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Feels Like the First Time: A True Love Story [Kindle Edition]

Shawn Inmon
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (454 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"The Wonder Years" meets "The Notebook" in this true-life coming-of-age love story.

If you remember your first love, your first date and your first kiss, then Feels Like the First Time will take you back to those moments. Shawn met Dawn when she moved in next door to him in 1976. Soon, they were best friends, then became each other's first loves. Shawn was outgoing but bookish, Dawn, beautiful and reserved. Their storybook romance came to an end when Dawn's parents forbid them to see each other.

They didn't - for 27 years, until a chance meeting swept them up in a storm of emotions and memories. Can the sweet bond of first love not only survive, but flourish?

Feels Like the First Time lets you share in the magic of young love in small town America in the 1970s. No matter how much the world changes, some things – timeless music, high school dances, making out in the backseat of a Chevy Vega, and of course true love – will always remain the same.

Editorial Reviews


"For women who don't think men are romantic, Shawn Inmon's "true life love story" will prove that isn't true. If nothing else, he's the exception that proves the rule. As much as I liked the love story, I also found the nostalgia in the first part of the story almost as much of a draw." - Big Al's Books and Pals

From the Author

     Feels Like the First Time is an intensely personal book for me. 
     In 2006, I ran into Dawn, my first love, completely by accident. At the time, I hadn't seen her in 27 years. I hadn't spoken of her to anyone for almost that long. Seeing her again shook me to my foundations. I needed to talk to someone, so I reached out to my best friend and sister, Terri. As we were exchanging emails, I asked her why the events of 30 years ago had such an impact on me. It was her idea that I write out what had happened to Dawn and I "back then" and send it to her as a series of individual stories.
     Three years later, Terri called and asked me if I would do her a special favor. She had done so much for me in my lifetime, I didn't hesitate - I agreed without asking what the favor was. She surprised me when she asked me to publish the "story" I had written and sent her three years earlier. Reluctantly, I agreed, although I was hoping she would forget about such a crazy idea. Instead, less than a month later, Terri died. What had started as a favor had just become a life-promise. 
     I published a very rough draft of that story online, hoping to find critiques. Instead, I found Dawn, who I again hadn't spoken to since 2006. This book, then, is the story of a first love - the innocent flirtations, the first date, the first kiss - and the consequences in human terms when love is taken forcibly away. It is also a story of hope and the enduring power of true love. It is my story, but if you grew up in the seventies, or in a small town, or if you remember your own first love, I know you will recognize much of Feels Like the First Time.
     Thank you for taking the time to look at it, and if you decide to read it, thank you again. This book changed my life in more ways than I can count. If you read it, you will be a part of that.

Product Details

  • File Size: 477 KB
  • Print Length: 223 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1479258946
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pertime Publishing; 1 edition (December 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00961VIIM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,158 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Customer Reviews

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful love story - even better because it's true! September 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm not usually much of a romance reader, but I absolutely loved this one. The story is touching, engaging, and well written. The characters draw you in - you really care about and root for them, and I couldn't wait to see how things turned out. The best part, though, is the fact that it's true. It gives you hope for love and life. If their fairy tale came true who knows what can happen.... I highly recommend this book if you enjoy romances, reliving a teen-hood set in the 70's, or just want a wonderful, uplifting story. I look forward to seeing where this author goes in the future!
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read. Could not put it down. September 6, 2012
An intense and moving true love story that will keep you up until you finish it. I laughed and cried right along with Shawn and Dawn. If you have ever been in love, lived in a small town, or tried desperately to do the right thing and failed, you will love this book!
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely heartwarming & beautiful story. September 9, 2012
By JCole
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I could not put this book down. I spent my entire Sunday morning reading it. Shawn's pure honesty and passion for his and Dawn's story comes through beautifully with his incredible writing. I experienced so many emotions while reading it. I laughed and cried with and for Dawn and Shawn. I grew up in Mossyrock and live there today, so all things, people and places were near and dear to me. Including my brother, the roadie/chef. :-) A must read for all who love a well written, honest and heartwarming love story. Thanks to Dawn and Shawn, for sharing it through Shawn's words and both of your hearts.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What An AMAZING Journey.... October 19, 2012
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What a beautiful story and what makes it so amazing?? It is a TRUE one, and no offense Shawn, a wonderful love story written from a boy/man's perspective!! WOW!! What more can I say that hasn't already been said??

Shawn & Dawn's journey...thank you so much for sharing, it was so beautiful. I read books all the time about second chances and redemption, I have to say THIS read is my favorite for "second chances".

I too am a music lover (from the same era) that seems to put a song to the occasion and I love that music plays such an important role in this book.

This book deserves every star and more. Am going to recommend and share this title with pleasure.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True love tale inspires nostalgia, delight October 2, 2012
Shawn Inmon's "Feels Like the First Time" inspired laughter and tears alike as I read. Having grown up in a very small town myself, I related to many of the situations (and yes, challenges) that come with an environment where everyone knows everyone and tends to get into your business.

Inmon tells the story of his growing affection for the literal girl next door, Dawn, and how their relationship develops. At one point, her parents demand that he never see her again -- and he doesn't, for thirty years. The book begins with him walking away from Dawn, as directed -- and then he tells the tale of their relationship and what happened when they accidentally found one another again.

Each chapter head is a song title, which lends even more to the nostalgia (the book takes place in the late 1970s). I remembered each and every song and found that some memories of my own were triggered by the music. As a result, Inmon not only put me directly into his world but allowed me to relate it to where I was at the time of the events. Dawn and I were the same age at the time this book took place, and (like her) I had strict parents. I found myself chafed on her behalf as I remembered similar situations from my own life!

This is a true love story, one with drama and delight in equal measure. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book January 29, 2013
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I loved this book. Well written. I hated for it to end even tho it was a happy ending. I had trouble putting it down to get my work done.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading January 28, 2013
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Great story...lookin forward to more books by this author..I'm so glad that this book ended the way it did...really enjoyed this book
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sentimental and sweet! September 6, 2012
By di470
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[[ASIN:B00961VIIM Feels Like the First Time]

Wonderful, down-home love story. Brings back unforgettable memories of high school and my first love(who's still sitting in the front room after 42 yrs.)Read it and don't forget the tissues!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Feels like the First Time: A TRUE LOVE STORY
I felt the aches and pains of being a high school teenage boy who falls in love with girl (the first and only girl) who can talk to him as a friend. Read more
Published 19 hours ago by Ivor H. Hoglund
5.0 out of 5 stars True to life
We always have that one young love that was never allowed to develope. Whether due to location, education, age or parental interference, we always remember it as though it were... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Johanna Martin
1.0 out of 5 stars Pedantic plus
This is over the top for teenage angst please spare me the details. Not a bad story but very boringly told.
Published 4 days ago by Carol B
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!!
My husband actually ordered this book, which is not typical for him at all. He couldn't put it down! Once he finished the book, he urged me to read it. Wow... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Lene B. Haney
5.0 out of 5 stars Effectively Brought Me Back to the '80's
A great story! There are few stories that hold my attention enough to want me to keep reading without taking a break. Read more
Published 8 days ago by David Marchfourth
2.0 out of 5 stars Soap Opera Story of First Love
Story read like a soap opera. The way the book relates love to rock and roll songs is childish. It read like a bad romance magazine.
Published 11 days ago by gene lewit
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Love Story
Loved the book, start to finish. Found it difficult to put down. Knowing it was a true story made it so much better.
Published 12 days ago by Mother Nature
4.0 out of 5 stars from a boy / mans point of view
I really enjoyed this story. Very few are from a boy, then a man's point of view. A great change of pace.
Published 13 days ago by kcjshmom
2.0 out of 5 stars Nancy hodges
I chose this because I was in a mood for a love story. It was a good story about love found love lost and then found again. It was an easy read.
Published 13 days ago by Nancy Hodges
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Endings
Could not put it down once I started reading it, and the journey of Shawn and Dawn was on my mind for days to come. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Sieglinde H Paulsen
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More About the Author

Shawn Inmon hails from Mossyrock, Washington--the setting for his
first full-length book, Feels Like the First Time. By day he works
in real estate with a side of public speaking; prior to that, he has
DJed, sold stuff that you definitely wanted, cooked your hamburgers,
fished for crabs, bought for department stores, and done business
consulting. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Dawn. He is a
father of five, grandfather of five and best pal of two chocolate labs
named Hershey and Sadie. You can follow his blog and see more pictures
from Feels Like the First Time at To keep current
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