Twice in a Lifetime
A funny, uplifting romcom that will make you smile
by Helga Jensen
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 23 Jun 2021 | Archive Date 11 May 2021
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 106 members
What an enchanting novel about a woman, Amelia, who always looks for the best in people and selflessly loves those around her. I certainly laughed out loud numerous times! I always had my suspicion about "Patrick" but glad that through Jamie, she realized the truth. Timing is everything!
Wow just wow. I read this in one sitting I couldn't put it down. Right from chapter one I was hooked all the way through to the end I highly recommend everyone to pre-order this book. It's funny, cute and romantic and that twist. 😮What more can you ask for? I want to go more into detail but don't want to spoil it for you. Go pre-order now you won't regret it. 😁
Ok so I couldn't put this book down! The writing was done absolutely so well! The characters were my absolute favorite! I loved them all! A 💥💥💥💥 read!
Amelia could be your next-door neighbor : a real woman, deceived in many ways by her now ex-husband, trying to keep going with a job she doesn't love and being mom to 8 year-old twins, without finishing the Nutella jar in one go. This book is ... unexpected ! I laughed so hard. There are so many twists, you can't get bored a second. So yes, some things about 'Perfect Patrick' and Jamie are suspicious but you have no idea what Amelia will have to go through to find the right man at the right time... " Like I have always believed, relationships are all about timing." Just one thing : on the cover, is it 2000 Amelia or an unrealistic 2020 version of Amelia ? She isn't how I would picture her at all (too bad, she's so much more than a twenty-something shopping in New York) Thank you to Netgalley for providing an eARC in exchange of an honest review.
I was recommended this book by a friend and I have to admit I was definitely not disappointed! I really enjoyed the wittiness between the characters and the relatability of Amelia and her personal situation. I did predict the twist quite early on which is why I docked a star, but honestly, this read was really enjoyable even having figured out what was going on. I really enjoyed the fact that it highlighted and extremely important lesson on trusting strangers on the internet. Plus it was done in a super fun way! Definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance and humour!
This book was a fun, enjoyable read with a few twist and turns along the way. The writing was done well and the characters are well developed. Some parts felt slightly unrealistic, considering the FMC age, but overall a good book and would recommend to others to enjoy! Thank you to Netgalley for providing and eARC in exchange for an honest review.
This book is a GEM! It’s painfully funny, totally real and the twists and turns, oh my goodness gracious! Amelia has recently and very suddenly been ditched by her husband Richard, trying to juggle her twin boys and a job she hates whilst trying to keep herself from diving head first into a never ending Nutella & Pinot pity party. She starts to wonder is there life after 48? Is there ... love?? Ahhhh had to read it in one sitting, such a feel good book. Thank you to Hera Books for this eARC and to NetGalley for facilitating it.
Thanks Netgalley for a arc copy of this book for a honest review.. Once In a lifetime was such a cute read I read it in one sitting. This book had me smiling I will be doing a pre-order. 5 stars Happy Reading Lisa
What a fantastic read! I enjoyed the characters in the book and the story line! This was a fun, fast read that I enjoyed! I would recommend this book to others to enjoy! Thank you for letting me review this wonderful book!
4 stars This is super cute and really fun! Typically with romances you know where the plot is headed, and while I still enjoy those, I loved that this one was unexpected and unpredictable. Parts were frustrating (don’t want to spoil) and felt a bit unrealistic, especially considering her age, but overall a great read!
I would love to thank Netgalley and the publication for sending me the e-ARC copy. Twice in a Lifetime is divided into small self explanatory chapters which makes it easier to understand what's going be inside. Being a debut author, Helga Jensen wrote the starting of the book is pretty catchy that someone will be hooked instantly on the story line. In the middle, the story got little bit dragged when Amelia was trying to fix her life after the divorce and was looking for "Perfect Patrick" but after that story turns in an interesting way. I liked the back and forth tension between Britain and New York. Super smooth read, I mean in your mind you can totally imagine the scenes. If you are looking for a quick & breezy read at night, I would totally recommend this one. Thanks, Tanjim
While I absolutely loved the concept of this story, I really struggled getting through it. The storyline is super cute. As a wife and a mother, I can certainly relate to Amelia and her best friends. After going through a crappy divorce, Amelia is left with her two boys, best friends Jamie and Sian and a 2o year old memory. A quick encounter in a foreign city with a tall, dark and handsome man and a red thong. Amelia begins to wonder what her life would have been like had she called the number written on the paper all those years ago. Basically, her best friend Sian does not want to see Amelia alone so she sets out posting on social media trying to find this Mr. Perfect. It's a long book, with many ideas that could have been left out. The immaturity of the banter back and forth through text messages annoyed me to say the least. As did Amelia. I spent most of the book thinking "is this woman really this naive"? I will not spoil it for you and tell you if she did indeed find Mr. Perfect. The premise of the book kept me going and I did want to see how it would end. Unfortunately, I give it 4 stars, simply because of the immaturity of the communication between characters. I felt like they were high school children and not grown adults with children of their own. If you are looking for an easy read and one that has some funny parts in it, this may be for you.
A fun book, although a little predictable. Amelia, Sian and Jamie have been friends for years, all have been married but aren't anymore, and they know each other well. So when Amelia embarks on a quest to track down Patrick, a gorgeous man she met for just a few minutes twenty years ago in New York, they are there to support and protect her all the way, especially when it becomes clear that Perfect Patrick has secrets and may not be so perfect after all. My only problem is that these characters all come across as early to mid thirties but they are actually mid to late forties. That just didn't ring true to me so I had to deduct a star.
I enjoyed this book. It was obvious what was going to happen, but I liked the fact it was set in Wales, and not in England. The main character was a bit of a ditz but it was a cute story. Thanks for the complimentary copy.
** Thanks to NetGalley and Hera Books for providing an e-arc in exchange for an honest review** The extremely relatable Amelia is going through a divorce. Her husband left her for another woman. She is 48 years old and spends her days taking care of 8 year old twins and her nights taking care of jars of Nutella and bottles of Pinot. She longs for new love and a new career but fears she is too old. We follow her journey and lessons learned. There is a bit of Amelia in all of us. June 23, 2021 is the publishing date.
I was lucky to receive an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and opinion. This book has all the feels - wow! I sat down and read this in one sitting as I was unable to put it down. Right from chapter one I was hooked all the way through to the very last sentence. I highly recommend you read this as soon as it's available.
It was an enjoyable read and easy to get into! A light hearted romance. Loved the love and friendship between the three main characters.
First off, I loved the story-- a relatively recently divorced mother finds the phone number of a man she met 20 years ago but never called. Her friend convinces her to appeal to the internet for help in finding him-- and it works! Now she has to try to balance chasing her own happiness with being there for her two sons. It was sweet and poignant and funny, absolutely a wonderful read. I did drop a star because the book is set in Wales, with a Welsh protagonist, while Patrick, the love interest, is American-- but his word choices and ways of phrasing sentences were so off (clearly Welsh, not American at all) that I immediately became suspicious of him-- I thought he was a Welsh man pretending to be American. It pulled me out of the story quite a bit and make me suspicious of Patrick from the very first interaction with him (the whole time I was like NO THAT'S NOT HOW AMERICAN'S SPEAK HE'S LYING TO YOU RUN haha).
This was such a cute read. I really enjoyed the pacing of this book and the dialogue. However, I think this book is more tailored for an older audience so I found myself not connecting well with the character. But I loved the romance. Very, very sweet.
***3.5 Stars*** 20 years ago and thousands of miles away from her home in Wales, Amelia had what could have been a meet-cute with a perfectly mysterious stranger. Now, recently divorced from her ex-husband and ready to fall in love again, she and her best friend Sian attempt to reconnect with the one that got away, armed only with his 20-year-old phone number, his first name, and the power of social media. As Amelia travels back to New York to meet him in person, accompanied by her best friend Jamie, she's in for the adventure of a lifetime. Overall, this was a light and fluffy rom com, filled with unpredictably predictable twists and turns and a Serendipity-esque tone. A cute story, I loved Jamie as well as the boys' shenanigans and am now really intrigued about wine with lemonade...I'm a sucker for quite a few of the tropes that popped up along the way (no spoilers!) and was super excited about the premise and set-up of the story. I did, however, have a few qualms and hang-ups, largely pertaining to character attitudes. I felt that the protagonist and her friends seemed much younger than 48 (calling each other "bestie," saying "omg" out loud, the general naivete in their treatment of strangers, etc.), and Perfect Patrick didn't feel like a middle-aged New York man with the sheer number of "xxxx"s in his texts, which to me read as more European, younger, and feminine. Similarly, and on a more minor scale, I found the timeline of the story difficult to situate (though the 20 years ago is explicitly described as 2000, the Club Penguin reference and the DVDs make what should be 2020 feel more like the early 2010s), and I know the Disney in Florida is "Disney World," not "Disneyland," though I'm not sure if those interpretations might be different outside of America, or if an older reader would run into the same blocks there as I did. I'm sure there are people in other demographics who would fall for this book, but for me, these aspects somewhat compromised the authenticity and coherence in character voices and world building. Many thanks to Hera Books and NetGalley for the ARC copy in exchange for an honest review!