Nancy Roman

Just What I Always Wanted

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From Amazon reviews:

“I have been reading Nancy Roman’s blog for years, so I was already a fan of her wit and short essays. When I saw that she had written a full-length novel, I knew I had to read it. It didn’t disappoint! It’s one of those books that fully immerses you. I stayed up late to finish it last night and the third “act” had me quietly cheering along (so as not to wake my family, who went to bed at a reasonable hour since they didn’t have a good book to energize them.) Loved it, loved it and my sister called dibs on my copy now that I’m finished. Nancy is such a talent!”

“Don’t miss this acerbically funny, intelligent saga of parenting and love.”

“But mainly, it’s hilarious. Nancy has a wonderful sense of humor and the way she captures this young girl’s personality is absolutely brilliant. I highly recommend this book.”

The characters are engaging and the ending isn’t what I expected, which made it even better.”

“…delightful, fun and poignant.”

About the book:

Cynthia Breault needs a new life.

She’s not miserable. She’s bored. Bored with her safe monotonous job; bored with her cautious loneliness.

Thanks to an unexpected financial windfall, Cynthia opts for early retirement at fifty, hoping to find a new passion. Soon, she thinks she’s found it – in the form of a failing boutique abandoned by its mysterious owner. And the shop is not the only thing the proprietor has deserted. There’s a very nice husband left behind as well.

It’s perfect.

Until Cynthia meets Shannon Miller.  Shannon is fourteen, a tough and defiant casualty of the foster care system.  And she’s pregnant.

Irresistibly drawn to this foul-mouthed, sarcastic, but vulnerable teenager, Cynthia rediscovers long-buried memories.

Suddenly the store seems unimportant.  And hoping she can explain to the new man in her life – eventually, anyway – Cynthia takes the leap.

She offers Shannon a deal. With strings attached.

If they both get what they want, does it matter that their scheme is just slightly illegal?

Click to buy JUST WHAT I ALWAYS WANTED on Amazon


  1. Nancy, I finally bought, read and reviewed your book on Amazon. I really enjoyed it and was especially surprised by the ending. I hope you keep writing–I enjoy your blog and found your book to be a great read.


    • Thanks! I just saw the review, and I’m thrilled that you liked it and wrote so wonderfully about it.


  2. Just ordered your book – sounds great.


  3. I hope you write a follow up to this book. I really enjoyed it.

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    • Thank you so much – I’m glad you enjoyed it. I do have an idea in the works for a sequel.


  4. Nancy, I just finished your book (it took me a grand total of two days to read because I, quite literally, couldn’t put it down!) I’ll be thinking of these characters all night tonight, hoping that they find a way……Really a wonderful read!!!! I will pass it on to my book group!


    • Thank you so much! I’m delighted that you like it and want to share it. We beginning authors need Amazon reviews too – and so if you are so inclined, I would appreciate it!


      • Oh…wait! I think you just DID post a review – a really lovely one! Thanks so much!


      • Done!


  5. Hi Nancy, Trying to connect with you – please take a look at our new site and if so inclined, send me an email to connect. Would love to talk with you. Best, Susan


    • Hi Susan… I was just on and I loved it! Nice articles and a nice clean look. I subscribed. You can write me at


  6. I loved this book! Such a good read and a powerful story.


    • Thank you Erika! I’m so glad you liked it. If you are so inclined, I hope you will consider writing a little review on Amazon.



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