Things had not been the same between Julie and her fiance, David, since he accepted a job in Paris. They had known each other for almost five years, and in that time, they had never argued much. Lately, though, their relationship had become stormy.They seemed to be finding fault with each other and disagreeing about everything. For the first time, she was starting to wonder if she was ready for marriage.
Why was starting and not started? Is it because of the first times which means she did it after(but we can't call that a start anymore) . Starting is a short action that does not go with past continuous.