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Seems Like Old Times [Kindle Edition]

Joanne Pence
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An emotionally powerful tale of love, loss, and second chances..

Lee Reynolds is unprepared for the torrent of memories that fill her when she returns to her small hometown. She fled soon after high school, breaking ties with her mother and friends, including her high school sweetheart. The reason why is a secret she divulged to only one person, the aunt she turned to during that devastating period.

"Lee Reynolds of New York City" has achieved more fame, wealth and success than little "Lisa Marie Reynolds from Miwok, California," ever imagined possible. Now, she plans to quickly ready her deceased mother's home for sale, and then to hurry back to New York. But she soon discovers that, as much as she doesn't want to be there, events conspire to cause her to finally face her past.

The most difficult part of that past is Tony Santos. The poor son of a Mexican ranch hand, he (like young Lisa) had big dreams for his future. For a while, the two of them saw their future together. But the ugliness of prejudice and ambition, expectation and failure, got in the way.

Lee is surprised to learn Tony has moved back to Miwok to raise his young son. Little does she expect that her feelings for him are still so strong...or his for her. But it is possible to forget the past? Or if not to forget, to forgive? Both she and Tony have changed a lot. Yet seeing him, simply talking with him, she finds that in her heart, it seems like old times...


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"Seems Like Old Times had me in tears while I contemplated decisions from my own life yet it reminded me that love is never a mistake even when it hurts. Pence delivers complex characters who in many ways create their own problems just as we tend to do in real life. Throughout the pages of Seems Like Old Times, the question isn't just about second chances but about forgiveness, understanding, and acceptance of others"     --Reviews With TLC
 

About the Author

Joanne Pence is an award-winning and USA Today best-selling author of the Angie Amalfi mysteries as well as historical fiction, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, a fantasy, and most recently, a paranormal thriller. Her historical and romance novels were first released under the pseudonym "JoMarie Lodge," but now all books are available as e-books and most are also in print. The stories present a variety of times, places, and reading experiences from mysterious to thrilling, emotional to lightly humorous, as well as powerful tales of times long past.

The Angie Amalfi mysteries have been USA Today and Independent Mystery Bookstore Association bestsellers, and the series has won the Independent Booksellers' Golden Scroll Award. SOMETHING'S COOKING, the first book in the series, was nominated for the Romance Writers of America's RITA award in romantic suspense. TOO MANY COOKS, the second book, received a Gold Certificate from RomCon and Reviewers' Choice Award from Romantic Times. COOKS OVERBOARD was a Mystery Guild featured alternate; TO CATCH A COOK was nominated for a Reviewers' Choice "Best Amateur Sleuth" award, Golden Quill Award, and Daphne Du Maurier Award; BELL, COOK, AND CANDLE and TWO COOKS A-KILLING were also nominated for "Best Amateur Sleuth" awards; and the recent books have all been Romantic Times "Top Picks." Joanne is a two-time nominee for the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in Mystery.

The stand-alone novels have all been on Amazon Kindle Top-100 best-seller lists.

Product Details

  • File Size: 482 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Quail Hill Publishing; Second edition (September 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0068WXGB4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,412 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Heartwarming Contemporary Romance June 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was a really heartwarming, down-to-earth, beautiful romance! I really enjoyed reading this book, Lisa and Tony's story was so realistic and lovely.

Lee (Lisa) and Tony were in love as teenagers, but circumstances and life kept them from being together. As adults they have both striven to achieve different dreams and goals, but meet again when Lee must return to her home town to see to her family home.

The main characters were both believable and likable. Lee is a very independent, intelligent, and career-minded woman. She is an extremely successful news anchor, with the perfect fiance, and seemingly perfect life. Tony is just wonderful. He used to be a major league baseball player, but quit playing to spend more time with his son (how sweet). He bought the ranch where he grew up and is content with his life. When they meet again, there are a lot of things from the past that need laid to rest, but boy do sparks fly! You can tell from that first moment that they have unresolved feelings for each other.

The author did a wonderful job of making you feel what Lisa & Tony feel, and her characters were really well developed. I loved that she took her time to really hash out the characters, without making it feel like the story was progressing too slowly. Overall it was a great read, and I really liked it!

***Review copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review***
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars California Dreaming June 15, 2012
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In the best of all possible worlds, SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES would be required reading for any woman conflicted between her small-town and big-city self. It would be required reading for any man who has let his sweetheart escape, and for anyone who just loves a good story. JoMarie Lodge is a versatile writer, musical as in "she'd hear the bustling and laughter of students past and present, hear whispers of secrets shared and promises broken," or clever "Everyone said he was a wonderful weatherman, attractive in a meteorological sort of way. Unfortunately, his precipitation didn't supply the chemical reaction she wanted in a lover, so they were friends and nothing more." Ms. Lodge's comprehensive style, the way she leaves no stone unturned in the depiction of a character, reminds one of Leo Tolstoy or Jonathan Franzen. In SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES she weaves a tale with flesh-and-blood characters, a plot that locks into place and a setting nostalgic yet real.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read at Your Own Risk, but Read... October 5, 2012
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Seems Like Old Times left me squirming the way we do when we recognize characteristics in a character that we don't necessary like about ourselves. Well, that's not quite true, perhaps its more accurate to say characteristics we thought we'd "outgrown" as we matured. The defenses we built to shut out love and true happiness often become mired in what we call reality though it's not really. As I read about Lee's struggles to become the woman she wanted to be I recognized my own struggles to please and find my place in the world. As I read of the love she and Tony shared and she abandoned, my heart ached for lost love yet I recognized my own reluctance to accept love at a young age. Seems Like Old Times is a love story that will strike at the heart of anyone who has ever loved and walked away from a love the heart refused to forget. Sometimes, just as Lee did, we make the decisions we feel we must in the moment, but we sacrifice our own happiness in the process. Then we spend a lifetime trying to find our way back to that happiness just as both Lee and Tony did. When Lee and Tony have a second chance, they struggle to figure out how to resolve the past and embrace a second chance. Seems Like Old Times had me in tears while I contemplated decisions from my own life yet it reminded me that love is never a mistake even when it hurts. Pence delivers complex characters who in many ways create their own problems just as we tend to do in real life. Throughout the pages of Seems Like Old Times, the question isn't just about second chances but about forgiveness, understanding, and acceptance of others but also of one's self. Be warned; reading Seems Like Old Times, may make you nostalgic for a lost love... Read at your own risk, but read. You won't regret it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost Loves! September 30, 2012
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This book was a good read. It made me think back real quickly in my life to see if there was a lost love (didn't find one, so I kept reading).

The characters were real. I could actually see this scenario occurring in real life. There were a couple of slow spots in the book, but I think it was necessary so that the reader could get a complete picture of what was truly going on when the characters were apart from each other. This was also during a time when Tony's world completely fell apart (you need to read it, to see what I am talking about) and was trying to put it back together the best way he knew how.

The storyline did flow well. The only issue I had was with one of the secondary characters: Lee's fiance Bruce. He stated several times that he loved her. Bruce didn't even want to let her go when she was questioning their relationship, but it seems to me he was always putting down where she came from, how she reacted to where she came from, and her lack of support of him (considering he wasn't really supporting her during the death of her mother),

This was the first book I read from this author, and I would actually read another.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars it was a.nice.little.story
It was a good read. Not the best but I enjoyed it. I liked the romance and the first love hometown theme however there seemed to be a lot of needless suffering and secret keeping... Read more
Published 4 months ago by patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars the best of a lot of good ones
As I told my daughter last night this is a real good book " I think I am in love "
She asked me the name and the author.. "Seems Like Old Times. Read more
Published 6 months ago by pennys
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read it has it all
From California to new York. High school to twenty years later. Great read. You will enjoy this book

Penny Garrison
Published 6 months ago by Like this author
4.0 out of 5 stars a good book
Well written, but I didn't love the ending. I wish the female character had been more strong-minded. It felt like she broke character.
Published 10 months ago by Mom2two
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I enjoyed this romance novel. I liked the characters and the way the author portrayed each one. I liked the love story and how the characters overcame the past.
Published 11 months ago by Robynhasthree
5.0 out of 5 stars Just discovered J Pence
I found out about J Pence from a friend and was hooked after the first book I read of hers. So far I have read 4 of her books and loved them. Read more
Published 12 months ago by David G. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars My all time favorite romance book!
This is my all time favorite romance book. I won't go into more details of this book as the Book Description at the beginning does a great job. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Judith Tulloch
5.0 out of 5 stars Seems like old times
Great story....Lee becomes aware that her career wasn't as important as her first love. She decides to live out her life as she chooses not the life her Mother had planned for... Read more
Published 13 months ago by K. Prieto
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written
This book will break your hurt and have you praying for a happy and justify so ending. Lisa and Tony 's love is the persona of teenage love. Read more
Published 13 months ago by All Night Books
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS WAS.....
heartwarming. I thoroughly enjoyed how the writer kept you attached to the characters. The lifetime of rights and wrongs in family dynamics sometimes evolve in happiness. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Megan
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