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on September 8, 1997
Mary Kate was considered a saint by all who knew her. She was a person who
devoted her life to helping others, especially teenagers in trouble. Her
goodness was rewarded with tragedy when she was severely injured while
stepping between two teens intent on killing each other. She nearly lost her
life. The doctors were convinced that she would never walk or think normally
again. She proves the professionals wrong as she fights all the way to
recover 100% of her physical and
mental faculties. However, she has lost the memories of her past life. The
new Kate is entirely different from the person she was before the incident.
She is now street
savvy, given to cursing, and interested in the opposite sex.

When Kate meets the new editor of the local newspaper, Charles Casey, she
experiences a strong feeling of deja vu. Casey had come to the town to
recover from the death of the woman he once loved, but every time he visits
Kate, he sees glimpses of his beloved in Kate's visage and demeanor.

If a reader believes in miracles, they will want to peruse TWICE UPON A TIME,
a hauntingly memorable tale about two people who get a second chance at
loving each other. Emile Richards allows readers to believe that there are
more things on heaven and earth than anyone has ever dreamed existed. This
turns the novel into a very special paranormal romance that will not be
easily forgotten.

Harriet Klausner
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on June 29, 2006
From the back cover:

A brave new world?

Mary Kate McKenzie loves her work with wayward teens, but her youthful idealism isn't very effective--until a hard knock on the head turns the naive, rosy-viewed woman into a clear-eyed, no-nonsense dynamo whose new attitude makes everyone sit up and take notice. The problem is, Mary Kate has absolutely no memory of her former self. She only knows that she's pregnant--and has no memory of how she got that way!

When sexy journalist Charles Casey arrives to do an article on the center and on Mary Kate, his questions finally begin to unlock some memories--but they seem to be of someone else's life, not her own. And since Casey claims never to have met her before, why does his touch feel so familiar, so right? As the new Mary Kate continues to unfold, she finds herself faced with a choice: should she move toward the excitingly different life her new self can grab, or could she be happy in her former quiet world, with the troubled kids she's learned to love--and Casey by her side?

And my review:

First off, I should state that while TWICE UPON A TIME, is a sequel to ONCE MORE WITH FEELING, both books work just fine as stand-alones. However, if you're planning on reading both books, read ONCE MORE WITH FEELING first, as TWICE does give away much of the plot.

I really enjoyed ONCE MORE WITH FEELING, and TWICE UPON A TIME didn't let me down in the least. While many of the themes in this book are not new, (amnesia, waking up in another person's body), the way the author ties them together is. She has an enjoyable writing style that has an easy flow to it (with no head-hopping!), with a good plot and wonderful characters. While there's no intrigue to this book, and the mystery surrounding the heroine is pretty thin, it doesn't detract from the book at all. The story is about people, not about mile-a-minute action. It's a great human-interest story.

Emilie Richards did a good job of putting burning questions in my mind that kept me turning the pages. I was constantly wondering who Mary Kate really was. Was she another person trapped in someone else's body? Was she Gypsy, the woman the hero had loved and lost? Or was she Mary Kate with a few scrambled brain pathways? Or perhaps a hybrid of the two women? Would she regain her memory, and if she did, whose memory would it be?

I also really liked that the romance wasn't rushed in this book. Too many authors have their characters kissing and/or falling into bed mere minutes after the first hellos. That didn't happen here--thank goodness. When the hero and heroine finally kissed, I wanted it happen almost as badly as they did. The mark of a good author is one who can engage the reader's emotions, and Richards certainly managed to do that here.

The characters grew and developed over the course of the book. I loved watching Mary Kate go from a confused woman ready to run away to a strong woman who grew to love her life. I also loved watching Casey go from being a commit-o-phobic to being a family man.

You can always count on Emilie Richards for an enjoyable read. While TWICE UPON A TIME wasn't a book I'll be keeping to re-read, it was still very good, and I do recommend it. I also recommend ONCE MORE WITH FEELING (the book that precedes TWICE) and THE TROUBLE WITH JOE, all by the same author.
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on September 30, 2008
This book is sort of a sequel to Once More With Feeling. A young idealistic nun wannabe is hit on the head with a shovel by a juvenile delinquint with whom she was working. She recovers physically, but mentally she has no memory of who she was, what she did, what she liked, who she liked etc. The nuns take her home to the center where she had lived before the attack and nurse her back to health. She hates everything about the life--the prayers, the garden, the teens. The temporary editor of the local paper comes in to do a story and the attraction is there. He is the love interest of the TV reporter from Once More with Feeling. He has pulled away from life in the fast lane to try to discover what he really wants out of life. As the two of them work out their lives, complications arise. The most obvious is that she is pregnant, and has no idea who the father is. I enjoyed the book seeing her resolve the "who am I" question
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on June 17, 2013
This was an odd book, not bad just odd. It involves two different women, one dying and one taking over her body.......Ok? Without giving away the story, its a suspend all of your belief's books........pure fantasy. It was ok......but in my opinion just ok not a five star like others were giving it. If you are looking for something to read at the beach or on vacation this might be ok......
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on May 28, 2015
Though I though Mary Kate and Casey would end up happy together, I was floored by everything that happened to Mary Kate just before she was to hurry to the hospital! This book sure kept me thinking!!
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on July 21, 2013
Will be reading more from this author. Couldn't wait to finish so could read next book. Recommend to a friend who is 99 and a great quilter. She loves the stories behind quilt patterns
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on September 1, 2013
Emilie Richards is great. WE are passing them around our quilting group. I wish they were listed in groups so we can keep track of the series we are working on.
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on December 2, 2012
Twice Upon a Time by Emilie Richards
A fascinating read, I thoroughly enjoyed it all the way through. Quite a twist at the end of it too.
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on March 2, 2013
This book had some unexpected twists. I liked the final message it delivered about living for the future not the past.
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on February 8, 2015
One of my favorite authors...Don't know how I missed this one, but I've got it now!
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