  • InD'tale Magazine
    2019-04-22 03:32

    3.5/5.0A witty and at times sarcastic look at love and divorce through the eyes of Cindy, a middle aged woman, that is both honest and entertaining!Read full review in the 2013 Dec/Jan Holiday issue of InD’tale Magazine.

  • Angela
    2019-04-30 22:20

    Really enjoyed this light hearted look at the trials and tribulations that face women after a divorce, in their fifties. Funny and poignant moments are wrapped up with self discovery in this elegantly told tale of finding new love and the rocky road you have to travel down to get there. This is my first read by this author but it won't be the last.

  • Susan
    2019-04-29 00:14

    I thought this was a great effort for a first time author who was nervous about the content and how it would be received. SO far, it has 20 Five *** reviews and is selling well. Thank you all~

  • LiteraryChanteuse
    2019-04-23 02:28

    For a star rating and complete review please visit InD'tale Magazine online, Dec/Jan 2013 issue.

  • Jill
    2019-04-22 23:22

    OMG this book is hilarious! Absolutely loved it! This is one of those that really resonates with me because I can see this kind of relationship happening.

  • Douglas Wickard
    2019-04-24 00:23

    Cindy's divorced - twice! Her last go around...Glen, is a Royal Shit! An egotistical, dishonest male of the worst persuasion. It's almost hard to believe Cindy fell for this brazen, egomaniacal cod. And, to top things off...he's a lawyer who happens to work at the same law office as Cindy. (Ouch!)Now, four years later...Glen's history, her job's--- (hello) history, and Life, with all its comfortable pathos of painful day-in and day-out too has gone bye-bye!History!So, Cindy, single, broken and battered, at the suggestion of a friend, swan dives into the hot-oil of online dating looking for Mr. Right. (Right)Fun, laugh-out-loud expose on the various scenarios Cindy entertains while looking for her web-perfect soul mate along with a sideways glance at our twisted human species attempting socialization. And, other not so honest occupations.Enter... Jay!The Perfect boyfriend, man...husband.The only problem - Cindy!Her past baggage of emotional laundry would squelch even the most ardent, revered male suitor, and let's not forget...we're talking middle-age here.The novel at this point turns analytical. Cindy's wayward, hurt scars of past relationships slip dramatically into the mix as she and Jay do the two-step with forgiveness, compassion and acceptance, not an easy feat, when one person power-lifts excess baggage and the other is expected to pick it up and clean up afterwards without a thank you.The two work through their `stuff', which I enjoyed. It's a difficult tight rope, moving logistically into a middle-age relationship and succeeding at it.I LOVED this endearing story of a woman scorned, becoming the heroine and coming out on top...(no pund intended) I was also thrilled at the outcome! BRAVO! I read this novel in two days. I could not put it down. Mrs. Ricci is a well-rounded writer - clean dialogue - full description - easy read. For an amazing romantic twist, READ DIONOSAURS and CHERRY STEMS!

  • KB Wayne
    2019-05-22 19:43

    The title and premise tickled me -- I loved the idea of a middle-aged woman navigating the dating scene, but I did not love THIS crude, uneducated, low-class middle-aged woman and how she navigated it, with embarrassing stereotypes and men across whom I've never come, and never will.Yes, I am sure women like her exist but they are not in my social circle and I guess that's for a reason. I don't think of myself as a snob but perhaps I am. I just have nothing in common so was totally unable to relate to Cindy, the protagonist. Instead, I found her off-putting. It made me uncomfortable, and while I still do appreciate the author attempting to reach a different demographic and being honest about later-in-life dating (feeling nervous about your post-baby body, for example), I was clearly not in her target.

  • Nicole Normand
    2019-05-16 20:21

    I did not like the main character Cindy. I did not care for her attitude, which did not get better by the end of the book. If she had truly went through 2 divorces, surely her attitude would have changed, but, I guess, some people never learn. When you fail your 1st, you have to think about what went wrong. We don't know much about that 1st one, but she was only married 4 years the 2nd time around and that says a lot. Also the editing could have profited from more time. I simply had a hard time finishing the book because it was either vexing me or boring me. I love the title and see where it comes from.

  • Rebecca Hayes
    2019-05-16 21:26

    It was just ok... It was a little too easy of a read for me. It was predictable and boring.I would have to say the major downfall of this book was the main character. She is whiny, selfish, and just downright unpleasant. I really grew to dislike her by the end of the book.