Personal Essay

The Problem with Starting Over

After You’ve Been Treated Badly

Wendy Cohan
5 min readJul 24, 2023

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“Keep your heart open,” “don’t be too picky,” “give people a chance,” are the words of advice I often hear. I also hear the tales of people who fell in love on a whim, trusting their hearts completely after first meeting “the one.” When I ask them how they knew, it was often something as simple as, “he was…

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Wendy Cohan

Author of character-driven women's fiction, short stories, and essays. Her contemporary romance, The Renaissance Sisters, debuted May 23, 2023.