Twice In A Lifetime
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Twice In A Lifetime

I haven’t read any books by this author, but I decided to read Twice In A Lifetime because I liked its premise.

Amelia might have met The One. But is she twenty years too late?

After her husband left her out of the blue, the only relationship 45-year-old Amelia Simpson has enjoyed recently is with Nutella and Pinot Grigio. While her 8-year-old twin boys, Jasper and Rupert, keep her busy, Amelia dreams of a life more than washing muddy rugby kits and weekly chats with best friends Sian and Jamie.

Amelia needs some magic back in her life – but magic seems in short supply in her small Welsh village. So when she finds the phone number that was given to her twenty years ago by a handsome stranger in New York, Amelia wonders whether he might be The One That Got Away.

But when Sian takes matters into her own hands, launching a worldwide hunt to find the handsome stranger Amelia met outside Tiffany’s two decades ago, Amelia finds herself on a flight to the Big Apple to reconnect with her ‘Perfect Pierre’.

But as the two explore the sights of NYC, has Amelia reconnected with The One? Or will she discover that the sparkle she was missing is actually closer to home?

A funny, relatable romcom about second chances that fans of Kathryn Freeman and Sophie Ranald will love.

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

After a bad divorce, Amelia, longs to feel loved and wanted. While leading a busy life looking after her two boys and spending time with her good friends Sian and Jamie, she is still looking for romance.

She recalls a quick meeting with a tall, dark and handsome stranger in New York several years ago, and before she was married. While he had given her his number and asked her out, she hadn’t pursued anything . Now she starts to think of what-ifs and if-onlys. And there begins a new chapter in her life, spurred on by her friend Sian. Soon, thanks to Jamie’s generosity, she’s jetting away to meet the man!

How will this romance turn out? Will she end up with the perfect man for her?

The story peaks of the vulnerability of women who’ve been cast aside by their husbands or boyfriends. But it is also a story of friendship and loyalty and I enjoyed the humour with which it was told. I absolutely loved Jamie’s character, found Amelia a bit easily led and Sian a bit over the top – but they were all totally relatable made the story an enjoyable one.

The Author

Helga Jensen is a freelance journalist, of mixed Danish and Welsh parentage. Twice in a Lifetime is her debut novel, and the first chapter was a winning entry at the Emirates Literature Festival in Dubai in 2017. 

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A lover of words. A self-acceptance blogger. A creativity coach. A book reviewer. A woman happily journeying through midlife, moving from self-improvement to self-acceptance and enjoying being herself. I write about life, wellness, relationships at Everyday Gyaan. An avid reader, I review books at and offer coaching to writers and bloggers and anyone looking to explore their creativity at The Frangipani Creative, located in Secunderabad, India.

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